On The Ball: Underdogs' progress a matter of everything falling into place at Euros

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring the 2-0 goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match with Germany on June 29, 2021.
England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring the 2-0 goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match with Germany on June 29, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON - The road to the exit doubled up as a parade of the Euro 2020 favourites. Out went the Netherlands, Croatia, Portugal, France and Germany. Their dramatic departures left a quarter-final line-up with a difference.

Perhaps it consists of a big four - Belgium, England, Spain and Italy, whose combination of defensive resolve and attacking flair now makes them the likeliest winners - and a small four of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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