Euro 2020 LIVE: England vs Ukraine reaction and latest semi-final news
Posted On July 4, 2021
Euro 2020: England supporters climb Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain after Ukraine win
The final four of Euro 2020 are set, with England advancing to the semi-finals thanks to a 4-0 loss to Ukraine on Saturday night.
Gareth Southgate’s side return to Wembley for their next match – and for the final they should get there – after winning this match in Rome, their first match of the tournament outside of London. They will face Denmark in the semi-finals, after the legendary Scandinavians won their own 2-1 encounter with the Czech Republic in Baku just hours before the Three Lions triumph.
On the other side of the board, the coveted Italy will face Spain, with the Azzurri beating Belgium impressively and La Roja sneaking right past Switzerland on penalties.
Only three games remain after an exciting and absorbing summer of action spread across the continent, with the semi-finals taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Dreams of success quickly turned into concrete optimism for four national teams and their supporters, but work remains to be done to reach the final. Follow all the preparation for the two semi-finals of Euro 2020 live here:
England vs Ukraine audience exceeds 20 million
England’s victory over Ukraine drew a peak audience of 20.9 million on BBC One, with an additional 5.2 million streams on BBC iPlayer, making the quarterfinals the live televised event on most watched of the year.
The total eclipsed the peak ratings that followed England’s victory over Germany in the last 16 games, and combined TV and online stream viewing figures would place the game against Ukraine in the top 10 most watched shows in the UK.
Jamie braidwoodJuly 4, 2021 11:08 AM
When are the Euro 2020 semi-finals?
Everything you need to know can be found here: what day is each game, how many fans can attend, and more.
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 11:02 AM
Euro 2020 Golden Boot odds and top scorers ranking
It will take a big effort for one of the English duos in the running to overtake those at the top!
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
5 – Patrik Schick, Czech Republic
4 – Karim Benzema, France
4 – Emil Forsberg, Sweden
4 – Romelu Lukaku, Belgium
3 – Georginio Wijnaldum, Netherlands
3 – Robert Lewandowski, Poland
3 – Haris Seferovic, Switzerland
3 – Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland
3 – Raheem Sterling, England
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:53 AM
England to use World Cup ‘injury’ to win Euro 2020 success – Harry Kane
The captain talks about going further:
“Obviously, there are a few of us in this team who have played this semi-final and we know how painful it is not to make it to the final and to go all the way.
“It’s been a great tournament so far and we’ve ticked the boxes as we go, but the bottom line is that we have a vision of where we want to be and we need to win major tournaments.
“We are on the right track but we have a very difficult game ahead. We also have our supporters there, we are going to have 60,000 in the stadium and we want to make them proud and their friends and family proud.”
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:45 AM
Five clean sheets for England at Euro 2020 – what’s the secret?
You may have noticed a glaring lack of players and teams celebrating against England this summer. Scotland did it to some extent full-time, having won a hard-fought point, but that’s it – no goals against, certainly no losses. How did England manage to break a record of five consecutive Euro games without conceding a goal? Marc Critchley details the collective approach that has upset everyone, from top scorer Patrik Schick to debauchery Thomas Muller this summer.
“There is no official Euro ‘golden glove’ prize, but if there was one, only Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma would have a chance to match Jordan Pickford.
“England’s tactical form when out of possession, even among attacking players, has been generally excellent.”
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:38 AM
Luke Shaw delivers the perfect answer … and the free kick
Just days after Jose Mourinho suggested Luke Shaw’s set pieces were “very bad” for England, he sent in a few bangers.
One landed on Harry Maguire’s forehead a brief second before the ball hit the back of the net, while he also assisted another Harry Kane header and showed an overall improvement in his game in the two halves of the field that has been increasingly apparent over the past 12 months.
Vithushan Ehantharajah praises the virtues of the left-back who finally wins the credit he deserves.
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:29 AM
Sterling’s defensive pass that decided Ukraine’s fate early
England got off to a perfect start in Rome, scoring just a few minutes later. He might not have been on the scoresheet this time around, but Raheem Sterling’s contribution was no less vital, his incisive pass paving the way for that opening goal and the eventual, comfortable, win. Melissa Reddy details Sterling’s “masterclass” for delivering a killer pass as his impact on Euro 2020 continues to grow.
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:20 AM
Denmark feels love after Eriksen’s absence
Kasper Hjulmand said he “certainly” feels the public support Denmark is receiving at Euro 2020 and said Christian Eriksen will be very present in the team’s thoughts as they dreamed of emulating the winning team of the 1992 European Championship.
“I think everyone in football understood that the second and days after the fundamentals of life and football, the core values of football emerged at that point,” he said after the victory against the Czech Republic.
“There are so many other agendas in football, but we all remembered why we started playing football, what values football is based on and we remembered that.
“I still think of Christian every day. He should have been here.
“We’re happy he survived, we wear him until this game and all the way to Wembley. I think about him all the time.
“We all understood maybe that the values of football have manifested themselves – and maybe we are a symbol of that. I couldn’t be happier than that.
“The team showed it without being told, ‘this is how you should act’.”
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 10:14 AM
What can England expect from Denmark?
The big question for Gareth Southgate and Co now is: how are they going to navigate the next tough event, in Denmark?
Impressive counterattacks, a new tactical system and good results are all remarkable – but the Danes are obviously playing for something more, still on the emotional wave that resulted from Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch during their first game. .
Since his subsequent recovery, the team have by their own admission been playing for him and constantly thinking about their skipper, and this has undoubtedly been a factor in reaching the knockout stage.
Against Wales and the Czech Republic, however, it was Denmark’s tactics, clinical advantage and impressive position rotation that really marked them as a team to respect.
Karl MatchettJuly 4, 2021 9:59 AM
Harry Maguire echoed Henderson’s thoughts and the dominant post-match theme in Rome is pretty straightforward: England need to go deeper this time around.
The successive semi-finals are impressive, there is no doubt about it, but the team wants to take more steps.
“It’s a great feeling, the consecutive semifinals in the major tournaments are a great success. I don’t want to be a party animal but we don’t stop there. We want to go further than in the World Cup.
“The way we won it shows the great progress we are making. May the improvement continue for a long time. We have another big one coming up.
“We have great confidence in the dressing room. The first half was difficult, we scored the first goal and they caused us some form problems, but the second goal calmed us down a lot.
“From there we controlled the game really well. It was an impressive performance in the end.”