And now, to the Group of Death.
Or can it truly be a “Group of Death” if three teams will potentially advance out of it?
Either way, the group with the reigning world champions (France), the reigning European champions (Portugal) and the world champions before the current world champions and a semifinalist the last time there was a Euro tournament (Germany) is about to take the field.
Oh, and there’s Hungary.
Poor Hungary. Poor, poor Hungary. They did nothing to deserve this.
As compared to the last three days, we only have two games going today as the first round of group phase fixtures wraps up. They are:
- Hungary vs. Portugal
- Germany vs. France
Hello, Group of Death.
Nice to see you. It’s taken a few days, but we’re here.
While Germany might not be thought of as the same kind of team they were a couple of years ago or when they were winning the World Cup in 2014, this is a group that has the potential to see the top three teams but up on each other over the course of the group stage.
Now, there is a very good chance that we see all three of these Group F rivals advance to the knockout round because new rules are dumb and take away from some of the drama. But, until we know otherwise, we shall consider this group as the Group of Death. And hopefully, after a pretty solid opening round of fixtures for the rest of the tournament’s field, we get a pretty good day before we return to the front of the line and watch Italy on Wednesday night.
MATCH INFO: Hungary vs. Portugal
When: 6 p.m. local time and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. on the East Coast; 9 a.m. on the West Coast
Where: Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary
HOW TO WATCH
Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 (Canada); ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland (United Kingdom)
Online/mobile: WatchESPN, TUDN,com (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); The ITV Hub (United Kingdom)
MATCH INFO: Germany vs. France
When: 9 p.m. local time and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; 12 p.m. on the West Coast
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
HOW TO WATCH
Television: ESPN, Univision, TUDN USA (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom)
Online/mobile: WatchESPN, Univision NOW, TUDN,com, TUDN app (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web (United Kingdom)
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