Ukraine, who won for the second time in two matches against hosts Romania on Saturday, will almost certainly advance to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, while Portugal, one of the favourites, is on the brink of elimination.
In Group B, in Bucharest, the Ukrainians, without their star Mykhailo Modric to rest, managed to overtake Romania (1-0), thanks to a goal against his Romanian team at the end of the match.
If we had to wait for the outcome of the Spain-Croatia match played later in the evening, Ukraine, with their victory, was almost guaranteed to see the quarter-finals, while Romania, twice defeated in two matches, was almost eliminated.
Things are less straightforward in Group A, where Georgia, the other organizing nation, never ceases to surprise during the Euros.
On Saturday, it came back from Deville Vouvert, leading 2-0 after 40 minutes by an attractive Belgian side, finally snatching the equalizer (2-2), with the thrust of nearly 50,000 spectators at Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi.
In the other meeting, Portugal, which reached the finals of the previous edition in 2021, is on the brink of the abyss, which could not provide better than a draw (1-1) against the Netherlands.
The Portuguese must defeat Belgium on the third day on Tuesday, while counting on a positive result from Georgia (win or draw) against the Netherlands.