The final Round of 16 matches of Euro 2020 came off Tuesday with England going head to head against old rivals Germany at the Wembley Stadium and Ukraine looking forward to pull off a surprise win against Sweden in a bid to book a quarter final spot.
With a lot of history between the two rivals, England were seeking a redemption to end a 55-year wait for a knockout tie victory over Germany.
In the Euro 1996 semi-final between these two sides, Gareth Southgate missed the deciding penalty which led to England’s exit. 25 years later, he is the head coach of a young England side that were eager to a revenge against a buoyant Die Mannschaft.
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane late goals capped an impressive English display to earn Gareth Southgate’s men a last-8 berth.
Sweden and Ukraine set up the other final Round of 16 tie at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening.
Artem Dovbyk’s pulled a last-gasp header, his first international goal, to lead Ukraine into a first EURO quarter-final.
Ahead of the quarter finals, we begin today’s episode reliving the glorious and inglorious moments from Day 19.
England 2 – 0 Germany
Sweden 1 – 2 Ukraine (AET)
Sterling, Kane strike late as England overcome Germany at Wembley
For many English supporters, the Round of 16 Euros tie against Germany brought up painful memories, from the 1970 World Cup to the ghost goal in 2010 as well as the Italia 90 and Euro 96 semi-final shootout heartbreaks.
England looked forward to taste redemption against the Germans as the two sides renewed hostilities with quarter final spot on the line.
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were incredible on the night as they fired Gareth Southgate’s men into the quarter-finals in front of mammoth 41,973 English supporters mixed in with die-hard fans of Germany inside the Wembley national stadium in London.
Raheem Sterling put England ahead in the 75th minute and Wembley erupted in delight as Prince Harry was seen punching the air.
Thomas Muller had a big miss in the 81st minute as he could not open an account for Germany in this Euro.
Harry Kane added a second moments after Muller miss to hand the English a historic revenge at Wembley.
Germany were hoping to capitalize on their envious Wembley record- unbeaten in their last seven games against England at Wembley(W5 ,D2) but The Three Lions proved steely and anxious in the build-up to the eagerly anticipated match – Germany slain by England with all from the Group of Death eliminated.
England have beaten Germany for the first time in a knockout round of a major tournament since 1966 whiles Germany lose in the round of 16 at a major tournament for the first time.
A fourth successful win for England and the reward for just their second ever Euros knockout triumph is a quarter-final clash against Ukraine in Rome this Saturday.
Super Sub Dovbyk late header seals Ukraine first-ever Euro quarter-finals
A dramatic 1-1 draw after 90minutes saw the last Round of 16 tie between Sweden and Ukraine extend into extra time at Hampden Park, Glasgow.
Substitute Artem Dovbyk struck a 121st minute header against 10-man Sweden to seal quarter-finals spot of Euro 2020.
Both sides started brightly in Glasgow but Ukraine went up in the 27th minute with a blast from Zinchenko. It all started with Shaparenko finding Yarmalenko with a superb cross from the left. Yarmalenko heads it into the box and Zinchenko fires a volley into the net.
Sweden regained their rythm and fought right back into the game after captain Emil Forsberg got the equalizer few minutes before half time. They headed into the break with a 1-1 score line.
Both sides begun the second half with a lot of purpose but with nothing separating the two at the end of 90 minutes, the game was into extra time with a spot in the quarter-final against England in Rome awaiting the winner.
A nasty challenge by Danielson attracted an initial yellow card but a VAR check made the referee rescind his original decision to flush out a red to send Danielson off for a seriously dangerous tackle on Besedin.
With just a minute left, super sub Artem Dobvyk headed home a winner for Ukraine, his first international goal to set up a huge tie against England in Rome on Saturday.
QUARTER FINALS Fixtures (FRIDAY July 2, 2021)
Friday, July 2
Switzerland vs Spain in St Petersburg 4PM
Belgium vs Italy in Munich 7PM
Saturday, July 3
Czech Republic vs Austria in Baku 4PM
Ukraine vs England in Rome 7PM
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Mark F. | SilverFM