Spain, Italy and Denmark qualified. The last ticket for the Euro semi-finals was up for grabs at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Ukraine, third in Pool C and managed to get rid of Sweden in extra time in the next round, faced England, in search of a first European trophy, present at this stage of the competition thanks to a success against Germany. At kick-off, Andrei Shevchenko lined up a 3-4-3 in which Stepanenko gave way to Mykolenko at the left piston position. Gareth Southgate side, change from 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 and exits of Kieran Trippier and Bukayo Saka for the benefit of Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho.
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In the Italian capital, any supporter stuck at the refreshment bar was punished. From the 4th minute, Harry Kane, unhappy at the start of the competition, stung. Ideally served by Raheem Sterling, the Tottenham striker slipped into the area on the edge of offside and threw himself in front of the Ukrainian goalkeeper to open hostilities (0-1, 4th). England’s fastest Euro goal since Michael Owen’s against Portugal in … the 2004 quarter-final. Later Roman Yaremchuk tried to react but his shot was deflected for a corner by Jordan Pickford (17th). Killer at the start of the period, England doubled the stake when they returned from the locker room.
A rise that can give chills in Denmark
On a free kick to the left, Luke Shaw wrapped a cross towards the Ukrainian goal. Covered by Oleksandr Zinchenko, Harry Maguire got the best of Mykola Matviyenko and scored with a helmet (0-2, 46th). Harry’s night continued three minutes later, when Kane, awakened against Germany, offered himself a third goal in the competition, on a new serve from Luke Shaw. The head of Spur left no chance for the Ukrainian goalkeeper (0-3, 50th). Dejected, Ukraine opened the floodgates. For the third time in the evening, Zbirna conceded a header. Work by Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool midfielder and captain celebrated his 62nd selection with the Three Lions with a very first goal! Seven minutes after his entry, on a love corner hit from the right by Mason Mount, he emerged in the back of Andriy Yarmolenko and placed a header into the net (0-4, 63rd). Mass was said. As in 1968 and 1996, England were heading towards the semi-finals of the European Championship. Still without any goals conceded in five matches, England will face Denmark, titled in 1992, in their Wembley garden next Wednesday (9 p.m.). With a status of favorite that will probably not please him.
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