England -vs- Ukraine
This might be the biggest chance for England to crown their first ever European Championship. But first of all, they might need to get through all the challenges.
England is going for battle away from their Wembley headquarters, as they meet Ukraine in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 in Rome. They sunk their old nemesis Germany 2-0 to book their ticket to Rome. While, Ukraine surprisingly defeated Sweden in round-16 with an extra-time goal.
This is the first quarter-final appearance at the European Championships for Ukraine. For sure they will look for more than this.
Picking up just three points from a possible nine in the group stage certainly did not spell success. But Shevchenko surely cannot care less about the manner in which his side has progressed as they seek a semi-final appearance at a major tournament for the first time ever.
Ukraine’s best result at the World Cup or Euros was 2006 World Cup. They bowed to the eventual winner – Italy. Shevchenko will endeavor to take inspiration from his celebrated playing days and navigate his side to an odds-defying win once more.
In last match against Germany, England’s defense played an important role, and by keeping a clean sheet against Die Mannschaft in the last 16, England followed in the footsteps of the Germans in 2016 by not conceding in any of their first four Euros matches, but a nail-biting weekend could be in store, as all three of England’s quarter-final appearances at the tournament have been decided by a penalty shootout.
Both England and Ukraine have not play against each other’s since 2013 friendly, and one year before this match, England defeated Ukraine in the only Euros both team met by Wayne Rooney’s goal, as Three Lions hold a 1-0 group-stage success.
Ukraine striker Besedin was victim of a horror challenge by Sweden’s Marcus Danielson in their quarter-final, for sure he will be out together with Popov for today match.
Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk will once again start in the front, although the latter was cautioned in the last-16 win.
England duo Mount and Chilwell have completed their self-isolation periods. Mount could replace the doubtful Saka alongside with Kane and Sterling, but Chilwell is highly unlikely to challenge Luke Shaw for a spot on the left.
Although Grealish deserve a starting line-up position after the wonder performance last match, Southgate won’t replace Sterling, who is top-scorer of the team in this tournament by him.
While Ukraine deserve credit for making into last eight, it is fair to say that they have do their best. For this time around, we are expecting England to get the job done ahead of another Wembley outing in the Semi-finals.
Ukraine 0-2 England