Czech Republic Out and England Annihilate Ukraine

We were treated to two excellent games yesterday, with Spain beating Switzerland on penalties in the early game and Belgium losing to Italy in the later one.

Denmark, The Czech Republic, England and Ukraine headed in to their respective games knowing nothing but the best would suffice in order to join Italy and Spain in the Final 4.

Denmark v The Czech Republic

2-1

Denmark continued their impressive campaign marching in to the semi-finals after a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Baku.

The Danes, who have gone from strength to strength in the competition since their traumatic opener, led from the fifth minute, when Thomas Delaney dropped his marker to head in from a corner.

They remained a continual threat on the break, doubling their lead just before the break with Kasper Dolberg volleying in a superb cross from Joakim Maehle.

Patrik Schick put a slight hiccup in their celebrations when he coolly smashed home his fifth goal of the tournament, moving him level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot (awarded to the player with the most goals).

Denmark did what they do best, recomposed themselves, and dug in to ensure the victory in turn setting up a semi-final meeting with England at Wembley on Wednesday.

Up Next:

Denmark v EnglandWednesday, July 6th (3pm ET – ESPN)

Ukraine v England

0-4

England are just one win away from their first major tournament final since 1966 after thrashing Ukraine 4-0 in Rome to reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

It was the Harry show in the Italian capital with captain Harry Kane scoring twice, either side of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire‘s goal. Jordan Henderson came off the bench to add a fourth.

Jordan Pickford, who made a smart save from Roman Yaremchuk, had a relatively quiet game in net helping to extend his run of clean sheets at the tournament to five games.

The Three Lions opened the scoring just four minutes in when Kane lifted the ball beyond Georgi Bushchan after Raheem Sterling‘s lavish pass, before Maguire‘s aggressive header from United team-mate Luke Shaw‘s free kick doubled the lead.

On an unforgettable night in Rome Kane made it 3-0 with a close-range header after another Shaw assist, with Liverpool captain Henderson sealing the deal with the third header, and fourth goal, of the game following a Mason Mount corner.

It was England’s biggest win at the European Championship, bettering their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in the group stage at Euro ’96, and their most electrifying performance of their campaign this year, helping them reach their first Euro semi-finals for 25 years.

Despite Covid travel restrictions meaning fans from the U.K. were unable to travel to Italy and therefore being outnumbered by the Ukrainians, those expats who could make it were in full voice sending the sounds of It’s Coming Home rocking around Stadio Olimpico at the final whistle. The song was written for their ’96 campaign.

Gareth Southgate has now taken the Three Lions, who play Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday, to back-to-back major tournament semi-finals – he guided his country to the last four at the 2018 World Cup.

Up Next:

Denmark v England – Wednesday, July 6th (3pm – ESPN)

Euro 2020 Semi-Finals – both to be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England

Spain v Italy – Tuesday, July 5th (3pm ET – ESPN)

Denmark v England – Wednesday, July 6th (3pm ET- ESPN)

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