England shows its arsenal

Andrea Montolivo

Rome, Jul 3 (EFE) .- After breaking their curse with Germany in the round of 16, by winning 2-0 at Wembley, England activated the automatic pilot and this Saturday crushed without mercy and without disheveled, Ukraine (4- 0) at the Olympic stadium in Rome to stand in the final four of the Eurocup.

The 4-0 Olympics qualified England for the semifinals, a round that had not been reached since 1996, and the “Three Lions” will now face Denmark, the great surprise of the tournament, which eliminated the Czech Republic this Saturday in the quarter finals.

Three of the four goals were scored by England, who after showing little offense in their first four games, showed off their arsenal of offensive resources this Saturday.

Making a great international title “come home”, as English fans often shout in their celebrated chant, is two games away. Denmark and one between Italy and Spain separate them from a trophy they have been waiting for since 1966, when they won their only World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s expedition solved his trip to Rome in less than fifty minutes, the time needed by Harry Kane to sign a double of “nine” pure and by Harry Maguire to confirm his scoring nose in set pieces.

He made his status as a clear favorite against Ukraine weigh, which had reached the quarter-finals after eliminating Sweden in the round of 16 and after a suffered round-trip in the group stage. One step away from being eliminated as the worst third, they managed to enter the knockout phase “thanks” to Spain, who crushed Slovakia 5-0 and eliminated them from the tournament.

But the dream of Ukraine crashed against physical might and English hunger. After four minutes into the game, Sterling offered a great assist to Kane so that he shot the goal and opened the British festival.

Ukraine held out for a while, but collapsed at the restart, when England gave a recital of their abilities in the passing game. In just over a quarter of an hour he scored three goals, all headed.

Maguire made it 2-0 in minute 47 and Kane completed his personal double two minutes later, thanks to the second assist of the night from Luke Shaw, who with injury permission is returning to the levels shown at the beginning of his career. at Southampton.

The 4-0 had an illustrious signature. It was scored by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who had just taken the field.

The Southgate team continued on their way and extended Jordan Pickford’s undefeated status, despite some distractions in the final stage. He will now return to England to prepare a new appointment in which he will leave with the favor, and the weight, of being a priori superior.

Two steps to go to end a trophy drought that marked at least three English generations. EFE

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