LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Here is England’s journey to the European Championship final where they face Italy on Sunday at Wembley.
England topped Group A of qualifying with seven of eight wins, their only setback being a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic after beating the Czechs, 5-0 second, in the second leg at Wembley in the first round matches.
England’s journey in which they scored 37 goals and conceded six also included a 7-0 loss to Montenegro at Wembley, a 6-0 loss away from Bulgaria and a 5 home win. -3 against Kosovo in Southampton.
The Czechs qualified alongside England and were drawn in the same group in the final which also included Croatia and Scotland.
ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA
The Three Lions started their Group D campaign at Wembley taking revenge on the Croats for a 2-1 loss in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals with an industrious performance.
Although they lacked creativity at times, England took the win after Raheem Sterling managed a pass from Kalvin Phillips on defense and propelled his shot past Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic in the 57th minute.
A superb defensive display from England deprived Croatia of any clear chance at the other end.
ENGLAND 0-0 SCOTLAND
England headed for the clash at Wembley as favorites but couldn’t break Scotland and their lavishness in front of goal was almost punished on the other end when Reece James had to clear a Lyndon Dykes shot on the line.
20-year-old Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, man of the match after a superb individual performance, tested positive for COVID-19 after the match and as a result England’s Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, Gilmour’s Chelsea teammates who l ‘kissed at the final whistle, had to isolate himself for a week.
CZECH REPUBLIC 0-1 ENGLAND
Another professional performance at Wembley saw England finish top of the group after a debut goal from Sterling gave them their second win of the tournament and ensured they didn’t concede any goals before the knockout stage direct.
With forward Harry Kane smothered in the group stage, livewire Sterling escalated further to greet a teasing Jack Grealish cross in the 12th minute to book a last 16 clash with Germany.
ENGLAND 2-0 GERMANY
A mature-looking England celebrated their first knockout stage win over Germany in a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup final after late goals from Sterling and Kane sank the Germans into an atmosphere noisy in Wembley.
After an even first half, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford prevented a shot from Kai Havertz with an acrobatic save and the hosts took center stage after Sterling tapped a Luke Shaw cross in the 75th minute.
Thomas Mueller missed a golden chance to equalize soon after when he shot wide on goal and Kane sealed the win in the 86th with a tilted header from a Grealish cross.
UKRAINE 0-4 ENGLAND
England burst into the last four with their most impressive performance of the tournament as the rejuvenated Kane scored twice while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson each added one at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Captain Kane slipped at close range to give England a lead in the fourth minute and Maguire doubled the advantage in the 46th with a threshing header in the far corner as he ended a Shaw’s free kick.
Kane made it 3-0 four minutes later with a single header after another excellent performance from Shaw and Henderson completed the rout in the 63rd with his first international goal when he headed a Mason corner. Mount.
ENGLAND 2-1 DENMARK
After conceding their first goal of the tournament on their return to Wembley, England fought back to win in extra time after falling behind on a sublime free kick from Mikkel Damsgaard in the 30th minute.
The striker hit the top corner with a hoarse shot that flew over the wall but England were tied nine minutes later when Denmark captain Simon Kjaer was only able to turn a low cross from Bukayo Saka into his own. net in front of Sterling.
Kane scored the game-winning goal in the 104th minute as he swept a rebound after goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel parried the striker’s penalty straight in his way, with the kick awarded after Sterling fell under a challenge by Joakim Maehle.
Written by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris
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