The Pre-quarterfinals are over as eight teams head one step closer to the ultimate prize.
It's been an amazing EURO 2020 round of 16 and an exciting one we've seen for a long time. On Tuesday, the last two games of the round of 16 were played. In the first match, it was England vs Germany played at Wembley Stadium.
Playing at home turf was a much-needed advantage for England, who had a difficult opponent to deal with. Despite that, the 2014 World Cup Winners were the favorites for many to go through. England had a good first half with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane good chance to put their team in the lead.
In the second half, Germany started well as they put pressure on England. But it was the home side who opened the deadlock in the 75th minute through Sterling, who slotted the ball from a Luke Shaw pass.
Thomas Muller had a great chance to equalize in the 81st minute when he came one-on-one with Jordan Pickford after a good through ball from Kai Havertz, but he hit it wide.
That miss became costly for the three-time European champions as Kane doubled their lead in the 86th minute and secured England's place in the quarterfinals. It is a significant victory for the Three Lions as they had not won in a major tournament against Germany since 1966.
England beat Germany 2-0 to reach the next round. Photo Source: Algulf
Later that evening, Ukraine came up against Sweden in the last match of the round of 16 in Hampden Park. Many put Sweden to go through, but Ukraine looked more dangerous in attack in the first half.
Ukraine took the lead in the 27th minute after Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko hit a powerful shot past Robin Olsen. In-form, Swedish forward Emil Forsberg leveled for his team after his shot took a deflection off the Ukrainian defender Illya Zabarnyi.
Both sides looked equal in the second half, and the match headed to extra time after unable to see the result in normal time. In the first period of the extra time, Marcus Danielson plunged into a reckless challenge on Besdein.
Initially, the referee gave the defender a yellow card for his challenge, but after taking a look on the monitor, he was given a red card. Losing a defender with twenty minutes still left to play, Sweden were on a backfoot.
Nevertheless, Sweden managed to hold on and almost took the game to the penalty shootout, but substitute striker Artem Dovbyk headed the ball from a beautiful Zinchencko cross in the first additional minute at the end of extra time to win it for Ukraine.
Artem Dovbyk scored in the 121st minute to secure Ukraine a place in the quarterfinal.
With the win, Ukraine went to the quarterfinals, which is only the second time they have reached a major tournament quarterfinal. Ukraine will now face England in the last eight in Rome.
The quarterfinal ties will begin on Friday. The first match will be Switzerland vs. Spain with Belgium vs. Italy coming late in the evening.
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