Euro 2020 – Tuesday Recap

by SoccerCatch
Italy vs Spain - Post-Match Remarks
Italy vs Spain - Post-Match Remarks

The Euro 2020 Round of 16 is officially done as England and Ukraine made the cut for the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

While England overcame fierce rivals Germany on home soil, the other last-16 encounter between Sweden and Ukraine went down to the wire.

Let’s see what happened at Euro 2020 today.

England 2-0 Germany

Wembley Stadium hosted a clash of European juggernauts on Tuesday afternoon, as England prevailed in a keenly-contested battle against bitter rivals Germany.

Seeking revenge for a 2010 South Africa heartbreak, England looked determined to settle the score with Germany in their 13th meeting at the national stadium.

Though they had a seven-match winless H2H run at Wembley to defy, Gareth Southgate’s men barely put their foot wrong throughout the entire 90 minutes to seal a well-deserved place in the quarter-finals.

The Three Lions fans had to wait until the 75th minute to see their heroes open the scoring through in-form Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

The 26-year-old tapped the ball behind Manuel Neuer on Luke Shaw’s perfect low cross following an impressive build-up play to upset Joachim Low.

Things might have been different, but Bayern Munich stalwart Thomas Muller missed a sitter to put things back to square one only a couple of minutes since Sterling’s deadlock-breaker.

Southgate’s decision to withdraw Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka for Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish completely turned the tide in England’s favor.

After playing a pivotal role in his side’s opening goal, the Manchester City transfer target set up Tottenham’s Harry Kane for a killing blow in the 86th minute.

England will play Ukraine in the quarter-finals at the Stadio Olimpico on July 3, while the Germans go home empty-handed.

Sweden 1-2 (a.e.t) Ukraine

Little did anyone expect to see Sweden and Ukraine locking horns in the Euro 2020 Round of 16, but the two sides put on a show at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

Man City star Oleksandr Zinchenko gave the Ukrainians an early lead in their first-ever appearance in the European Championship knock-outs as a sovereign state.

West Ham ace Andriy Yarmolenko, who is enjoying an eye-catching Euro 2020 campaign, provided an assist to his City counterpart, marking his fifth goal contribution at the tournament.

However, Ukraine’s celebrations were short-lived as Sweden bounce back before the interval through RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg, who leveled the score on the stroke of half-time.

The same player came close to completing a turnaround all by himself. However, both of his second-half attempts were denied by the woodwork.

Andriy Shevchenko’s men also had a chance to close things out in regulation time, but Sergiy Sydorchuk’s curling effort from the edge of the box rattled off the post.

The game took to extra time where the Swedes shot themselves in the foot as Dalian Pro defender Marcus Danielson received a straight red, leaving his team high and dry.

Ukraine regained control of the game but struggled to create a single clear-cut chance up until the very end.

When it looked like the victor will be decided on penalties, Zinchenko whipped the ball into the box, with extra-time substitute Artem Dovbyk heading home the 121st winner.

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