England was up against Germany at Wembley Stadium in London today. This time in the European Championship, it was the round of 16, although there had been several other significant ones in the past. The 1966 World Cup final saw England defeat West Germany in extra time for the country’s biggest soccer victory. The West Germans, on the other hand, triumphed 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 1972 European Championship and then won on penalties in the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship. The first match of the day took place at Wembley Stadium.
England taught Germany a lesson in merciless finishing, converting both of its actual chances in the Euro 2020 last-16 match to break a decades-long inferiority complex against its old, historic adversary. Germany hadn’t lost a knockout match to England in a major international competition since the 1966 World Cup final, but Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scored in the second half to give England a 2-0 triumph and a place in the quarterfinals.
England advanced to the quarter-finals of the European Championship with a two-over none win against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. In the last eight, England will face either Sweden or Ukraine, who will clash later on Tuesday in Glasgow. As tight as this match was and arguably the most striking feature was that, despite having two head coaches at opposite ends of the experience spectrum, both spent more time trying not to lose than attempting to win it.
It was England’s first knockout stage victory at the Euros in under 90 minutes, and it occurred after midfielder Jack Grealish came on in the 69th minute. After a quick passing play, left wing-back Luke Shaw slipped the ball across the face of the goal for Sterling to sneak in six minutes later. Grealish set up Kane for England’s second goal, crossing from the left for the striker to beat Manuel Neuer with a stooping header. Earlier, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford did brilliantly to deny Timo Werner before tipping over Kai Havertz’s stinging effort. Mats Hummels denied Kane with a last-ditch clearing shortly before halftime on the opposite end. The victory is indeed a great morale booster for England.