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Ukraine lock horns with England at the Stadio Olimpico in the last quarter final match of the Euro 2020.
The Three Lions qualified for the quarter finals at the expense of Germany. The 2-0 win was nothing less than deserved as Southgate’s men controlled the game after the nervous first 10 minutes.
It was the finishing that made the difference in the end, though they were far from few, England took theirs while Muller, Havertz and Werner agonizingly missed theirs.
Raheem Sterling who scored the opener took his tally to 3 goals from 4 games, while Harry Kane finally got one in, probably the first of many to come in the tournament.
At this point, England remain as the only team to concede a goal, though Italy and Belgium conceded just 1 in the competition. However, Gareth Southgate tops any team in the lowest number of chances conceded.
Ukraine didn’t have it the easy way, they were huge underdogs against Sweden, yet combination of luck and hard work prevailed to clinch a winner at the end of 120 minutes of football.
Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko was the man of the match as he scored his team’s first goal before setting up Artem Dovbyk for the winner deep in the added extra time of the extra time.
Emil Forsberg scored Sweden’s goal; the Leipzig midfielder could have been the difference if not for his two shots in second half rattled the woodwork.
Marcus Danielson’s red card in the first half of the extra time was the turning point in the match which gave Ukraine some confidence to go forward and snatch the eventual winner.
This is Ukraine’s first ever appearance at the last eight of a tournament and they have a chance to make history with their opponent being England.
Ukraine vs England: Head-to-head
- There has been a total of 7 head-to-head meetings between the teams and England won 4 and lost 1 with the most recent two ending in stalemates.
- They last played in the World Cup qualifying group stage in 2012-13. As mentioned earlier, both games are drawn, 0-0 at Ukraine and 1-1 in English soil.
- Their lone meeting in a major tournament was at the Euro 2012, a crucial game for England settled by a solitary goal by Wayne Rooney.
Ukraine vs England: Team News:
Artem Besedin picked up a nasty knock which led to Marcus Danielson’s red card and he is certain to play no part in Saturday’s game. Denys Popov and Oleksandr Zubkov are other players missing through injuries.
Andriy Yarmolenko limped off against Sweden though he will be fit enough to start against England. If not, match-winner Artem Dovbyk could partner Yaremchuk. Malinovskiy may have to settle for a role from the bench after failing to make any impact in the matches so far.
There are some fitness issues for Gareth Southgate after Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice picking knocks in the win against Germany.
However, replacements are available, and it remained to be seen if he sticks with the back three or revert back to a 4 at the defense.
Mason Mount is available for selection after completing isolation and he could slot straight back at the expense of Saka.
Match: Ukraine vs England
Date: Saturday, 3 July 2021
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Competition: Euro 2020-21
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET/ 00:00 PST
The round of 16 is an indication of how things are spanning in this summer tournament and there are no easy games.
However, this is England’s game to win and none the less this is a favorable fixture against a team way below their standards. But this will be the first game they play outside Wembley, though there will be no lack of support from the stands.
With Harry Kane finally finding the back of the net and a reliable goal-getter in Raheem Sterling, we can bank on a convincing win for the Three Lions at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
At the same time, punters can take a chance on Ukraine’s brilliant attacking duo of Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk to finally break an unless otherwise untested English defense.
Probable Playing XI:
Bushchan – Matvienko, Kryvtsov, Zabarnyi – Karavaev, Shaparenko, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko – Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.
Pickford – Maguire, Stones, Walker – James, Phillips, Henderson, Shaw – Mount, Sterling, Kane.
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