The UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-finals concluded on last night with a glamourous and eye catching match-ups; a rampaging England team cruised into their first Euros semifinal in 25 years at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with a thumping 4-0 win over Ukraine.
Harry Kane scored twice, one for Harry Maguire and a first international goal for Jordan Henderson denied Ukraine’s attempt to become the first side to breach an English force, dashing their hopes of reaching the semifinals.
In Baku Olympic Stadium, Denmark continued their inspired run with victory over Czech Republic into their first semi-final since 1992.
Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg scored a goal each in the first half to give the Danes a 2-1 win over Czech Republic and a spot in the European Championship semifinals.
Patrik Schick’s reduced the deficit for the Czechs early after restart but that was not enough to level against Denmark who have had an emotional roller-coaster in this summer’s Euros.
We relive the glorious and inglorious moments of Saturday’s quarterfinal clashes.
Czech Republic 1 – 2 Denmark
Ukraine 0 – 4 England
Denmark secure trip to Wembley after 2 – 1 win over Czechs
With midfielder Christian Eriksen suffering cardiac arrest on the field in the team’s opening game, Denmark has grown stronger after the emotional incident, as the tournament progressed.
The Danes ousted Czech Republic by a 2-1 triumph in the quarter-finals at Baku to book a place in the final 4.
Thomas Delaney put Denmark 1-0 up in just 5 minutes of the match through a superb header after Stryger came up with a powerful cross from the right corner. Poor defending from the Czechs.
The Czechs struggled to keep possession as the Danes piled them up with immense pressure.
Denmark added a second as the half-time whistle loomed, Dolberg’s foot found a spectacular cross from Joakim Maehle in the 42nd minute.
The Czechs, brimming with confidence, seemed to have regained their rythm as Patrik Schick guided in from Vladimír Coufal’s neat cross just 4 minutes after the restart.
Schick’s 5th goal of the tournament did little to console the Czechs as a resilient Danish side held their nerve in the dying minutes and cemented their place in the semifinals.
Denmark won the night to enter their first semifinal since winning the European title in 1992. They travel to Wembley in attempt to breach the English force on their home soil.
Kane at the double as England thunder past Ukraine into semis
Harry Kane scored a brace as England overwhelmed Ukraine 4-0 Saturday night to reach the European Championship semifinals in 25 years.
Harry Maguire was on target and a first international goal for Jordan Henderson contributed to English march back home, with something to play for in the final 4.
England had a lead as early as the 4th minute after Raheem Sterling assist found Kane who connects it calmly and slots it past the Ukraine stopper.
The match headed into the break with England having a one-goal advantage.
England started the second half superbly. Harry Maguire heads the second one in the 46th minute after Luke Shaw delivered a superb cross from a free-kick to the left of the box.
Harry Kane added a third goal for England in a span of 4 minutes after Luke Shaw provided another sweet ball in from the left inviting the No.9 to head it down past Bushchan.
Ukraine could not respond to impressive Gareth Southgate’s side as substitute Jordan Henderson connected with a Mason Mount corner to make it 4-0: his first England goal in 62 appearances.
England’s Jadon Sancho was handed his first start of Euro 2020 for the quarter-final clash with Ukraine.
Wembley will be the venue of attention, England is handed another home advantage in London as they face Denmark on Wednesday.
EURO 2020 semi-finals confirmed
Italy vs Spain Tuesday July 6 , Wembley Stadium , London 7PM
England vs Denmark Wednesday July 7, Wembley Stadium , London 7PM
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Mark F. | SilverFM