Marked by mostly familiar faces but also several shocking qualifications, the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage wrapped up Wednesday with 16 teams heading to the knockout stage.
Host country France, reigning two-time defending champion Spain, Italy and Germany continue to stand out as the heavy favorites. But the tournament’s also seen the likes of first-time participants Iceland and Wales, as well as underdogs Hungary and Northern Ireland, advance to the Round of 16.
The knockout stage commences Saturday with Group A’s second-place finisher Switzerland dueling Group C runner-up Poland, followed by Wales facing Northern Ireland and Croatia meeting long-time underachiever Portugal.
Led by Real Madrid winger and three-goal scorer Gareth Bale, Wales earned a first-place finish in Group B over rival England, in one of the many intriguing storylines of the tournament.
Despite the Portugal netting just one goal in its first two matches, the Cristiano Ronaldo-led squad managed to squeak in as the third-place finisher in Group F after a 3-3 tie with first-place winner Hungary.
Portugal next draws a Croatia side that surprisingly overtook Spain for first in Group D, netting five goals and two victories in the group stage, including one over the Spanish.
The Hungarians will stare down previous favorite Belgium, which secured second in Group E after bumping Sweden 1-0 in its final group match.
France, which at times found it difficult to find the proper form, cleared Switzerland by two points to claim Group A and aim for the quarterfinals for the third time in four attempts. Didier Deschamps’ side next meets Ireland Sunday.
Making it out of the group stage for the first time, Ireland’s Robbie Brady scored a header against Italy Wednesday when his side needed the three points from a victory to advance.
Having secured first in Group E after two matches, Italy can gain some revenge on Spain when the two nations clash Monday. The Spanish earned their second straight crown by dismantling Italy 4-0 in 2012.
Coming off a World Cup title in 2014, Germany next draws Group B’s third-place finisher, Slovakia. The three-time Euro champs joined Croatia, France and Poland as the only countries to rack up seven points in the group stage.
Meanwhile, underdog Iceland will stare down England in the second round Monday after draws against the Portuguese and Hungarians and a shocking 2-1 victory over the Austrians in its first European Championship endeavor.
Here’s a look at the full table.