Euro 2020, Highlights: England vs Ukraine quarterfinal: Kane's brace helps England rout Ukraine 4-0 and enter semis

A brace from captain Harry Kane and goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson helped England beat Ukraine 4-0 and enter the semifinals.

Updated : Jul 04, 2021 03:08 IST

England players celebrate after going 4-0 ahead against Ukraine on Saturday.
England players celebrate after going 4-0 ahead against Ukraine on Saturday.

England players celebrate after going 4-0 ahead against Ukraine on Saturday.

Welcome to the highlights of the Euro 2020 quarterfinal between England and Ukraine from Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

MATCH REPORT: England thumps Ukraine 4-0, sets up semifinal clash with Denmark in Wembley

WOW! WOW! That was a performance and a half from England. It looked up for it from the first minute as Harry Kane put the side in front, in as early as the fourth minute.

Then at the start of the second half, Harry Maguire gave England a 2-0 lead with a lovely header.

Kane then made it two for the night for himself, with a fine header and then a while later, Jordan Henderson netted in his first-ever international goal to make it 4-0 and literally close the game out for the Three Lions.

A forgettable night for Ukraine, which had its chances but just not could not convert any of them. It, however, can be proud of reaching the last eight stage of the competition.

But this night belongs to England and the win means that it will take on Denmark in the second semifinal at home in Wembley on Wednesday.

Join us for that game. Until then, it is Goodbye and stay safe.

NO ADDED TIME. The referee blows the final whistle and England has absolutely marched its way into the semifinal.

85' Ukraine once again looks to create something but the England defence line is up to the task.


78' Ukraine tries to create something via Zinchenko. It gets a corner, it is headed away by Calvert-Lewin.

73' Makarenko takes a long-range left-footed shot and Pickford uses both his hands to stop the ball. A rare occurrence of an Ukranian piece of play in this half.

72' CHANGE For England: Dominic Calvert-Lewin comes on for Harry Kane.


England ringing in the changes after going 4-0 ahead as Trippier, Rashford and Bellingham come on for Shaw, Sterling and Phillips.

Ukraine also makes a solitary change as Makarenko comes on for Sydorchuk.

Mason Mount takes the corner, the delivery comes in and the Liverpool midfiedler rises to head the ball into the back of the net. WOW! Surely now Wembley awaits on Wednesday for England.

62' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Henderson gets his name on the scoresheet. It is is first ever goal for his country.


58' England trying to create something from the right, but a double clearance from Ukraine prevents from anything significant from happening.

56' CHANGE For England: Jordan Henderson coming on for Declan Rice.

54' A real uphill task in front of Ukraine from here. It has got a bit more of the ball since the third goal, but no real chances yet.

Its Luke Shaw again with a lovely cross in from the left and Kane heads the ball into the back of the net. Safe to say, England has one foot in the semifinal.

50' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Harry Kane gets his second goal of the night.

An early free kick for England in the second half. Luke Shaw puts in a fine, fine delivery. Maguire rises and heads the ball into the back of the net. FANTASTIC START TO THE SECOND HALF FOR ENGLAND!

46' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Maguire makes it 2-0 for England.

WELCOME BACK! England to start off proceedings in this second half

That was an interesting half of football. England got off to the ideal start as captain Harry Kane put the side in front in early as the fourth minute.

However, post that, Ukraine began to ease its way into the fixture and had its fair share of shots in the England goal, with Yaremchuk coming closest to score with a left-footed shot.

45 minutes separate England from a Wembley semifinal against Denmark. However, indications in the first half hinted at Ukraine not throwing in the towel, too soon.

Join us for the second half soon.

The referee blows the whistle and it is Half-Time in Rome.

45+1' Sterling, who has arguably been the best player from either teams in this half, sprints down the right flank with real pace, tries to create something, but the Ukraine defence is upto the task.


39' Lovely bit of play from England as Shaw finds space, puts in a pass to Sterling, who takes a shot and it is saved. Soon enough, the linesman raises the flag.

36' Once again Ukraine showing signs of positivity as Yarmalenko and co. tries to create something, it fires in two shots, both of which is blocked out by the English defence.

Ukraine is forced to make a change as Kyrvstov limps his way out of play and Tsyhankov comes in his place.

32' WHAT A HIT FROM RICE! Sterling once again looks to create something from the left, the ball goes into the empty space and the midfielder takes a really fine shot, but the goalkeeper saves it with his hands.


28' Sterling is brought down near the touchline. It gives England a free kick. Shaw takes it, puts in a delivery. Kane rises, but his header goes above the goal.

26' England keeping possession of the ball for the large parts in this passage of play. Sterling takes a shot from the left, but it is blocked away.

21' Good play from England as Sancho and Sterling link up and the former makes the pass to the latter, who puts in a ball from wide of play, but there is no one there to put in the shot.

19' Slight stoppage in play as it looks like Matviyenko has twisted his right ankle. He receives treatment and we are good to go again.

16' CHANCE! Yaremchuk comes close to equalising for Ukraine, firing in a left-footed shot that is saved by the ever-impressive Pickford. Once again, England guilty of giving away possession easily.

15' Slightly slow passage of play as both teams exchange possession.

11' Positive play from Ukraine, which gets the ball after England loses possession and Yarmalenko sprints down the right flank, tries to put in a ball, but the English defenders are there to block it out.

9' Ukraine has got a bit more ball possession since going 1-0 down. But nothing concrete yet, in terms of chances.

7' FREE KICK for Ukraine. Sheparenko takes it, the delivery comes in, but no real chance created from it.

Sterling, beating a couple of Ukraine players, puts in a fine pass to Kane, who slots the ball into the back of the net. WHAT A START FOR THE THREE LIONS!

4' GOALLLLLLLLLLL! Harry Kane gives England the lead.

2' England with almost all of the possession in the opening couple of minutes of the first half.

HERE WE GO! Ukraine to kick start proceedings.

The national anthems renditions are over and we are almost ready for kick-off.

12:25am: Both teams are making their way to the middle for the national anthems.


12:15am: England  goalkeeper  Jordan Pickford  says his Euro 2020 heroics have been fuelled by the criticism he endured during a difficult season with Everton.

Pickford heard calls for Gareth Southgate to drop him from the England team after he made a series of costly errors in the domestic campaign.

But Southgate has kept faith with Pickford and has been rewarded with some superb displays during England's run to a European Championship quarterfinal against Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.

Read more about here: Pickford's England redemption fuelled by criticism

12:11am: The winner of this match will take on Denmark, which continued its inspirational run in this tournament, with a 2-1 win over Czech Republic.

Read more about that game here: Denmark moves into semifinals with 2-1 win over Czech Republic

12:00am: 30 MINUTES TO GO FOR KICK OFF! Who will face Denmark in the semis on Wednesday?

England midfielder  Jack Grealish  said captain  Harry Kane  is the best player he has ever played with and tipped the  Tottenham Hotspur  forward to break the Premier League scoring record.

Read more about that here: Kane the best player I've played with: Grealish

One of the heroes of Ukraine’s win over Sweden in the Round of 16 match was Oleksandr Zinchenko, who scored the opener and later, gave the assist for the winner in extra time.

Read more about what he has to say about the England quarterfinal here: Zinchenko calls on Ukraine to play 'game of their lives'

So Gareth Southgate has recalled Mason Mount, who had to go into quarantine earlier, for this fixture.

Jadon Sancho, fresh from his transfer to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, also returns to the starting XI.

Bukayo Saka, who started against Germany in the Round of 16 clash, misses out.

One change for Ukraine as Mykolenko replaces Stepanenko from the side that beat Sweden in the Round of 16 match.

Here are the teams for tonight's game:

England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Sancho, Kane, Sterling.

Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Zinchenko, Shaparenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.

The Stadio Olimpico will have fans on Saturday, but no player travelling from England will be allowed to enter the venue.

Read more about that here: Italy bars travelling England fans from Rome stadium

Ahead of the quarterfinal, Ukraine was dealt a big blow after Artem Besedin was ruled out of the tournament because of a horrific knee injury that he sustained against Sweden.

Read more about that here: Ukraine’s Besedin out of Euros after Danielson challenge

Not many gave England a chance to beat Germany in its Round of 16 match. How did they pull it off in front of a raucous Wembley crowd?

Aashin Prasad analyses the brain it put behind the win: Southgate’s England clips German wings in Wembley win

Andriy Shevchenko had a brief stint with Chelsea several years ago. Now he faces England as the manager of Ukraine and after it beat Sweden in the pre-quarters, he felt that his side had nothing to fear.

Read more about that here: Ukraine will have no fear against England, says Shevchenko

After beating Germany in the Round of 16 match on Tuesday, England captain Harry Kane said that England will become a lot more dangerous as a side, in the upcoming matches.

Read more about that here: England will be seen as a dangerous side now — Kane

England is yet to concede in the tournament so far, but with the likes of Yarmalenko in the opposition, that could change on Saturday.

Having overcome historic rival Germany in the last 16, facing Ukraine might seem like an easier proposition for England.

Turns out, though, that Saturday’s quarterfinal match at the Stadio Olimpico might be England’s toughest test of the European Championship.

That’s because it’s the only match of Euro 2020 that England will have to play away from the friendly confines of Wembley Stadium.

Read more in the preview here: In-form England faces Ukraine at Stadio Olimpico

Squads: England:Goalkeepers : Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

Defenders : Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders : Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards : Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish

Ukraine: Goalkeepers : Georgiy Bushchan, Andriy Pyatov, Anatolii Trubin

Defenders : Oleksandr Karavaev, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Mykola Matviyenko, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Denys Popov, Eduard Sobol, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Illia Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko

Midfielders : Roman Bezus, Yevhen Makarenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Marlos, Mykola Shaparenko, Taras Stepanenko, Heorhii Sudakov, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Viktor Tsygankov

Forwards : Artem Dovbyk, Roman Yaremchuk, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zubkov

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