Understanding the third-placed table for Euro 2024

Euro 2024 logo next to the pitch in Dortmund
Euro 2024 is into the final round of group fixtures to determine who progresses to the last 16 [Getty Images]

We are at the business end of the Euro 2024 group stage with plenty still to play for - including who will secure the four positions as the best third-placed teams.

Currently Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia are the sides in those qualifying positions, but that is likely to change in the coming days.

Once teams are locked in those slots, how is it determined who faces who in the last 16? BBC Sport takes a look.

How are the best third-placed teams decided?

According to Uefa, the four best third-placed teams are determined, in the order given, by the following criteria:

A. Higher number of points

B. Superior goal difference

C. Higher number of goals scored

D. Higher number of wins

E. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received by players and team officials in all group matches (red card = three points, yellow card = one point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = three points)

F. Position in the overall European qualifiers rankings

How are the last-16 match-ups decided?

As things stand going into Tuesday's games, this is how the table looks for the best third-placed teams. The top four go through, while the sides in fifth and sixth are eliminated.

How it stands third-placed table

There will be twists and turns to come, but if the table remained as it now stands after the final round of group games, then it would be teams from Groups D, E, A and C who would progress as the best third-placed teams.

That is one of 15 combinations of sides that could, in theory, go through by this method, and Uefa has devised a table for who would face who in the last 16 for all those potential outcomes, shown below.

Who could face who. .  .
Who could face who. . .

In the above, WB, WC, WE and WF stands for the winners of Groups B, C, E and F, who are the teams that will play the qualifying third-placed sides.

Who plays who is pre-determined, so the final rankings of the table of the best third-placed teams is irrelevant.

As mentioned earlier, those currently going through, in alphabetical order, are third-placed sides from Groups A, C, D and E.

That would lead to these last-16 ties:

WB v 3E

WC v 3D

WE v 3C

WF v 3A