Two contrasting games.
England 2 vs. 0 Germany
Wembley stadium was electric, celebrities were all over the stands as everyone had come out to watch this game between two historic rivals. Though as is the case with all England games it was a snooze fest. The first half saw a few chances with Werner testing Pickford and Kane going close while Sterling also drew a save from Neuer but apart from that it was 0-0 going into the 2nd half. The game only lit up when Grealish came on in the 2nd half as he added some flair to England’s team. The first goal came in the 75th minute as some nice play down the left by Shaw and Grealish found Sterling who tapped England into the lead. Germany had a brilliant chance to equalise soon after but Muller scuffed his shot wide of the post. Kane made it 2 in the 86th minute with the assist again coming from the left as England finally beat Germany at Wembley in the 8th attempt. England are by far the most boring team left in the tournament but they are hashing out results and until they are winning no one will complain. Low’s time as Germany manager comes to an end it’s been an incredible era that spanned 15 years and he can hold his head up high. The Germany squad is young and Flick will get them firing for the upcoming tournaments. Southgate hopefully releases the shackles for the games ahead.
Sweden 1 vs. 2 Ukraine
This was a far better game and more entertaining. Zinchenko gave Ukraine the lead in the 27th minute after a brilliant cross from Yarmolenko. Forsberg equalised for Sweden right before half time with a deflected shot. The 2nd half saw Forsberg hit the post twice while Ukraine also hit the post but neither team could break the deadlock. The game went into extra time and it looked like it was heading for penalties but Dovbyk scored in the 121st minute to send Ukraine through to the quarter’s and break Swedish hearts. Sweden have played well in this tournament and have an interesting squad that will improve with experience. Ukraine have been on the track of improvement year on year under Shevchenko and they do it once again reaching their first quarter’s. Big step for Ukraine.