England goes again dwelling, with one thing to play for.
Harry Kane scored twice and England overwhelmed Ukraine 4-0 Saturday to achieve the European Championship semifinals.
It was the one match of Euro 2020 that England needed to play away from Wembley Stadium and it was the crew’s most dominant efficiency of the event.
Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson additionally scored as England stored a clear sheet for the fifth straight match.
England now goes again to London to face Denmark on Wednesday. The Danes beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.
Italy will face Spain within the different semifinal match on Tuesday, with the ultimate subsequent weekend additionally to be performed at Wembley.
The final time England made it to the final 4 of the European Championship was in 1996. But the larger aim at this level is to duplicate the success of the 1966 England crew that gained the World Cup on dwelling soil.
Kane scored on England’s first alternative within the fourth minute, utilizing one contact to redirect a by way of ball from Raheem Sterling for his second aim in as many matches. The ball went in off the shoulder of goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan contained in the close to publish.
England additionally scored early within the second half after Kane was fouled about 10 seconds. A free kick from Luke Shaw arrange a header from Maguire. Four minutes later, Kane bought his second by heading in one other cross from Shaw on a play that included a backheel move from Sterling as England dazzled.
After failing to attain within the group stage, Kane now has three targets in two matches after additionally scoring within the 2-0 win over Germany within the final 16.
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Kane gained the Golden Boot with six targets the 2018 World Cup, when England additionally reached the semifinals. He exited to a standing ovation on the Stadio Olimpico when he got here off halfway by way of the second half.
Henderson’s aim — his first for England after a decade with the nationwide crew — additionally got here with a header as Ukraine’s defenders had no solutions to England’s aerial prowess.
Ukraine, which was coming off a 2-1 extra-time win over Sweden, had relied on occasional counterattacks within the first half and produced a collection of probabilities simply earlier than the break. Otherwise, England was in management.
The Italian authorities had explicitly warned Britain-based England followers to steer clear of the match except they may show that they had noticed 5 days of quarantine since arriving.
Still, there have been clearly extra England supporters than Ukraine followers contained in the partially crammed stadium. But a pocket of yellow-clad Ukraine followers made loads of noise by banging on drums and chanting.
Because of the pandemic, the Olimpico may solely be 25% full with about 16,000 followers.
Ukraine residents additionally confronted restrictions for journey to Italy.
Denmark maintain off Czech Republic
Denmark’s journey on the European Championship is headed to London.
The Danes, who’ve developed right into a shock contender after their event started with midfielder Christian Eriksen struggling cardiac arrest on the sphere, superior to the Euro 2020 semifinals on Saturday by beating the Czech Republic 2-1.
Following the standard tributes to the recovering Eriksen from UEFA and followers — a large No. 10 shirt laid out on the sphere and a “For Christ10an” banner within the stands — Denmark shortly took management in opposition to the Czechs on a scorching and humid night time in Azerbaijan.
Jens Stryger despatched an outswinging nook within the fifth minute to Thomas Delaney, standing in house by the penalty spot. Delaney’s bouncing header went in previous the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
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Denmark doubled the lead simply earlier than halftime. Joakim Maehle hit a cross from the left utilizing the surface of his proper foot. The ball eluded Martin Braithwaite’s try at a header however Kasper Dolberg bought previous his marker and beat Vaclik within the forty second.
‘We make historical past’
The place within the semifinals is the farthest Denmark has progressed at a serious event since successful the European title in 1992. The crew will face both England or Ukraine on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
“We make history that we achieved the semifinal now,” Stryger mentioned. “It’s been many many years ago since Denmark was there. … We know Denmark is going crazy right now.”
Czech Republic ahead Patrik Schick scored his fifth aim in the beginning of the second half, placing him even with Cristiano Ronaldo because the event’s main scorers. Schick was given loads of house by defender Jannik Vestergaard to hit a first-touch shot off Vladimir Coufal’s curled move.
The Czechs pushed exhausting to stage the rating in a bodily sport which completed with Tomas Soucek and Jan Boril each with their heads wrapped in bandages after collisions with Danish gamers.
Eriksen, who had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator in that opening match, has been recovering at dwelling.
The final of 4 Euro 2020 video games performed on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Baku came about in entrance of 16,300 followers, despite the fact that as much as 31,000 would have been allowed below coronavirus pandemic rules. Danish followers far outnumbered the few dozen from the Czech Republic.
The Danish gamers gathered in entrance of their travelling followers after the ultimate whistle to have fun. Delaney wore a Danish flag as a cape and positioned a purple and white wig on the pinnacle of grinning substitute Andreas Cornelius.
The Czech gamers sprawled on the grass.
“It’s a huge disappointment. We did the maximum to succeed but we were running out of steam toward the end and were unable to turn things around. It’s over for us, unfortunately,” Schick instructed Czech public TV. “As far as the goals, it was all good for me. But we all feel that we could have done better today. The Danes could have been beaten.”
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