EURO 2016 quarterfinals: Germany vs. Italy headlines the action

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And then there were eight.

The quarterfinal field for EURO 2016 is now officially set with eight nations remaining in the fight to be crowned the best team in Europe.

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Pre-tournament favorites France and Germany are still in the thick of things, but there are a few surprises still alive in the likes of Iceland and Wales.

The biggest quarterfinal matchup is between Germany and Italy. Germany is coming off of a convincing 3-0 win over Slovakia in one of the best performances of the tournament, however, they have never beaten Italy in a major tournament in eight attempts.

Conte’s men knocked out two-time defending European champions Spain in the Round of 16 with a classic Italian performance, winning the tactical battle with a defense-first mentality. Originally thought of as a weaker Italian side, this team has found it’s form at the perfect time.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to lead Portugal past Poland into the semifinals, while his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale must figure out how to stop a Belgium side that smashed four past Hungary in the Round of 16.

The final match of the quarterfinals will take place in Saint-Denis between host nation France and Iceland. France have not played their best football yet and must find their form against an Iceland side that has nothing to lose after a shocking win over England to reach this stage.