Euro 2020 is heading to England and the Wembley Stadium for the semi-finals and the final. From now on, all games will be played in London. Does that mean it’s coming home? Well, to some it does. To the Brits who haven’t celebrated a major trophy since the 1966 World Cup, it seems like the time has come. If it doesn’t, no need to worry, it’ll be coming home next tournament.
In all seriousness, the Three Lions have still to concede a goal in the Euros, its star players are showing up and most importantly, they’re playing at home. Today, they showed us another side of theirs. They can also dominate and crash their opponents. That’s what they did against Ukraine for the last of the quarter final games. As such, they are more than allowed to be called favorites to lift the trophy.
It took less than four minutes for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling to cut through the left and pat the ball to the box where Harry Kane with his signature slide kick opened the scoreline.
Ukraine balanced the game and saw an opportunity with from the left end in a corner after a black by England’s no1 Jordan Pickford.
England also had the ball to its feet more, but besides a dynamite shot by Declan Rice that was saved instinctively by George Buschan, it failed to double their lead.
Until the 2nd minute of the second half, when Luke Shaw of Manchester United planted the ball to his club and nation teammate Harry Maguire’s head who easily beat his opponent defenders to add a second goal in the bag for England.
It took England another three minutes (50′) to triple their lead with two protagonists from the first two goals. It was again Luke Shaw who curved a cross from the left, found Harry Kane who in turn headed the ball in the net for his second goal in the game and third in the tournament (one against Germany in the round of 16).
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool FC found the net in the 63rd minute with another header after a corner kick taken from Champions League winner with Chelsea, Mason Mount.
In the remaining minutes neither team tried to excel resulting in Andriy Shevchenko’s side to begin their summer vacations.
…had a descent run, but in all fairness, they didn’t deserve a spot in the final four. England on the other side, seem most likely to reach the final, similarly to Italy on the other side of the bracket.
Euro 2020 Semifinals
On Wednesday July 7th at 3pm ET, England will face fan-favorites Denmark, who ended Czech Republic’s dreams earlier in the day (2-1, Thomas Delaney 5′, Kasper Dolberg 42′ – Patrick Schick 49′). The Danish find themselves in the semis for the first time since 1992 when they shocked Europe and won the tournament. Italy on the other hand, will play against Spain at the same time but a day earlier.