Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012 © Getty Images
Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012 © Getty Images

The round of 16 fixtures for Euro 2016 have been announced, with Italy set to meet Spain in what is a repeat of Euro 2012 final. The top two teams from each group, along with the best four third placed teams qualified for the next round. Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia and Northern Ireland are the beneficiaries of the new rule, which was put into use in this tournament. The round of 16 will kick off on June 25, with the first fixture set between Switzerland and Poland. The round of fixtures will be complete when England take on Iceland on June 27. Eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Apart from the Italy-Spain clash, Portugal’s match against Croatia is much awaited. The Croatians finished top of their group, beating Spain en-route. Portugal on the other hand were shoddy in each of their three games. While they did not lose any match, they couldn’t manage to win one, drawing all of their games.

Hosts France have got a great chance to qualify for the quarters, having been drawn up against Republic of Ireland. France are the heavyweights and one of the favorites, but Ireland should not be considered minnows, considering they recently beat Italy 1-0.

World Champions Germany will take on Slovakia. The Germans were far from their best in the group stages, and will face a stern test against a Slovakia side which has nothing to lose.

Round of 16 fixtures:

Switzerland vs Poland

Croatia vs Portugal

Wales vs Northern Ireland

Hungary vs Belgium

Germany vs Slovakia

France vs Republic of Ireland

Italy vs Spain

England vs Iceland