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Best third-placed teams of Euro 2024: who will advance to the last 16 of the European Championship?

Euro 2024 is heading towards the knockout stages and the challengers will soon be reduced to the last 16 after the group stage.

The expansion of the tournament from 16 teams to 24 necessitated a process change, allowing more teams to progress from the groups.

Here, GOAL looks at the teams that will reach the knockouts as the best qualifiers for third place.

Third place qualification for Euro 2024 explained

There are six groups in Euro 2024, but only four third-place teams will progress to the last 16, joining the top 12 qualifiers.

The teams placed third in the group are ranked in a table and the best performing teams advance.

The ranking is based on a number of factors, in order:

  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. wins
  5. Disciplinary points (based on yellow cards and red cards)
  6. European Qualifiers Ranking

Rankings for best third place teams of Euro 2024

*Updated from games played on June 26, 2024.

The final third-place ranking will not be officially confirmed until all pools have been completed and the third-place teams have been determined.

The Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia have completed their group stages and qualify as three of the top four third places.

Hungary finished third in Group A with three points, but their goal difference of minus three could work against them.

Croatia have been eliminated after England failed to win their final group match.