Euro 2020 Power Rankings: Italy on the rise, Germany slide

Euro 2020 Power Rankings: Italy on the rise, Germany slide

With the competition’s first round of group games now in the books, Goal breaks down which teams look most likely to contest the final on July 11

Euro 2020 is finally here! But who will lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium on July 11? 

Goal ranks all 24 contenders following the first round of group games, from least likely to make it out of the groups to tournament favourites…

  • Getty Images#24 North Macedonia | Last time: 22ndIf North Macedonia are to make the knockout stages, they probably needed to take something off Austria in their Group C opener.And though they put up a strong fight, their 3-1 loss in Bucharest means their chances of reaching the last 16 have gone from slim to almost non-existent.
  • Getty Images#23 Hungary | Last time: 21stTo credit Hungary, they came so close to nicking a point against Portugal, as they battled hard in front of a boisterous Budapest crowd.Defeat, though, leaves them with an even bigger mountain to climb than previously, as they aim to pull off the shock of the competition by making the knockout stages from Group F.
  1. #22 Scotland | Last time: 20th

    Steve Clarke’s side mustered 19 shots against Czech Republic in their first match at a major tournament in 23 years, but they could not find the net on what was a frustrating afternoon at Hampden Park.

    On paper, that looked the Tartan Army’s most winnable fixture, and they now must do things the hard way by beating either England or Croatia to have a chance of avoiding an early exit.

  2. #21 Russia | Last time: 18th

    This is not the same Russia team which charmed the globe by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil in 2018, with their lacklustre showing against Belgium one of the worst of the opening round of games.

    Even with more manageable fixtures to come in Group B, they will have to show a huge improvement if they are to turn things around

    1. #20 Finland | Last time: 24th

      Finland’s historic first appearance at a major tournament will unfortunately be remembered for the tragic circumstances that surrounded it.

      That said, after their 1-0 win over Denmark, the tournament minnows now have a real shot at making the knockout stages.

      Even if that is far as they go, it will still be seen as a monumental achievement by Markku Kanerva’s side.

    2. #19 Poland | Last time: 13th

      How many more times are Poland going to disappoint at a major tournament?

      They have only made it out of the groups once in their last five appearances at World Cups and Euros, and after defeat against Slovakia they are yet again staring an early elimination in the face.

      If they are to turn things around, they need Robert Lewandowski to improve his measly record of scoring just two goals in 12 tournament appearances.

    3. #18 Wales | Last time: 19th

      Despite fighting back to claim a point against Switzerland, Wales’ performance in Baku was uninspiring to say the least.

      They must now overcome what will feel like a home crowd for Turkey in Baku on Wednesday if they are to avoid having to go to Rome knowing they must beat Italy in their final Group A encounter.

    4. #17 Slovakia | Last time: 23rd

      Slovakia may not have impressed many in qualifying for Euro 2020, but the way in which they nullified a Poland attack including Robert Lewandowski in their Group E opener proved to be one of the more eye-catching tactical displays of the tournament so far.

      Milan Skriniar’s winning goal in St. Petersburg means they now have a real shot of reaching the last 16, even if tougher tests are still to come against Spain and Sweden.

      1. #16 Ukraine | Last time: 15th

        Ukraine came into the tournament as something of an enigma, and it remains difficult to nail down just how good they are following their 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in Group C.

        That they showed the character to fight back from 2-0 down to draw level is encouraging, but some of the chances Andriy Shevchenko’s side gave up in Amsterdam are real cause for concern moving forward.

      2. #15 Austria | Last time: 17th

        Despite recording their first ever win at a European Championship, Austria showed little in their victory over North Macedonia that suggested they will be able to progress deep into this tournament.

        They remain reliant on moments of magic from David Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer, and though they are well placed to reach the last 16, do not expect them to go much further than that.

      3. #14 Croatia | Last time: 14th

        Croatia, and in particular Luka Modric, showed against England that when faced with lesser opposition, they will be able to control possession in midfield, but their issues clearly lie in both boxes.

        Failure to beat a buoyant Czech Republic would put the 2018 World Cup finalists in real danger of elimination, and they need to find a flicker of inspiration from someone other than their Ballon d’Or winner.

      4. #13 Turkey | Last time: 10th

        Arguably the biggest disappointment of the opening round of games, Turkey failed to live up to the hype as they were swept aside by Italy.

        Quite how bad that 3-0 defeat was will be contextualised over the next few days, but they will be glad to be playing their next two games in Baku, with thousands of Turkey supporters set to be in attendance in Azerbaijan.

        1. #11 Denmark | Last time: 8th

          Get well soon, Christian Eriksen.

          However far Denmark go in Euro 2020, it pales in significance to the health of their star midfielder, as well as the wellbeing of his team-mates who were so clearly affected by Saturday’s events in Copenhagen.

          Nothing else really matters.

        2. #10 Sweden | Last time: 12th

          It may not have been pretty, but Sweden’s rearguard action to keep out Spain in Seville was certainly effective, and if not for poor finishing themselves, could have been enough to claim a surprise victory.

          Regardless, they find themselves in a decent position to qualify for the knockout stages, and though they may need to be more adventurous in the games to come, the foundations are there to potentially make a deep run.

        3. #9 Czech Republic | Last time: 16th

          The Czechs were rarely mentioned as a dark horse before the tournament started, but there was plenty to like about their win over Scotland, even if they did concede a lot of chances in their Group D opener.

          Patrik Schick is sure to have taken a lot of confidence from his stunning double while in Tomas Vaclik they look to have a goalkeeper in inspired form. A quarter-final place should not be beyond them.

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  2. #8 Germany | Last time: 6thThere may have been some pre-tournament hope that Germany would be able to shake off the shackles of recent years following Joachim Low’s decision to announce his departure, but against France they struggled to create many clearcut opportunities.They will need to show much more attacking edge if they are to even make the knockout stages, with Portugal next up on their schedule.
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  4. #7 Spain | Last time: 7thBack at the 2018 World Cup, Spain were roundly criticised for not being able to create goalscoring chances despite dominating possession.Three years on, though they did produce opportunities to break Sweden’s resistance in Seville, the same issues are threatening to undermine Luis Enrique’s side.Improvements in the final third are needed if they are to live up to their tag as one of the favourites.
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  6. #6 Netherlands | Last time: 9thWill the Netherlands be fun to watch at Euro 2020? You bet. Does that mean they are among the potential winners? Probably not.The good and bad of Frank de Boer’s side were on show in their thrilling win over Ukraine, but they will have to show much more solidity if they are to go far in the tournament.With that in mind, then, enjoy them while you can!
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  8. #5 England | Last time: 4thIt may not have been the swashbuckling attacking performance that many expected from England at this tournament, but their 1-0 win over Croatia certainly got the job done at Wembley.There was a maturity to Gareth Southgate’s side that belied their relative inexperience, and though there are still issues to iron out in a number of areas, they will be hopeful of slowly building on this display in the weeks to come.
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  2. #4 Italy | Last time: 5thTalk about laying down a marker!Despite their long unbeaten run, there were still some questions that Italy needed to answer as they kicked-off the tournament against Turkey, but they produced one of the outstanding performances of the opening round of fixtures to secure a 3-0 victory.It was a display which will have made the rest of the contenders sit up and take notice, with Roberto Mancini’s side now very much among the favourites to go all the way.
  3. Portugal | Last time: 3rdGetty/Goal
  4. #3 Portugal | Last time: 3rdFor over 80 minutes in Budapest, it looked like Portugal were yet again to make a slow start to a tournament, and given the make-up of their group, that could have been terminal.But three late goals puts them in good shape to qualify from the ‘Group of Death, and with Cristiano Ronaldo up and running too, they will take some stopping.
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  6. #2 Belgium | Last time: 2ndEven without Kevin De Bruyne and with Eden Hazard left on the bench, Belgium were always going to have too much for Russia.We have seen the Red Devils breeze through the group stages of major tournaments before, though, and we probably will not know whether they truly are potential finalists until the knockout stages get under way.
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  8. #1 France | Last time: 1stIt was not a vintage performance from France in their opener against Germany, but they still managed to lay down a marker with their 1-0 win in Munich.Defensively solid and with almost unrivalled attacking talent, Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winners remain the team to beat over the next few weeks.


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  1. Great competition

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