Euro 2020: What To Watch On Saturday As England Look To Qualify For The Semi-Finals

Saturday sees the last of Euro 2020's quarter-finals, including England vs Ukraine and Czech Republic vs Denmark
23:55, 02 Jul 2021

With the dust settling (if that is at all possible?) on England’s triumphant round of 16 victory over Germany at Wembley Stadium, the Three Lions now re-enter the fray for their quarter-final clash with Ukraine in Rome.

The other quarter-final takes place in Baku as England’s fellow Group D side Czech Republic face a revitalised Denmark. With the final appearing closer, all sides will be pumped up for their respective fixtures as of course, in the beautiful game, anything can happen. Here is all the action to catch on Saturday.

Czech Republic v Denmark (17:00, ITV1)

After dismantling Frank De Boer’s Netherlands regime, the energetic Czech Republic will be hoping to maintain their incredible form when they face Denmark at the Baku Olympic Stadium. 

Patrik Schick has continued his goalscoring form and clearly is not shying away from his responsibilities for the team. The Bayer Leverkusen man is just one goal behind leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted five times before the reigning champions were eliminated.

The Czech Republic cannot solely rely on Schick to deliver for them in this tie and his teammates will also need to contribute and pull together if they are to book their place at Wembley Stadium for the semi-finals.

Patrik Schick
Patrik Schick

They will be full of confidence after their 2-0 victory over the Oranje in the round of 16, but need to be wary of the threat Denmark possess, which has been showcased in their last two matches. Following two defeats in the opening two games, Denmark’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages were slim and yet they thumped Russia to achieve the impossible and they backed it up with a convincing thrashing of Wales in the last-16 too.

They have proved they have quality across the pitch and they will collectively need to step up if this excellent tournament renaissance is to continue.

Ukraine v England (20:00, BBC One)

Andriy Shevchenko’s side left it late against Sweden but they managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals with a late header at the end of extra-time to avoid what would have been a very nervy penalty shoot-out. 

Ukraine will need to be alert as, in England, they are facing one of the strongest sides in the tournament and with a few injury concerns, their task will not be any easier. They will look to Andriy Yarmolenko who has been their main attacking threat but he will face a tough test on the right-flank against Luke Shaw.

The Three Lions have shown themselves to be the side that no one wants to face. They did not lose a single game in the group stage, they comfortably beat Germany on Tuesday, but most importantly they have not conceded a single goal so far. ​​​​​​​Gareth Southgate has done brilliantly so far, as his defenders look well-drilled and excellently organised, while Jordan Pickford has been fantastic when he has been called into action.

England defenders Harry Maguire And John Stones
England defenders Harry Maguire And John Stones

After a rough game against Scotland and a seemingly negative set-up against Germany, Southgate has once again proved why he is the England boss and that his decisions are fully-warranted. He has reinvigorated Raheem Sterling after a disappointing season domestically and the winger has been the main man in the Euros so far. 

It will be interesting to see how England fare away from Wembley for the first time this tournament, but with the way the players performed on Tuesday, they will be confident they can beat any side put in front of them right now.

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