Simulated Reality Euro 2020 results: England fall at the semi-finals, Czech Republic win outright
GET ready for football’s biggest ever shock at Euro 2020 – that’s the verdict of Sportradar, a leading global provider of sports intelligence and sports entertainment solutions.
They have already “played out” the whole of the tournament using their innovative Simulated Reality solution processing millions of data points from the past 20 years and fed into an AI algorithm to forecast the results – even before the tournament begins on June 11.
And they have come up with a startling final involving massive underdogs Czech Republic, who triumphed after beating another of the outsiders, Denmark, in a thriller which ends up 3-2 to the Czechs.
England, one of the pre-competition favourites, made it as far as the semi-finals, but once again their luck deserted them as they fell to the eventual runners-up.
But even in a competition noted for its unpredictability, the Czech Republic’s forecast success would be right up there with Greece’s sensational victory against all the odds in 2004.
And remember, the Euros is the place for seismic shocks with England suffering humiliating defeats by minnows Republic of Ireland in 1988, Sweden in 1992 and Iceland in 2016.
Also, the Czech Republic and Denmark, this year’s finalists according to Sportradar, have “form” when it comes to Euro shocks themselves.
Denmark didn’t even qualify in 1992 and were drafted in only two weeks before the competition began when Yugoslavia were forced to withdraw. They ended up going all the way, beating the mighty Germany 2-0 in the final to complete an improbable journey!
And how about the Czech Republic in 1996? They were beaten in their opening game by Germany, but turned things round to beat Italy 2-1 in their next game and ended up getting to the final although there was no fairy tale ending this time as Germany beat them for a second time to take the Euro crown for the third time.
England, who go into Euro 2020 as one of the fancied teams under Gareth Southgate, are predicted to continue in their role of “nearly men” as they reach the semi-finals before losing 3-2 to Denmark.
So, England are projected to remain the perennial “bridesmaids”, not having won a major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup, which was held in England.
In the Group stages, England qualified for the knockout stages after two wins and a loss. They beat Croatia 5-2 in their first game, but had to battle hard to beat the ‘Auld Enemy’ Scotland 1-0 before going on to down eventual winners, the Czech Republic, 2-1.
In the Round of 16, England progressed by beating France 3-1, going on to beat Poland 3-2 in the quarter-finals before they succumbed to Denmark in the semis.
Despite their loss against England in the Group stage, the Czech Republic also beat Spain and Germany in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final against Portugal, which the Czechs won 1-0.
Werner Becher, Regional CEO – EMEA / LATAM, Sportradar said: “After such a long delay there’s a real sense of excitement about this tournament amongst fans. We’ve tapped into the breadth of our technical capabilities to simulate the tournament, processing millions of data points from the last 20 years in order to identify the winning team.
“Football is unpredictable, its one of the things we love most about the game, but few fans would have put Czech Republic and Denmark in the final.
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