Euro 2016 round of 16 throws up two intriguing ties

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The group stages are now over, and we know who will be facing who in this year's Euro 2016 round of 16.

So far it has been the tournament of the underdogs, with Hungary topping group F, and Iceland coming second in the same group.

Here are the two round of 16 matches you simply need to watch next week.


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Spain vs Italy (27th June, 17:00)

After losing their last group game against Croatia, defending champions Spain face Italy in the round of 16.

A repeat of the Euro 2012 final when Spain ran out 4-0 winners, the Italians will be looking to enact revenge after their final heartbreak last time around.

Italy qualified top of their group with a game to spare, in a group that also included Belgium, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Despite their team being considered the worst taken to an international competition in recent memory, the Italians have conceded just one goal in their three games of the group stages.

After their disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup, meaning elimination at the group stages, Spain will be hoping to overcome a tight Italian back line in order to keep their title defense on course.

With both teams containing world-class players and history behind them, this is one match that will have everyone on the edge of their seats and is considered a must watch.

Hungary vs Belgium (26th June, 20:00)

After an electrifying 3-3 draw with Portugal in their final group game, Hungary have managed to defy all the odds and qualify top of group D.

The underdogs will be hoping that with some momentum, and their proud history behind them, this crop of players will be able to bring the country close to the former glory of the 60s.

Belgium have qualified with a clinical 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland, and a 1-0 against Sweden in their last group match, leaving them second in group E.

The nation is the highest ranked team at the competition, being second in the FIFA world rankings, just ahead of Colombia in third.

With an impressive arsenal of attacking players at their disposal, including the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium will be expected to get through the round of 16 against a spirited Hungary side.

Despite this it looks to be one of the most interesting games of the round of 16.

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