Ukraine took on England at the historic Stadio Olimpico in Rome for their quarter final fixture in the Euro 2020 tournament.
The Blue and Yellows have had a surprisingly good tournament while the same could be said about the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate’s team have taken a more controlled, possession-based approach to international games so far and showed signs of attacking brilliance against Germany at the start of the week.
New Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho made his first start in the Euros while Mason Mount made his return to the squad after testing positive for COVID.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side have been dangerous with Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk providing most of the goals for them in the competition.
England started strong and managed to take the lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Lions’ MVP, Raheem Sterling, fed the ball to Harry Kane in the Ukraine box and the England captained drilled a goal past Bushchan to give his side an early lead.
Throughout the first half, England were playing a little more open than usual and the game did look entertaining. One thing the fans have been asking for was an England side playing exciting football and the players looked like they were having fun on the ball.
There were a few concerns in the first half, especially from Kyle Walker at full-back as he was letting in Ukrainian players from the flank. Jordan Pickford stayed strong between the sticks to prevent any equalisers.
The first half ended 1-0 as England looked determined to win the game.
England scored another early goal, this time in the second half. After Kane was fouled from 35-yards out, Man United left back Luke Shaw took a free kick to meet the head of his team mate, Harry Maguire, in the box.
Shaw was having a really good game and deserved to be the man of the match. He provided another assist, this time in the 50th minute, to give Harry Kane a double and give England a 3-0 lead. The 25-year-old delivered a perfect cross at the edge of the area for Kane to header in the chance.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was subbed on in the 57th minute so Declan Rice could avoid being unavailable to play in the semis from a booking.
Despite some of the starting players being subbed off, England still had the same momentum throughout the game.
Henderson added another goal to the score sheet in the 63rd minute. Mount delivered a cross from a corner to meet the head of the 31-year-old, who scored his first senior goal for England.
The game ended 4-0 to England who comfortably make their way back to Wembley to face Denmark.
Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 via Twitter