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The Euro 2020 Recap: Quarter-Finals

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this week’s latest action at Euro 2020. Belgium host Italy, England take on Ukraine, plus we’ll cover every other game that’s taken place during the Quarter-Finals.

Spain advance to the last four on penalties

Mikel Oyazabal has fired Spain into the next round as they earned a 3-1 penalty shootout win over Switzerland. 

The visitors went ahead after just eight minutes when Jordi Alba’s initial strike took a huge deflection off Zakaria which ended up in the back of the net before Xherdan Shaqiri levelled it up for Vladimir Petkovic’s men after he capitalised on yet another Spanish defensive error. 

Remo Freuler received a straight red card in the closing stages of normal time but despite being a man down, this didn’t stop Switzerland from surviving extra-time and taking the game to spot-kicks. 

Despite it looking like the Swiss were about to pull off another major upset after misses from both Busquets and Rodri, there were errors from Schar, Akanji and Vargas which allowed Oyazabal to seal victory for his team. 

Belgium suffer quarter-final heartbreak

Italy ran out deserved winners in what was an end-to-end tie as they beat Belgium 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. 

Roberto Mancini’s side took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Nicolo Barella latched onto the pass from Verratti to work his way past two defenders before smashing the ball into the far corner. 

Italy continued to dominate the game and got their reward just before the break after Insigne curled a magnificent long-range strike past Courtois. 

Belgium were offered a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time as they were given a penalty after Jeremy Doku was brought down inside the area by Di Lorenzo with Romelu Lukaku coolly converting the spot-kick but this was nothing more than a consolation as the visitors held on to progress to the semi-finals.

Denmark’s fairytale campaign continues following Czech win

Denmark’s impressive tournament continued as they marched on to the semi-finals following a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. 

Thomas Delaney gave the Danes the lead after just four minutes when he met the corner from Stryger Larsen to head home from close range before Kasper Dolberg doubled his side’s advantage shortly before the break when he volleyed in the brilliant cross from Joakim Maehle. 

Czech came out all guns blazing in the second half and managed to pull a goal back on 49 minutes through Patrik Schick after he collected the pass from Coufal to fire low into the bottom left-hand corner but Jaroslav Silhavy’s team failed to find an equaliser meaning they were knocked out of the tournament. 

England thrash Ukraine to book place in the semi-final

An emphatic performance from England saw them secure a place in the last four of Euro 2020 following a 4-0 victory over Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. 

The visitors opened their account after just four minutes when Harry Kane collected the through-ball from Raheem Sterling to poke his effort home from close range before Harry Maguire doubled England’s advantage shortly after the break when he met the free-kick in from Luke Shaw to head beyond the reach of Bushchan. 

Southgate’s captain Kane made it three on 50 minutes putting his header through the legs of the goalkeeper before Jordan Henderson got the fourth and scored his first-ever international goal after he met the cross in from Mason Mount to seal the win for his team. 

Confirmed semi-final fixtures

Tuesday, July 6th – Italy vs Spain

Wednesday, July 7th – England vs Denmark

Both of these matches will take place at Wembley Stadium in London and will kick off at 8 pm BST. 

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