Euro 2020: England rout helpless Ukraine 4-0 to sail into semi-finals

They will face Denmark at Wembley Stadium with the hope of making it through to the final where they will face either Spain or Italy.

England players celebrate a goal against Ukraine. (Image: Twitter/UEFA EURO 2020)

England soared into the semi-finals of Euro 2020 after thrashing Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday. A brace from Harry Kane and a goal each from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson saw the three lions march into the next stage of the competition. They will face Denmark at Wembley Stadium with the hope of making it through to the final where they will face either Spain or Italy. It was a complete performance from Gareth Southgate’s men in every sense of the term. They will be high on confidence and are arguably the favorites to win the crown after such a brilliant performance.

England took the lead early in the match when Raheem Sterling brilliantly ran through the Ukraine defence and laid the ball on a plate for Kane to slot home past the Ukraine goalkeeper in the 4th minute. The Tottenham Hotspur striker might have had a slow start to the Euros but has found his form at a very crucial time for the three lions. That was the only goal in the first half as Ukraine came back strong and created a few chances to worry Jordan Pickford in the England goal.

Much like in the first half, England scored early on in the second when the Manchester United pair of Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire combined brilliantly. The three lions had won a free kick on the left flank. Shaw whipped an accurate ball in that found Maguire. The Manchester United defender headed the ball home with confidence to double his team’s lead in the 46th minute.

Luke Shaw has carried his domestic form on to the international stage as he has been one of the most consistent players in the competition so far. He got the assist for England’s third goal as well. Shaw crossed the ball in from the left. Kane rose highest to meet with it and headed it comfortably into the back of the net. England were up 3-0 by the 50th minute. It was Kane’s third goal of the competition and he still has at least one more match to play.

Jordan Henderson scored his first-ever England goal in the 63rd minute. Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount swung in a wonderful corner into the near post and it was met by Henderson’s head who made no mistake in putting England up 4-0. The Liverpool midfielder relished his maiden national team goal as it came after 62 international caps, which really is an unbelievable statistic.

UKRAINE’S BRILLIANT TOURNAMENT

Despite the heavy defeat, it is important to note that Ukraine did an exceptionally good job to make it this far in the competition. The side had received some harsh criticism back home after a woeful group stage performance. They had finished third in their group and somehow managed to scrape through to the knockout stages. Coach Andriy Shevchenko has a lot to be proud of and it is certain that the players will be treated like heroes on their arrival back home.

For England, there are only two more matches they need to win to bring it home. The first of which will be against Denmark. The match might seem fairly comfortable on paper but the Denmark side has been on a terrific run of form recently. If they manage to get past them, the three lions must defeat either Italy or Spain at Wembley to claim their first ever European title.




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