Wales, NI & England learn last-16 ties

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Euro 2016
Venue: France Date: 10 June – 10 July
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Wales. Plus the BBC Sport website and app

Wales will play Northern Ireland in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while England take on Iceland and the Republic of Ireland face France.

The Republic were minutes from going out but finished third in Group E with a late 1-0 win over Italy and progress.

Wales, who topped Group B, play Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland in Paris on Saturday (17:00 BST).

England, who were runners-up behind Wales, play surprise Group F runners-up Iceland in Nice on Monday (20:00 BST).

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side, who like Northern Ireland qualified as one of four best third-placed teams, take on hosts France in Lyon on Sunday at 14:00 BST.

Neither Northern Ireland nor Wales had ever qualified for the European Championship before this year’s edition, the first to feature 24 teams, while it is the first time the Republic have made the knockout stages of a Euros.

The last time the Republic of Ireland played France was in 2009, when Thierry Henry handled the ball in the build-up to the deciding goal in a World Cup qualification play-off.

England last faced Iceland in 2004 when Darius Vassell scored twice in a 6-1 friendly win before the Euros in Portugal.

With a population of just 330,000 they are the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament.

Draw drama

The Republic of Ireland were heading out before a late Robbie Brady header gave them a 1-0 win over Italy and sent them through as another one of the best third-placed teams.

That late drama echoed scenes earlier on Wednesday as Iceland sealed second place in Group F by scoring a last-minute goal to beat Austria 2-1.

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That twist left Portugal in third – after their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo criticised Iceland’s “small mentality” earlier in the group stages.

Had the match finished 1-1, England would have faced Portugal in the last 16 instead.

The Portuguese, who now play Group D winners Croatia, knocked England out of the European Championship in 2004 and the World Cup in 2006, both times after a penalty shootout.

The full draw

All times BST

Switzerland v Poland (Saturday 14:00)

Wales v Northern Ireland(Saturday 17:00)

Croatia v Portugal (Saturday 20:00)

France v Republic of Ireland(Sunday 14:00)

Germany v Slovakia (Sunday 17:00)

Hungary v Belgium (Sunday 20:00)

Italy v Spain (Monday 17:00)

England v Iceland (Monday 20:00)

Reaction

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live: “It does not get any better than this. We wanted this, we were desperate for this – I fancied our chances.

“It is amazing. I am so happy for Martin O’Neill, the staff and the supporters. They have done us all proud. This is incredible.”

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Key stats

  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at four different Euros when he netted against Hungary.
  • This year’s final is already guaranteed to feature a nation that has never won a major tournament.
  • England averaged 60.5% possession in the group stages; Iceland’s was 29.0%.
  • Victory over Italy was the Republic of Ireland’s first Euros win since beating England in their first ever game at the finals in 1988.

Who is out?

Albania’s players were rewarded with diplomatic passports after a 1-0 win over Romania gave them hope of progressing as one of the best third-placed teams, but missed out on goal difference.

Romania, denied a point against France in the tournament’s opening match by a late Dimitri Payet strike, finished bottom of Group A.

Russia’s players were widely criticised in the nation’s media after finishing bottom of Group B with just one point, despite holding England to a draw with a late goal of their own. Manager Leonid Slutsky has offered his resignation.

Ukraine were the only side to fail to score and the only side without a point, the 2-0 defeat by Northern Ireland ultimately proving enough for Michael O’Neill’s side to progress.

Sweden finished bottom of Group E after defeat by Belgium on Wednesday, prompting striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement.

Turkey’s 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic gave them hope of making the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams but they were denied by the Republic of Ireland’s winner against Italy.

The Czechs finished bottom in Group D, while Austria scored just one goal in their three games to finish bottom of Group F.

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