EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times

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EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Yussuf Poulsen and Jens Stryger celebrate Denmark's victory. Photo: Getty Images

Denmark 2-1 Czech Republic, Denmark into last four after 29 years

Denmark beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in a nervy Euro 2020 quarter-final to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since they won the title in 1992.

Denmark opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Thomas Delaney scored with a downward header from a corner kick and the Danes doubled the lead just before halftime when Kasper Dolberg fired home from an inch-perfect cross from Joakim Maehle, Evening Standard said.

Czech striker Patrik Schick struck four minutes after the restart, guiding a Vladimir Coufal cross into the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the tournament to go level with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts.

The Czechs were in the ascendancy in the second half but Denmark held on for the win and a semi-final date at Wembley where Kasper Hjulmand's side will play either Ukraine or England -- who play later on Saturday in the last-quarter-final in Rome.

Reaction:

Tomas Holes: "I expect a more difficult game than the one against Netherlands. From what we have seen, [Denmark] have a similar style of play [to us]. They don't lose the ball, are thorough and aggressive. They have excellent players. They do not concede goals, and in each of the last two matches have scored four. It is not an easy match awaiting us."

Vladimir Coufal : "We're not about world-class players or great individuals. Our strength is playing as a team. That's our weapon, and if someone doesn't do that, he will get called out. We're not getting angry at each other, and I hope it will stay that way – until at least the semi-final."

EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Denmark's players celebrate after winning the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final football match against the Czech Republic at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on July 3, 2021. Photo: AFP

OPTA STATS

Five of the last six matches between the Czech Republic and Denmark have ended as draws, including their most recent encounter in a November 2016 friendly. The other game in this run was a 3-0 Denmark win in a March 2013 World Cup qualifier.

With a 4-1 victory against Russia and a 4-0 victory against Wales, Denmark became the first team in European Championship history to score four plus goals in consecutive games in the competition. It has nine goals so far at Euro 2020, only scoring more in a major tournament in the 1986 World Cup (10).

This is the Czech Republic's fourth European Championship quarterfinal, progressing from two of the previous three (1996 vs Portugal, 2004 vs Denmark) but failing the last time it reached this stage in 2012, losing 1-0 to Portugal.

Denmark is averaging 18.8 shots and 7.3 shots on target per game so far at EURO 2020. Both are its highest numbers on record at a single edition at a major tournament (since 1966 - World Cup and EURO).

Mikkel Damsgaard has been directly involved in seven goals in his six appearances for Denmark in all competitions, scoring three and assisting four. Damsgaard created more chances than any other Danish player in its 4-0 victory against Wales in the last round (three), Sport Star reported.

EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Nathan Beighle. Photo: Sport Book Wire

Line-ups

Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka (Brabec 65), Kalas, Bořil; Holeš (Jankto 46), Souček; Masopust (Krmenčík 46), Barák, Ševčík (Darida 80); Schick (Vydra 79)

Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen (Andersen 81), Kjær, Vestergaard; Stryger (Wass 71), Højbjerg, Delaney (Jensen 81), Mæhle; Braithwaite, Dolberg (Poulsen 59), Damsgaard (Nørgaard 60)

Ukraine 0-4 England

As reported by Reuters, Kane at the double as England cruise past Ukraine into Euro semis

Harry Kane struck twice as England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday to reach their first European Championship semi-final since 1996 and set up a clash with Denmark. The England captain raced onto a Raheem Sterling through ball to fire in the opener from close range after four minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, England's earliest goal in a Euros match since 2004.

Harry Maguire headed home a second less than a minute into the second half and Kane soon nodded in his side’s third as Ukraine's resistance crumbled. Substitute Jordan Henderson completed the rout with his first international goal to ensure England's comfortable passage into the last four. Gareth Southgate’s side will face Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday for a place in the final after the Danes defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.

Fans had barely settled in their seats by the time England took the lead with a well-worked move. Sterling cut in off the left wing and slid a through ball into a pocket of space behind the defence for Kane to race through and guide into the net with a neat finish. Ukraine mustered their first effort when Kyle Walker gave the ball away in midfield and Roman Yaremchuk raced through to draw a good save by Jordan Pickford from a tight angle, while England's Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho had shots beaten away by Georgiy Bushchan before halftime.

EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Photo: Sky Sports

But England flexed their muscles after the break and ended the game as a contest within five minutes of the restart, helped by two fine assists from Luke Shaw. The left-back whipped a free-kick onto Maguire’s head for a close-range finish in the first minute of the second half before steering a perfect delivery towards Kane for a simple close-range header four minutes later.

The goal sent Kane level with Alan Shearer as England’s second-top scorer at major tournaments with nine goals, behind Gary Lineker on 10, and he was denied a hat-trick when his ferocious volley was palmed away by the diving Bushchan. England made it four from the resulting corner when Ukraine again failed to deal with a set-piece delivery as Henderson nodded in from six yards to score his first goal for his country on his 62nd cap, AS said.

England have set a new record for clean sheets at the Euros. Denmark will be eager to finally put a stain on them come Wednesday, but will no doubt have their work cut to put one passed this solid English unit in front of a packed Wembley. But the 92 Euro Champions no a thing or two about winning against the odds...

Reaction:

Gareth Southgate, England manager: "We didn’t want to take a backward step. We wanted to really grasp the opportunity rather than hope we might win or let fate have a chance to play its part. I thought the players were decisive and ruthless all night."

Harry Kane, England forward: "It's about peaking at the right time. A fantastic night; we keep going game after game. We were favourites to win this game – a lot of pressure and expectation and to perform as we did was top-drawer. Another clean sheet and four goals: it was a perfect night for us."

Harry Maguire, England defender: "It's a great feeling – back-to-back semi-finals at a major tournament is a great achievement. I don't want to be a party pooper but we don't stop here. We've got another big game coming up and we want to go further this time."

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach: "We've had a great tournament. The team had their own style; they refused to abandon their way of playing, irrespective of the results and opposition. From that point of view, the team have played good football. The guys did everything they could, and I want to thank them for that today."

Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine forward: "We are a great team with a great group of people. Nothing can break us. We know what helps us with our game, and we know how we can play. Despite the result, despite losing 4-0 today, I am proud to be part of this team. Yes, today we lost, but we should look at who we have lost to. In my opinion, we have lost to one of the best teams in the world."

Illia Zabarnyi, Ukraine defender: "I think our team deserved a better result. We have been working really hard. We kept going until the end. All I can say is that I am proud of my team and I am proud of my country. We managed to get to this stage and could have gone even further. But what happened, happened."

EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Harry Kane wheels away after scoring England's third goal against Ukraine. Photo: Getty Image

Key stats

This was England's most emphatic win at a EURO: their previous biggest wins were 4-1 vs the Netherlands at EURO '96 and 3-0 vs Switzerland at EURO 2004.

This was the first time England have scored four goals in a knockout stage match of a major tournament since the 4-2 win against West Germany in the final of the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

This is the third time England have scored four goals in a EURO final tournament game (4-1 win vs Netherlands in 1996 and 4-2 win vs Croatia in 2004).

This is the third time England have scored four goals in a EURO final tournament game (4-1 win vs Netherlands in 1996 and 4-2 win vs Croatia in 2004).

Harry Kane's last 24 goals for England have all been in competitive matches.

Kane is the first player to score twice for England in a EURO knockout match, and first England player to score twice in a EURO final tournament match since Wayne Rooney, against Croatia in 2004.

England have scored within the opening five minutes in four of their last six EURO final tournament knockout phase matches.

England have become the first team to keep five consecutive clean sheets from the start of a EURO final tournament; Spain did record five clean sheets in 2012 but only from their second match onwards.

EURO 2020 Semi-finals: Full fixtures, predictions, dates and kick-off times
Photo: One News

Maguire scored his fourth goal for England and his second in a major tournament after his effort against Sweden at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Jordan Henderson's first England goal came on his 62nd appearance for his country.Jude Bellingham has become the youngest player to feature appear in a EURO knockout fixture at 18 years and four days old.

Ukraine have only failed to score in two of their last 11 international matches; they are yet to keep a clean sheet in 11 EURO final tournament matches.

Line-ups

Ukraine: Bushchan; Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov (Tsygankov 35), Matviyenko; Karavaev, Sydorchuk (Makarenko 64), Shaparenko, Zinchenko, Mykolenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk

England: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw (Trippier 65); Rice (Henderson 57), Phillips (Bellingham 65), Mount; Sancho, Kane (Calvert-Lewin 73), Sterling (Rashford 65)

Semi-finals

Tuesday 6 July

SF1: Italy vs Spain (21:00, London)

Wednesday 7 July

SF2: England vs Denmark (21:00, London)

Rest days on 8, 9, 10 July

Final

Sunday 11 July

Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (21:00, London)

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