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Slovakia exceed Euro 2016 expectations despite last 16 exit

ESPN FC's Ian Darke prepares to call Slovakia's match against Germany by testing others' ability to pronounce Slovakian names.

Slovakia's Euro 2016 is over after a defeat to Germany. Here's an assessment of their campaign in France and where the national team goes from here.

At a glance

We cannot say Slovakia disappointed their fans at Euro 2016. In fact, they played quite well in reaching the knockout phase. People have to be realistic, and nobody expected that such a small country would be able to beat superpowers on a regular basis. Germany, the opponent in the Round of 16, was simply too good.


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England embarrassed, holders Spain out, Euro 2016's round of 16 exits

The After Dark panel discuss England's failure to impress at yet another major tournament, and Iceland's historic run.
The After Dark panel discuss England's failure to impress at yet another major tournament, and Iceland's historic run.

With the round of 16 over, eight teams are going home. Here's a look back at each of their Euro 2016 campaigns.

Click on each country's name for an in depth view on what happened in France.

CROATIA: Croatia played the most exciting football of the group stage, ironically, only to get kicked out in perhaps the most tedious game in Euros history. -- Alex Holiga

ENGLAND: Until the Iceland game, the word to sum up England's Euro 2016 campaign was "frustrating": after it, "embarrassing" was...

Germany top Euro 2016 Power Rankings; Italy second, France third

Relive the most striking images from the day's Euro 2016 matches, with Griezmann, Boateng and Hazard lighting up the field.

With the Euro 2016 round-of-16 stage done and dusted, the bracket is down to eight teams. Miguel Delaney takes a look at how they rank among the 24-team field.

1. GERMANY (+2)Germany finally sparked to life with a full-blooded display and made the most of their brilliant talent as they thrashed Slovakia 3-0. If they keep that up, no one will be able to take them down.

2. ITALY (+2): Italy put in the performance of the tournament so far, as they tactically outclassed Spain...

Vladimir Weiss and Norbert Gyomber struggle as Slovakia lose to Germany

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman breaks down how Germany took advantage of set pieces in the team's match against Slovakia.

Slovakia didn't manage to upset the odds again, even if they were confident before the round-of-16 tie against Germany.

Coach Jan Kozak had to make changes due to injuries, including wonderkid Ondrej Duda and left-back Tomas Hubocan. He wanted his team to defend well, hence he named five defenders in his team, with young centre-back Milan Skriniar playing as a holding midfielder.

Slovakia sat deep and waiting for their chance on a quick counter-attack. However, they conceded an early goal to Jerome...