This is my bracket for the knockouts:
Swiss vs Poland = Swiss 2-1
Croatia vs Portugal = Croatia 2-1
Wales vs Northern Ireland = Wales 2-0
Hungary vs Belgium = Belgium 1-0
Germany vs Slovakia = Germany 2-0
Italy vs Spain = Spain 1-0
France vs Ireland = France 2-0
Iceland vs England = Iceland 1-0
Swiss vs Croatia = Croatia 2-1
Wales vs Belgium = Wales 2-1
Germany vs Spain = Spain 2-1
France vs Iceland = France 1-0
Croatia vs Wales = Croatia 1-0
Spain vs France = Spain 1-0
Croatia vs Spain = Spain 3-1
You're down on England, Who?
Man, this tree looks crazy
all the favourites on one side, the other side full of underdogs. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that, despite their disappointing performances in the group stage, Portugal could win it all.
Messi wins the Copa, Cristiano the Euro, both Nike and Adidas happy.
That aside, here's what I gotLast 16
Swiss vs PolandCroatia
vs Northern Ireland
Hungary vs BelgiumGermany
Italy vs SpainFrance
Iceland vs England
The toughest matchup to predict is obviously Italy/Spain. Italy may not have the individual quality, but they play really well as a team, and they're always exceptional when it comes to the small, tactical details. The other tough match is Croatia/Portugal. As I said, Portugal looked rather ordinary, and Croatia has a pretty darn strong team, but one inspired performance from Cristiano could change everything.