Phil Foden, Kai Havertz and every player in danger of missing Euro 2020 quarter-finals through suspension
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In this article, we take a look at each and every player walking the disciplinary tightrope ahead of the European Championships’ Round-of-16.
The final round of group stage fixtures at Euro 2020 were of course played out a little over 24 hours ago.
A pair of pulsating meetings between Germany and Hungary, and Portugal and France, brought an apt close to not only the competition’s ‘Group of Death’, but its opening round as a whole.
An action-packed couple of weeks, complete with stunning goals, red cards, controversial decisions and shock results, has since culminated in eight nations being sent on their way.
The sides in question? Turkey, Finland, Russia, North Macedonia, Scotland, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.
England’s midfielder Jack Grealish (L) fights for the ball with Scotland’s defender Stephen O’Donnell during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D football match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London on June 18, 2021. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
For the remaining 16 nations, though, attentions will now turn to the Euros’ first round of knockout fixtures.
Saturday will see Wales and Denmark get the action underway, before Italy and Austria do battle a short time later. The ensuing three days, meanwhile, feature a host of mouthwatering ties, including showdowns between both England and Germany, and Belgium and Portugal.
Foden & Gundogan amongst those at risk
Ahead of the Last-16 action getting underway, though, which nations have been left to sweat over the potential availability of their stars for the tournament’s quarter-finals?
The current Euros format means that any player who picks up two yellow cards (or a red) before the completion of the last-8 round of fixtures will be suspended for a single game.
In turn, below you can find a comprehensive list of those one booking away from a suspension:
– Stefan Lainer, David Alaba, Daniel Bachmann
– Thorgan Hazard
– Duje Caleta-Car, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic
– Lukas Masopust, Adam Hlozek
– Mikkel Damsgaard, Daniel Wass, Mathias Jensen, Thomas Delaney
– Phil Foden
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Phil Foden of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on June 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)
– Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez
– Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz, Matthias Ginter, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane
– Matteo Pessina
– Marten de Roon
– Ruben Dias
– Pau Torres, Rodri, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba
– Mikael Lustig, Kristoffer Olsson, Marcus Danielson
– Fabian Schar, Breel Embolo, Granit Xhaka, Mario Gavranovic, Kevin Mbabu
– Serhiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko
– Kieffer Moore, Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Chris Mepham, Chris Gunter
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 12: Kieffer Moore of Wales (L) celebrates with Bale (R) after drawing with Switzerland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Wales and Switzerland on June 12, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)