Group B at Euro 2021: scores, standings and who progresses to the round of 16
Russia, Denmark, Finland and Belgium played their final group stage games on Monday with the Red Devils and Denmark going through to the last 16.
Belgium progressed as group winners after a 2-0 victory over Finland on Monday in the final round of fixtures in Group B at the 2020 European Championship. Roberto Martínez fielded the bulk of the side that had already ensured the Red Devils’ place in the last 16 with victories over Russia and Denmark and Belgium finally ended a 50-year.old hoodoo in Saint Petersburg: they had not beaten Finland in over half a century, losing three and drawing four of the last seven meetings between the sides.
Belgium only needed a point to ensure top spot but Finland went into the game knowing they too would advance to the knock-out stages with either a win over Martínez’s side, or a draw in the event that Russia were beaten by Denmark. As it transpired, Kasper Hjulmand's side secured second place via a crushing 4-1 win, Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen and Joakim Mæhle providing the goals to send Russia home despite Artem Dzyuba pulling one back, while Finland's hopes of playing on depend on results elsewhere after a third-placed finish.
Belgium to play a third-placed side, Denmark to face Wales
⚽ #EURO2020 #GroupB ⚽#BEL goes through the knockout stage with a maximum number of points, while #DEN in a thriller finale goes through as the second from Group B. #FIN still on hold, while #RUS will pack their bags and head out home. pic.twitter.com/lJVn0c2rrh— AS English (@English_AS) June 21, 2021
Belgium will face a third-placed team from either Group A, E or F in the last 16. As things stand, only Switzerland are currently in the mix as opponents for the Red Devils after ending their Group A campaign behind Wales on goal difference.
Denmark will take on Wales in the first knock-out stage.
Finland will have to wait until the dust settles on the opening round of the tournament to find out if they will feature in the last 16. If they qualify among the four best third-placed sides they will play either the winner of Group E or Group F, the "group of death" featuring France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary.
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