England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine kicks off a semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
Harry Kane scored twice as a floating England cross in the Euro 2020 semi-finals with a 4-0 unilateral victory over Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.
Kane ended a disturbing international scoring streak by netting Germany’s 2-0 defeat in the last 16 in midweek and put England ahead four minutes into a sweaty evening in the Italian capital.
Gareth Southgate’s side then put this quarter-final tie out of view with two more goals at the start of the second half, one from Harry Maguire before Kane scored.
Substitute Jordan Henderson has secured the fourth, and when Denmark are looking forward to the Wembley semi-finals on Wednesday England will be confident of reaching a European Championship first leg and even now claiming a first major international title since 1966.
The draw was good for them, with Ukraine certainly a weak opponent as much as they could hope to face in a quarter-final, a stage in which they lost to Italy and Portugal in the recent European Championships.
Yet the statistics are impressive, with England reaching five games in this tournament all without conceding a goal.
Some of his wide-ranging games have been exceptional, with Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho – making their first Euro appearance – too hot for Ukraine to handle.
Kane, his captain, had gone close for eight hours without finding the net for his country, but his opener here was his second in just eight minutes after the late strike that secured victory over Germany.
Regardless of the opposition, their display at the Olympic Stadium has been a rise in class in the third final of previous Euro matches and will be the home favorites against a Danish team that has played its fourth. of final against the Czech Republic. on Saturday in Baku away.
Hat-trick of headers
This will be the only game England have played away from home in the competition and it has made a big difference to their defeat of the Germans, which has been watched by more than 40,000 supporters at Wembley, where coronavirus restrictions are stay loose.
With Italy currently imposing a forty-five day period on all arrivals from the UK, the number of England fans in Rome was limited to those already based in the European Union even though they are also heard in the crowd of less than 12,000.
They had so much to celebrate, unlike their Ukrainian counterparts, that Andriy Shevchenko’s team went short on their bid to take the country to a first-ever semifinal of major tournaments.
They were knocked out of their group and then chased away Sweden by 10 men in overtime in the last 16, and their chances of shocking England seemed dead and buried when they fell behind.
Sterling, who terrorized the Ukrainian defense on the left, played in Kane who put the ball in front of Georgiy Bushchan.
Ukraine’s giant striker Roman Yaremchuk was forced to save by Jordan Pickford and a Declan Rice pillar was kept out of Bushchan, with England looking comfortable.
However Ukraine came up with a different proposition after injured defender Serhiy Kryvtsov was replaced by Dynamo Kiev winger Viktor Tsygankov in the 36th minute.
They finished the first half strong and England’s most pessimistic fans were able to pass the interval by reliving their exit from Euro 2016, when they lost to Iceland in the last 16 despite also opening the point in the fourth minute.
They don’t need to be worried.
England scored again less than a minute after the restart when a fall on Kane allowed Luke Shaw to throw a free kick from the left into Maguire to head in.
Four minutes later Sterling provided the soaked Shaw and crossed it for a renewed Kane to go home.
The Tottenham star almost had his hat-trick, a stinging volley that produced a beautiful save from Bushchan.
From the resulting corner of Mason Mount came the fourth goal, another header, this time from Henderson, the first of five replacements sent by Southgate who would have thought about the semi-final long before this quarter-final was officially over.