Euro 2020 Quarter-final Highlights Ukraine vs England: England advance to the semi-finals after a 4-0 win over Ukraine at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Harry Kane got a brace while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson scored a goal each to help England cruise through. England will face Denmark, who earlier beat Czech Republic 2-1, in the semi-finals at the Wembley.
Story of the Match: Jordan Henderson scores England’s fourth. Harry Kane scores his second and England’s third. Harry Maguire doubles England’s lead. Harry Kane’s early goal is the difference between the two teams after 45 minutes of play. Kane puts England in the lead. Jadon Sancho is finally getting a start for England.
After beating old rivals Germany in a knockout match for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final, England coach Gareth Southgate said that win will count for little if they lose to Ukraine.
The draw has opened up nicely for England, who will be favoured to beat a side coached by former Ballon d’Or winner Andriy Shevchenko, and Southgate urged his team to seize their chance.
“Right from the final whistle the other day, the players were already talking about the next game and preparing for it,” said Southgate, with England set to play their first match of the competition away from Wembley.
“They recognised that although they loved the experience of the last game, you move on quickly in tournaments and we have not got to the point we want to be at yet.
“It’s not been too difficult to refocus people. The opportunity is there, the confidence is there. They are looking forward to the challenge.”
A more subdued atmosphere awaits at the Stadio Olimpico, where the number of England fans among the permitted capacity of 16,000 is expected to be limited.
England supporters have been warned not to travel to the Italian capital for the game as Covid-19 restrictions mean even those with tickets cannot use them.
Italian health regulations require fans travelling from Britain to observe five days of quarantine and therefore they would miss the match.
Ukraine are attempting to make the last four of a major tournament for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union, having matched their run to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
“We will do our best, try to surprise them. But we know that to get past them we will have to play the best game of our lives,” said Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who will come up against several of his Manchester City team-mates.