England face Ukraine test in quest to make first EURO semi final in two decades

 

England will attempt to qualify for their first European Championship semi-final for 25 years when they face Ukraine at Euro 2020 tonight.

Having ended a 55-year wait for a knockout-tie victory over Germany at an ecstatic Wembley on Tuesday, Gareth Southgate’s side will face the Czech Republic or Denmark at the national stadium if they win in Rome.

After playing their first four games at Wembley, Saturday’s match in Italy’s capital – at 20:00 BST – is England’s first away from home at Euro 2020.

Covid travel restrictions mean fans in the UK have been told not to travel to the game, so there are likely to be more Ukraine fans in the Stadio Olimpico than England supporters.

Southgate, who guided England to the semi-final of the World Cup in 2018, said: “Our players were used to playing in front of no fans last season and having to create their own atmosphere.

“You need leadership on the pitch in these moments and we have got some very good leaders.”

Should England win, they would reach the semi-finals of the European Championship for the first time since Euro 96.

They are undefeated at Euro 2020 and have yet to concede a goal.

Italy beat Belgium to set up Spain clash

 

Italy beat Belgium 2-1 in the quarter final of their EURO 2020 in Munich to set up semi final clash with Spain.

 

Italy set up a Euro 2020 semi-final match with Spain after edging out Belgium 2-1 in an exhilarating tie in Munich.

The game may not have been a goal feast like some of the last-16 ties but it was an intense battle between two excellent teams playing fantastic football.

Italy have been arguably the best team at the tournament so far, while Belgium are the world’s top-ranked team.

The Azzurri’s two goals – which took the team up to 13 consecutive wins and 32 games without defeat – were of the highest quality.

Nicolo Barella wriggled through three defenders before drilling in the opener and Lorenzo Insigne ran from the halfway line before curling in one of the goals of the tournament.

Belgium were given hope late in the first half when Giovanni di Lorenzo fouled Jeremy Doku and Romelu Lukaku scored the penalty.

Both sides had chances to score again in a breathless second half but with no goals it was the Azzurri who progressed.

Roberto Mancini’s side face Spain at Wembley on Tuesday but they may have to do so without impressive left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who went off on a stretcher late on.

Euro 2020 Quarter finals

Saturday, 03 July 2021

Denmark Vs Czech Republic

England Vs Ukraine

 

  

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