Italy Has Retaken Its Place As The World’s Master Of The Dark Arts

Italy is back. The masters of the dark arts who won the 2006 World Cup with defense, grit and hand waving missed the 2018 World Cup, sparking a rethink of the national team. Now Roberto Mancini has Italy two wins away from another major title, with the Azzurri combining a ruthlessly efficient attacking style with Italy’s timeless defense and shithousery. 

Ciro Immobile Makes Miraculous Recovery From ‘Injury’ After Nicolò Barella Goal

Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was busier than he had been in four prior matches in the first half of his team’s Euro 2020 quarterfinal, but it was a Nicolò Barella goal vs Belgium that gave Italy the lead in the first half. The Barella goal was so great it cured Ciro Immobile’s leg, the striker miraculously getting up unharmed after having been seemingly shot in the leg moments earlier.

Watch Yann Sommer’s Unreal Point-Blank Save To Keep Switzerland Alive Against Spain

Switzerland ran out of gas in a shootout defeat to Spain in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals on Friday. The Swiss had two tame penalties saved and a third blasted into the stands as Spain won the shootout 3-1 after a 1-1 draw in regulation. But take nothing away from the performance of goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who valiantly gave Switzerland a chance with nine saves. 

World Cup Winner Kroos Calls Time On International Career

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football after his team's exit from the European Championship, the 31-year-old said on Instagram.

Kroos' announcement came three days after Germany were beaten 2-0 by England in the last 16 of Euro 2020 at Wembley.

Denmark vs. Czech Republic Prediction & Preview: One Fairy Tale Run Comes To An End

This could be the most underrated quarterfinal game of Euro 2020. Denmark and the Czech Republic have surpassed all expectations and have nothing to lose. The Danes have outscored their opponents 8-0 in the past two games and are a runaway train that no one can stop. Meanwhile, the Czechs have become the dark horse of the tournament and have no intentions of bowing out anytime soon. Read on for our Denmark vs Czech Republic prediction, preview and guide.

England vs. Ukraine Prediction & Preview: Surely England Doesn’t Screw This Up, Right?

After defeating Germany in the Round of 16, England appears to have a clear shot to the Euro 2020 Final. Nothing is for certain just yet. The Three Lions will have to play their first game away from Wembley Stadium when they face Ukraine in the quarterfinals. Can Ukraine pull off the ultimate upset? Read on for our England vs Ukraine prediction, preview and guide.

Spain vs. Switzerland Prediction & Preview: Can Swiss Keep Cinderella Run Alive?

Spain and Switzerland advanced from two of the most exciting matches we’ve seen in years on Monday. Now both have to refocus on the quarterfinal with just three days of rest. The18’s Spain vs Switzerland prediction, preview and how-to-watch guide will have you ready to find out if the Swiss can pull off another memorable upset, or if Spain continues to grow into this tournament. 

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The18 Tried To Predict Euro Games Better Than A Computer-Generated Prediction Algorithm — Here’s How We Did

The18’s renowned data scientist introduced the team to an API (application programming interface) that gave predictions for games in the European Championship. We naturally took that as a challenge to see if we could predict the outcomes of games better than the algorithm. We’ll show the results from the Round of 16 before sharing our Euro 2020 quarterfinal predictions.

Five of our staff, including Grant the data scientist, took the challenge to outsmart the algorithm. After eight games in the Round of 16, this is what the leaderboard looks like.