An impressive one-sided affair saw the three Lions cruise to the Semi-finals, where they will meet Denmark on home soil at Wembley. If you fancy England to win the Euros, they are currently 6/4 favourites with 888 sport.
There is now a real sense in the air that “ … it’s coming home”, considering the final will be played at Wembley which could possibly be the icing on the cake for England.
The game was played in Rome at 20:00 BST and Felix Brych was the referee. England start the game as they mean to go on and dominate possession early. Four minutes In, and Raheem Sterling feeds a ball through to Harry Kane and the helpless Ukranian goalkeeper cannot stop Kanes strike. This goal is the quickest Euro knockout phase goal for England since way back in 2004!
Ukraine realised that they had no opportunity other than to try to create some offence, which was easier said than done for them. However, at 17’ Roman Yaremchuk of Ukraine managed to weave through the Lions defence and take a shot at goal, which was denied by Pickfdord. This attempt was probably their only real display of offence and it was pretty much one-way traffic from England for the entire game.
Despite only being one clear there was a supreme sense of confidence oozing from England tonight. Although England were controlling the game with reasonable comfort, a second goal was needed as soon as possible. At 46’ Harry Maguire manages to score from a cross sent in by Luke Shaw and England are provided with the breathing space they need to relax. This two nil cushion helped England flow with a noticeable added confidence and five minutes later Harry Kane managed to score his second in the match and third for the tournament so far. The cross was masterfully delivered by Shaw and Kane headed it in displaying his true capabilities for a change.
Kane is now 7/2 with 888 sport to be top goalscorer in the Euro 2020 Betting Odds; with two games left remaining this could be possible if he continues with the magic form he showed tonight.
It looked like this game could turn into a goal-fest for England, they had forty minutes left of remaining play and were three goals up. England seem to have left the best until last in this tournament, and although they were only playing Ukraine this is a much needed confidence boost for the forthcoming games.
At 62’ Kane makes a shot at goal towards the right-hand side of the post but the Ukrainian keeper makes a great leap to deny his effort. The save creates a corner, which is taken by Mason Mount, the corner meets Jordan Henderson who heads the ball into the net and England blitz to a four goal lead.
From here on in it is utter dominance and the look on Ukranian manager Andrei Shevechenkos face told the story clearly. England seemed more bothered about keeping a clean sheet towards the final minutes of the game, passing to each other in a very passive manner.
The referee blows the whistle after seconds of added time and England are clearly happy with their efforts. The Ukranaian side showed solidarity after the game, cheering and celebrating in front of their fans, and despite getting thrashed were seemingly celebrating their achievements they made in the tournament, where they did over achieve their initial expectations.
England will now progress to the Semis where they will meet Denmark at home turf Wembley on 7 July. England are the hot 7/10 favourites to beat Denmark in 90 minutes with 888 sport.
If England beat the Danes England will face either Spain or Italy at Wembley on 11 July. Our Euro 2020 News and Updates will be following this tournament right up until the final, played on 11 July.
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