For the first time since winning the World Cup in 1966, England knocked out Germany 2-0 in a major soccer tournament in front of the biggest UK audience of UEFA Euro 2020 to date. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane fired England’s first win against Die Mannschaft to end decades of pain at the hands of their bitter rivals. Gareth Southgate’s men enter the next round of competitions as favorites.
It was only England’s second knockout stage win in the history of Euros and their first victory over Germany at Wembley since 1975. England were eliminated from the 1970, 1990 and 2010 World Cups by Germany, who also beat them in the Euro 96 semi-finals at Wembley. “We deserved the win. The players were absolutely immense, right the way through the team,” Southgate said.
The Three Lions topped the Group D table with 7 points and currently unbeaten 10 games, by which they won 9 and drawn 1, since their loss to Belgium 2-0 in a Nations League game last year. England now marches to Rome on to a quarter-final fixture going against Ukraine after Artem Dovbyk’s late extra-time winner knocked out 10-man Sweden at Hampden Park.
Outgoing Germany coach Joachim Löw said he took “full responsibility” for Germany’s early Euro 2020 exit. “From the outside, you probably can’t tell what it’s like to carry this responsibility for 15 years,” he said at a press conference. “Even when you have periods without international breaks, you spend every waking moment with preparation and research.
France had been the tournament favorite since it opened. However, the reigning World Cup champions were eliminated from the tournament by Switzerland, who scored twice in the final 10 minutes to send the game into extra time and won on penalty kicks. “It is cruel. We gave everything but we have to accept the defeat. It hurts, but it is probably because we didn’t deserve to go further,” Deschamps said.
Elsewhere, Belgium, who aims to win its first major soccer tournament three years after a third-place finish at the World Cup, knocked out reigning champions Portugal 1-0 with Thorgan Hazard scoring the only goal of the game. The Red Devils will now take on Italy, who needed extra time to defeat Austria 2-1, surpassing its own 30-game unbeaten run set in 1939 and qualify for the quarterfinals in the event.
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