England beat Germany to qualify for Euro2021 quarter finals with fine second half performance at Wembley Stadium to break 55 years of knockout phase win over Germany.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were enough for the Three lions to book quarter finals fixture against Ukraine on July 3.
Gareth Southgate’s side had to grind extra hard to get a win after a toe-to-toe battle against their opponent and it was Man City forward Raheem Sterling who broke the deadlock form England.
Raheem Sterling meet a cross from Luke Shaw on the left hand side to coolly connect the ball at the back of the net on the 78 minutes to send over 40,000 England fans inside Wembley into wild jubilations.
Germany were much more poised to level things up quickly as a golden chance which fell for Thomas Muller was missed.
Everton Keeper Jordan Pickford made some brilliant saves in both halves to deny Chelsea per Timo Werner and Kai Havertz from scoring.
Pickford is having wonderful tournament so far by not conceding a goal in four matches.
With 12 more minutes to end the game after Englands first goal, Harry Kane in similar fashion added another to cancel Germany’s hopes of coming back into the game.
The captain headed home a cross from substitute Jack Grealish to double England’s lead on the 86 minutes, although Harry Kane influenced the game very little his goal was so much important to secure a win for the English.
Which Team stands England’s way to the Semifinals?
The three lions will face Ukraine managed by one of the finest strikers to grace the game of football. Andry Shevchenko he one way or the other knows how the English play very well as part of his playing was at Chelsea after moving from Italian side AC Milan.
Ukraine defeated Sweden 2-1 after extratime to qualify for the quarterfinals unlike England who put in two goals in regulation time.
Gareth Southgate’s men need to think about how they can go past Ukraine who could pull a surprised despite being underdogs in this encounter.
England look the most favorite but in the game of football anything can happen at the end.
What’s next for Germany?
This is the end of the road for Joachim Low who has had a fine career for the Germans bringing home the 2014 Worldcup after failing to win on home soil in 2006.
Hansi Flick who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich is the one who is coming to take incharge of the German National team.
Possible rebuilding is needed for Germany and the new coach will fall on fine talents at his disposal to build a solid squad for his team.
It looks certain that older players like Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Muller will have their way out of the team under Hansi Flick or little will be expected of them for the future.
We will see how they will fare in next year’s world Cup in Qatar probably things will take shape again for them.
England Against Germany Notable STATS
- England defeated Germany in a competitive game at Wembley for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final, having been winless in their previous three such encounters.
- They are only the second side in European Championship history not to concede in any of their first four games of an edition of the tournament, after Germany in 2016. The only previous time England did so at any major tournament (World Cup & Euros) was at the 1966 World Cup.
- Sterling has now scored 15 goals in his last 20 appearances in all competitions for England, after going 27 games without finding the net prior to this run.
- Kane has now scored 30 goals for England under Southgate; in the national side’s history, only Lineker scored more while playing under a single manager (35 under Bobby Robson).
- Kane equalled Wayne Rooney for goals scored at major tournaments for England (7), with only Lineker (10) and Alan Shearer (9) netting more across the World Cup & Euros for the Three Lions.
- Muller has appeared in each of Germany’s last 26 games at major tournaments; the joint-longest streak of any player for the national side, along with Mesut Ozil (26 between 2010 and 2018).
- Bukayo Saka (19y 297d) became the youngest starter for England in a knockout game at a major tournament since Wayne Rooney at Euro 2004, in the quarter-final against Portugal (18y 244d).