England aren’t playing particularly impressive football at this year’s event, but the calculated technique of Gareth Southgate’s players allows them to deliver the desired results. In the group stage they defeated the Czech Republic and Croatia 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Scotland, and in the 1/8 finals they eliminated Germany after winning 2-0.
England is a great team. He has a rich spare seat and an excellent coaching staff. We are aware of the difficult task ahead. It is very difficult to score a goal for this team, but its strength should not frighten us. Rather motivated, because in football, as in life, anything is possible. Ukrainian coach Andriy Shevchenko announced that we will leave our hearts on the field so that our fans have more reasons to cheer.
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In theory, it is difficult to expect that his players, who are much inferior to Germany, will be able to oppose a tactically arranged England, but Ukraine makes up for a lot with courage and flashes of ingenuity. The Netherlands saw it themselves in the group stage, losing a two-goal lead after Andrei Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk in a few minutes, despite eventually winning 3-2.
Later came Ukraine’s “mandatory” victory over debut in North Macedonia 2:1, which was somewhat disappointing but did not affect the country’s first advance to the knockout stage with a 0:1 defeat against Austria.
In the 1/8 finals, Shevchenko’s players found strength “behind” Sweden, which they won 2: 1. The decisive goal was scored in extra time in the second half of extra time. – After defeating Germany in the dressing room, we immediately started talking about Saturday. We need to renew ASAP so that we are mentally in the right place. “We know that from now on we only have enormous challenges,” Southgate said.
Ukraine coach Shevchenko, like the players of his team Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko, knows very well the realities of English football. Shevchenko played for Chelsea in 2006-08, Yarmolenko of West Ham United, and Zinchenko of Manchester City.
“I’m so happy to see my teammates, but once we’re off the field there’s no friendship…I’m looking forward to this match.” Zinchenko said: We are writing history for the whole country.
England will not have ‘walls’ behind them for the first time in this tournament. All matches so far have been played at Wembley, while you must go to Rome to meet Ukraine. If he advances, he will return to London in the semi-finals and possibly the final.
In Rome, we have to create the right climate for ourselves, and we can do that. The fans were fantastic in the match against Germany and in the group stage. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said: “We have one more motivation for Saturday’s game: to go forward and go back to the semi-finals with 60,000 fans.”
The Everton player is still undefeated at Euro 2020. – It’s very nice, but it’s not just me, it’s all 11 players. Pickford noted that everyone is working hard for these clean sheets.
The winner of Saturday’s meeting in Rome will face the best Denmark-Czech Republic in the semi-finals.
Ukraine: Heorhi Buszczan – Oleksandr Karawajew, Ilia Zabarny, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Mykola Matveyenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko – Serhiy Sedorchuk, Taras Stepanenko, Mykola Shaparenko – Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk.
Anglia: Jordan Pickford – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Bacayo Saka, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Calvin Phillips, Raheem Sterling – Harry Kane.
Judge: Felix Brych (Germany)
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