Euro 2020 Daily Wrap: Denmark And England Book Semi-Final Date At Wembley

The Czech Republic and Ukraine were sent packing as the final four was confirmed
22:55, 03 Jul 2021

England's thumping 4-0 victory over Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome rounded out the semi-final picture at Euro 2020, with Denmark also making it into the final day on a memorable Saturday of European Championship football..

England reach second consecutive major semi-final

For only the second time ever, England have reached a second straight semi-final after beating Ukraine 4-0 in Rome. Harry Kane scored either side of a Harry Maguire header to put Gareth Southgate's side in control, and substitute Jordan Henderson added the Three Lions' fourth midway through the second half. They have made it to the last four without conceding a goal, becoming the first team in Euro history to keep five consecutive clean sheets.

Kane Peaking At The Right Time As England Storm To Last Four
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Denmark continue to astound the continent

When Denmark was asked to complete their fixture against Finland following the collapse of Christian Eriksen three weeks ago, it seemed impossible that they would be able to overcome such an experience to seriously compete at Euro 2020. Their subsequent 1-0 defeat to Finland and the 2-1 reverse to Belgium which followed suggested their stay in the tournament may be a short one.

But what has followed has captured the hearts of a continent. A 4-1 win over Russia sent them through to the last 16 from an even group, and their 4-0 demolition of Wales proved that the experience in Copenhagen had brought the unit closer together. On Saturday they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 to reach the semi-finals thanks to goals from Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg, with Patrik Schick's fifth goal of the competition proving only a consolation.

Who could possibly want them not to go on and complete an extraordinary story by winning the whole lot?

The Fairytale Continues For Delightful Denmark
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Italy confirm Achilles rupture for Spinazzola

The Italian FA confirmed on Saturday that Leonardo Spinazzola ruptured his Achilles tendon in Friday night's quarter-final win over Belgium, ruling the Roma left-back out of action for a period of some months.

Spinazzola had been one of the stand-out stars of Euro 2020 so far, with Italy head coach Roberto Mancini saying immediately after the match that he and the whole country were "distraught" for the full-back. And the FIGC confirmed on Saturday that there was a complete rupture of Spinazzola's Achilles, with president Gabriele Gravina adding: “I felt very sorry for Spinazzola, because he had been giving so much to this team. I wish him the best of luck for a quick return, because not only is he a great professional, but he has also shown great personal qualities.”

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