England powers past Ukraine to reach semifinals of Euros for first time in 25 years

This was the only 3rd time England had actually won a knockout match in the Euros, however objectives at the start of each half assisted relax any prospective uneasiness.

Harry Kane prodded house Raheem Sterling’s pass in the 4th minute to set England on their method.

Sterling has actually probably been England’s finest gamer throughout Euro 2020 and with Jadon Sancho beginning his very first video game of the competition, Ukraine had a hard time to deal with the speed and innovation of Gareth Southgate’s group.

England hasn’t yielded an objective in 5 video games throughout Euro 2020, with Ukraine’s finest possibility being up to Roman Yaremchuk, whose first-half shot was shoveled away by Jordan Pickford.

Early in the 2nd half, Harry Maguire powered Luke Shaw’s free-kick past Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan to make it 2-0.

Right after Kane headed in a 3rd England objective, with Shaw once again offering the help.

That two-goal blitz in the opening 5 minutes of the second-half put England in total control of the match.

Bushchan remarkably conserved Kane’s volley to reject the England captain a hat-trick, however from the resulting corner Jordan Henderson scored with another header. It was Henderson’s very first objective for England.

As the clock ticked down, England fans vocalized football is “coming home,” the chorus to “Three Lions,” the embraced anthem of the group’s fans.

3 years ago England got to the World Cup semifinals however were beaten 2-1 by Croatia — in spite of taking the lead — and in 2019 lost 3-1 to the Netherlands in UEFA’s Nations League competition. England last reached the last of a significant global competition in 1966.

“I suppose it’s still sinking in that it’s another semifinal — three in three years,” Southgate informed the BBC.

“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.

“The gamers have actually been wonderful,” added Southgate. “To play along with they carried out in a video game with a lot resting on it was excellent. The spirit in the group is extraordinary.”

England now play Denmark, who beat the Czech Republic earlier on Saturday, and Southgate’s team will have home advantage with Wednesday’s semifinal to be held at London’s Wembley Stadium.

England supporters celebrate Kane's first goal at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City in Manchester.
Jordan Henderson celebrates with Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and Harry Kane after scoring England's fourth goal.

Wembley hosts semis and last

Seemingly down and out after losing its first two games at Euro 2020, Denmark won a third successive match to reach the semifinals after getting the better of the Czechs in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

Thomas Delaney’s header and Kasper Dolberg’s volley in the first half put Denmark in control of Saturday’s quarterfinal.

The Czechs were a different side after the interval and Patrik Schick’s clever finish — his fifth goal of Euro 2020 — ensured Denmark had to work for its 2-1 victory.

Thomas Delaney scored Denmark's first goal with a header from a corner.
Kasper Dolberg finished off a flowing move to score the Danes' second goal.
After Christian Eriksen’s shocking collapse and his teammates’ emotional response, Denmark has provided the feelgood story of Euro 2020 by qualifying for the knockout stages.

It looked unlikely after defeats to Finland and Belgium in its first two group stage games, but the 4-1 hammering of Russia and Finland’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium secured its place in the last-16.

The Danes then secured a hugely impressive 4-0 win against Wales to announce its arrival in the latter stages of Euro 2020.

Patrik Schick scored his fifth goal at Euro 2020 to revive the Czechs' hopes.

Denmark’s players spoke of the emotional toll returning to finish the game of Eriksen’s collapse the same afternoon had on them, with several members of the squad criticizing European football governing body UEFA for not allowing them to play the match the following day.

Given this group’s remarkable mental fortitude, Denmark fans may have perhaps already allowed themselves to start dreaming of a repeat of Euro ’92, when the national team secured its only major international trophy to date.

Italy and Spain fulfill in the other semifinal on Tuesday, which will likewise be dipped into Wembley.

The Euro 2020 last will be used July 11 at Wembley too.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.