England met with Ukraine in the quarter-finals stage of the ongoing Euro 2020 on Saturday, July 3. Gareth Southgate and his boys beat Ukraine 4-0 to make it to the semi-finals.
Harry Kane gave England the early lead in the 4th minute of the game which Ukraine could not recover from. They were however able to hold England until the 45th minute before England made it 2-0 in the 46th minute, thanks to a strike from the team’s defender, Harry Maguire.
Ukraine still could not react effectively to England’s first two goals as the English team continued to press forward for more goals.
Harry Kane who struggled in the group stage of Euro 2020 found the net for the second time in the match. He scored England’s third goal in the match in the 50th minute.
England’s midfielder Jordan Henderson stepped up to complete the bashing of Ukraine when he scored England’s 4th goal in the 63rd minute. The 4-0 win sent Gareth Southgate and his boys to the semi-finals stage of the European Championship for the second time in the history of football.
🗣 “Actually I’m more thinking of the players I had to leave out of the 23 and the ones I didn’t get on the pitch”— England (@England) July 4, 2021
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Southgate said: “We didn’t want to take a backward step. We wanted to grasp this opportunity rather than just hope we might win or let fate have a chance to play its part. I thought the players were decisive and ruthless all night.
“It’s fabulous. I suppose it’s still sinking in that it’s another semi-final – three in three years.
“We want to go two steps further. I know what will be happening at home. It’s lovely to see everyone on a Saturday night, beer in hand. They should enjoy it. It’s been a long year for everyone. I’m chuffed the two performances have brought so much happiness to people.
“It’s fabulous for our country – a semi-final at Wembley. Everyone can really look forward to that – it’s brilliant.
“We’re not satisfied. Tonight is another very enjoyable night for everybody but even before the end of the game, I was thinking about the next challenge. We have never been to a European Championship final. It’s another opportunity to make history.”
While the captain of England, Harry Kane: “It’s going to be incredible. What a moment for us as a team and a nation.
“A lot of us playing now won’t have the opportunity to have a big game like that at Wembley in a major tournament again. It’s there for us. It’s an opportunity for us and we have to grab it with both hands.
“We have to enjoy being in that environment. Coming off the back of the Germany game, the spirits were high and the stadium was rocking so hopefully we can use that energy again and really take the game to Denmark.”
England will face Denmark in the semi-finals of the tournament at the Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, July 7 at 20:00.