Ireland join Britain’s teams in voting to remain in Europe: Euro 2016 last-16 fixtures

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 June, 2016, 5:24am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 June, 2016, 5:49am

The Republic of Ireland’s stunning late win over Italy ensured they joined the three teams from the United Kingdom in the knockout stage of Euro 2016.

The bottom half of the draw is stacked with traditional powerhouses - Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England - while the top half is quite the opposite, the star power of Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal notwithstanding.

On Wednesday, minnows Iceland sealed their place with a famous 2-1 win over Austria, while Portugal scraped through in third place with a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired 3-3 draw against Hungary.

A sensational late winner from Robbie Brady gave Ireland the win they needed to go through as one of the four best third-placed teams, while Radja Nainggolan’s effort was enough to seal second place for Belgium and eliminate Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden.

The knockout stage kicks off on Saturday night, Hong Kong time.

Fixtures (draw order, Hong Kong time):

Switzerland v Poland - Saturday 25 June, 9pm (Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne)

Croatia v Portugal - Saturday 25 June, 3am Sun (Stade Bollaert Delelis, Lens)

Wales v Northern Ireland - Saturday 25 June, 12am Sun (Parc des Princes, Paris)

Hungary v Belgium - Sunday 26 June, 3am Mon (Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse)

Germany v Slovakia - Sunday 26 June, 12am Mon (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)

Italy v Spain - Monday 27 June, 12am Tue (Stade de France, Paris)

France v Ireland - Sunday 26 June, 9pm (Parc OL, Lyon)

England v Iceland - Monday 27 June, 3am Tue (Allianz Riviera, Nice)

Bookies’ odds

France 4-1

Germany 4-1

Belgium 11-2

Spain 6-1

England 8-1

Croatia 9-1

Portugal 10-1

Italy 16-1

Poland 20-1

Wales 20-1

Switzerland 40-1

Hungary 66-1

Iceland 100-1

Ireland 100-1

N.Ireland 200-1

Slovakia 200-1