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Washed Out Ukraine and Boring England to Meet in Playoff Round

30 June 2021, 15:22
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The results of yesterday’s Ukraine vs. Sweden and England vs. Germany matches determined who entered the EURO 2020 quarter-finals.

Washed Out Ukraine and Boring England to Meet in Playoff Round

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While the Ukrainian team is getting compliments for its win, England is being criticized for a boring game, according to sports news articles. Let’s consider the matches in more detail and discuss those who will meet in the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals will be full of surprises

Yesterday, in London and Glasgow, the last matches of 1/8 finals of Europe’s championship took part, and their results determined the last pair of the quarter-finals. Now it includes Ukraine’s national team, a playoff debutante, as well as a top-tier English team, which doesn’t have a very spectacular performance. Shevchenko’s and Southgate’s teams played against Sweden and Germany and beat them with the score 2:1 and 2:0 respectively. 

Due to a confident win of the English, the last team from the group of death left the tournament: the Germans got thrown out following reigning champions of Europe, the Portuguese, and the world’s champions – the French team. The current situation surprised fans but Southgate’s team could handle the opponent, which had more attacks and controlled the ball. The only advantage of the English team was well-placed shots on goal: four out of five shots were on target.

Actually, the team jumped to the next round due to the boring football, which had astonishing efficiency. Thankfully, the team has Sterling who is active and can deliver high performance. He scored the first goal of the match and prolonged his shots series at EURO 2020 to three shots. The second shot belongs to Harry Kane: a well-done headed shot broke off the forward’s dull series.

The match between Ukraine’s and Sweden’s national teams isn’t so high-quality as England vs. Germany. However, emotions were the same. For Andriy Shevchenko’s team, it is the first EURO playoff ever. It could enter it only on the seventh attempt. Sweden seemed to underestimate the opponent, although it promised not to pay attention to the Ukrainian team’s failure during the group stage.

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Ukraine’s team was more accurate and had more moments near the opposing goal. It is worth noting that teams determined a winner based only on extra halves, at the start of which the Swedes were outnumbered. The reason for this was Marcus Danielson’s awful foul – he bumped into Artem Besyedin’s knee with his spiked football boots. The Ukrainian player was substituted.

Although the Ukrainian team had more players till the end of the match, it could score a goal only at the end of the second extra half. Artem Dovbyk became the author of the goal. It was the first time he played for the national team at EURO and scored a momentous goal at once. Dovbyk broke Michel Platini’s record and became the author of the latest goal at EURO.

In the quarter-finals, the following matches will take place: England vs. Ukraine, Italy vs. Belgium, Spain vs. Switzerland, and Denmark vs. the Czech Republic. The matches are scheduled for July 2-3.

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