UEFA EURO 2020 - SATURDAY QUARTER-FINALS PREVIEW
Saturday evening sees the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine and England stake their claim for a place in the EURO 2020 semi-final.
CZECH REPUBLIC VS DENMARK
Saturday 3rd July, 5pm – Baku Olympic Stadium
The Czech Republic will be full of confidence after seeing off the Netherlands in the Round of 16. Matthijs De Ligt’s second half red card meant the Dutch spent the last 35 minutes of the game with 10-men. Tomas Holes put the Czech’s in front just 10 minutes later, before Patrik Schick’s strike with 10 minutes to go sealed a 2-0 win. The Czechs have now reached their 4th quarter-final in their last 7 European Championships, and will be eyeing up a return to Wembley for the semi-final.
Denmark won’t be short of confidence either, after hitting 4 against Wales in the Round of 16. Kasper Dolberg struck a brace before Jokim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite sealed a 4-0 win, and a place in the quarter-finals. Denmark will be looking to emulate their EURO 92 campaign, where they shocked the world and won the tournament with a 2-0 final victory over Germany.
This is the third time the 2 teams have met in the European Championships, with the Czechs winning the previous 2 in EURO 2000 and 2004. Denmark will be looking to make it 3rd time lucky after losing their last 2 quarter-final ties in major tournaments.
UKRAINE VS ENGLAND
Saturday 3rd July, 8pm – Olimpico, Rome
Ukraine needed extra time to see off Sweden at Hampden Park last Tuesday. Sweden's Marcus Danielson was shown a straight red card in the 99th minute following a VAR check after catching Sweden's Artem Besedin with his studs. Artem Dovbyk’s header won the game for the Ukrainians with virtually the last action of the match. Ukraine progressed to the knockout stages as one of the best 3rd placed teams.
England will fancy their chances of a place in the final on the 11th of July, with only Ukraine and Czech Republic or Denmark standing in their way. A 2-0 win over a strong German side secured their place in the quarter-final. Raheem Sterling scored his 3rd goal of the tournament before star-man Harry Kane broke his goal scoring duck with a cool finish in the 86th minute.
The 2 sides have not met since the World Cup qualifiers in 2013, playing out a mediocre 0-0 draw. EURO 2012 seen these 2 meet in Group D with England coming out as 1-0 winners. The winner of this tie will meet either the Czech Republic or Denmark in the semi-final at Wembley, which will give the English a much-desired home-advantage. England will go into this as the favourites, but this Ukraine side should certainly not be underestimated.
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