Euro 2016 permutations and combinations: Which teams can make it to the knockout rounds?
UEFA Euro 2016 has been action-packed so far, with a lot of interesting results, as teams who were tagged as favourites unable to take advantage of their situation. With two matchdays gone, there is only one more match left for teams to show they are good enough to qualify for the knockouts.
Some groups are more close than the others, with the Umbro supported Republic of Ireland part of one such group, as they look to qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams, just as they did during the qualification campaign.
Here are all the permutations and combinations that could be possible -
This group is almost settled as France and Switzerland sit pretty at the number one and two spots. France are already assured of a round of 16 spot with 6 points from two games and there is no chance that Romania, the third-placed team, can catch up with them since they have just one point under their name.
Switzerland need a draw in the least to secure a top two position. However, they play hosts France next and things would get interesting if the home team wins because if that happens, Romania could finish as runners-up of Group A with a win big enough to give them the edge on goal difference against the Swiss.
Albania have no chance of finishing in top two, but they can sneak into the number 3 spot and hope that they are one of the best third-placed sides. That however works only if they win their next game against Romania.