Ukraine vs England - LIVE
Harry Kane scored twice as England eased to a 4-0 victory over Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to set up a Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark on home soil.
England were riding the crest of a wave after beating Germany in the last 16 and, in their first game away from Wembley this tournament, took the lead inside four minutes when Raheem Sterling played in Kane.
That was England's earliest European Championship goal since Michael Owen against Portugal in 2004 and the Three Lions added two more quickfire goals to their tally in the first five minutes of the second half through Harry Maguire and Kane.
Substitute Jordan Henderson's first international goal gave Gareth Southgate further reason to cheer as his side kept their fifth clean sheet in a row from the start of the tournament, something only Italy have previously managed at a World Cup or Euros.
Sterling and Kane scored in England's last-16 win against Germany and the pair combined for their side's early opener in Rome, the Manchester City winger threading the ball through for his team-mate to poke past Georgi Bushchan.
England had failed to win any of the previous five European Championship games in which they had scored in the opening four minutes and they were given a warning when Jordan Pickford was tested by a Roman Yaremchuk strike.
The Three Lions continued to dominate possession but their only other on-target attempt of the first half came via a powerful Declan Rice drive that was routinely dealt with by Bushchan.
Ukraine were making just their second quarter-final appearance at a major tournament and ended the opening period on top, though they found themselves further behind 55 seconds into the second half when Maguire headed home.
Luke Shaw set up that goal and also played in the cross that Kane headed through the legs of Bushchan for England's third, effectively killing off the contest with 40 minutes to play in the Italian capital.
England continued to search for goals and Henderson, just six minutes after replacing Rice, made the most of some terrible Ukraine defending to head in a fourth for Southgate's side, who had little trouble in seeing out the win.
"Sancho is a very creative player and a incisive dribbler!"— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) July 3, 2021
Arsène Wenger is expecting England to pack the flanks against Ukraine, and explains why Jadon Sancho has got the nod ahead of Jack Grealish. #beINEURO2020 #EURO2020 #UKRENG
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Confirmation from Carrie Brown on the sides!
Team news is in! Jadon Sancho is handed his first start at Euro 2020, whilst Mason Mount returns to the side. Sako is not on the bench after suffering a knock in training.
England have stepped out in Rome!
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What about Ukraine! All eyes will be on head coach Andriy Shevchenko the legendary striker had an ill-fated time in the Premier League with Chelsea can he get some revenge tonight?
Happy to be back in Rome and playing the quarter-finals at the Olimpico Stadium… it will be a great emotion! 🏟💙💛 @EURO2020 @uafukraine 🔜 #UkraineEnglandhttps://t.co/zHuQBwJ9O4 pic.twitter.com/0437OecZx1— Andriy Shevchenko (@jksheva7) July 2, 2021
England are primed and ready to go! Will they be able to get the job done away from Wembley?
It's a hot day in Rome! England have been out early getting used to the conditions!
Our second game of the day will see Ukraine take on England in Rome! Gareth Southgate & the squad have been getting used to the conditions!@CarrieBrownTV has the latest team news from outside the Stadio Olimpico. #beINEURO2020 #EURO2020— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) July 3, 2021
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Good evening! Welcome to the live blog for Ukraine vs England. A big night in Rome, as both sides battle it out to reach the final four at Euro 2020. This is brand new territory for Ukraine who have never been to a quarter-final of a European Championships whilst England will be looking to reach a semi-final on home soil for the first time since 1966. Join me for the build-up, team news and live commentary from the game.