England 2 v Germany 0: Three Lions proceed into Euro 2020 Quarter Finals

England will proceed into the quarter finals of the Euros 2020 after Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane produce two goals to beat Germany.

Sterling opened up the scoreline, on the 75th minute, as Luke Shaw crossed in a low ball into the Manchester City winger who tapped it past Germany Goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer.

Kane finally scored his first goal of the tournament, in the 86th minute, as he produced a low header to slip the ball past the German goalkeeper, after a cross from Jack Grealish.

Thomas Muller became the first player to commit a foul in the first minute as the German pushed Harry Magiure in the back and provided England with their first great opportunity. However, Shaw’s set piece was cleared away from danger.

Germany’s Leon Goretzka made an attempt on goal in the fourth minute, from long range, but it was caught with ease by England goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

Declan Rice became England’s first booking in the eighth minute, after the defender made a challenge on Goretzka, outside the box, who almost broke through the home side’s back line. Kai Havertz took the close-range free kick, but it ricocheted off the England wall.

Statistically, Germany had made the better start to the clash, in the first 10 minutes, as they obtained 64% of the ball possession – compared to England’s 36%. The visitors had also made two attempts on goal, with one on target, while the Three Lions failed to make an attempt.

Sterling forced Germany’s goalkeeper, Neuer to work in the 16th minute as he curled the ball in from outside the box, towards the right side of the net. However, the goalkeeper was able to parry it away.

Matthias Ginter was the second booking of the game in the 25th minute, and the first for Germany. This came after the Borussia Mönchengladbach defender pulled Shaw to the ground. However, only a corner resulted from the chance – which didn’t provide a result.

England were given another opportunity with a medium range free kick after Goretzka tripped Kane in the 43rd minute but Germany’s Mats Hummels cleared away the danger for a corner. Unfortunately, nothing came from the set piece that followed.

Kavlin Phillips became England’s second booking after his boot crunched into the ankle of Toni Kroos by the German technical area in the 45th minute.

England had one of their best chances as the ball bounced towards the foot of Kane, after Sterling was brought to the ground. After a touch from Kane, Hummels made a last-ditch effort and cleared away the ball from a clear goal-scoring opportunity, just before half-time.

Pickford was forced into action in the 48th minute as Havertz smashed the ball goal-wards on the half-volley, fortunately, the England goalkeeper was able to tip the ball over the crossbar. Germany weren’t able to able to convert the following set piece.

In an attempt to pick out Kane in the center of the box, Sterling crossed the ball from the left wing but it carried to much height to provide an easy catch for Neuer, in the 63rd minute.

England and Germany made their first substitutions of the game, in the 68th minute, as Timo Werner was replaced by Serge Gnabry and Bukayo Saka was replaced by Jack Grealish.

Germany’s Robin Gosens was booked in the 72nd minute after he made a late challenge on Kyle Trippier. This provided the visitors with their second booking of the game – fourth overall.

Sterling finally made a breakthrough in the 75th. The City winger passed the ball to Kane, on the edge of the box and the Tottenham striker continued to send the ball wide to Grealish and Shaw. Shaw then made a low cross into the centre of the box, from the left wing, and Sterling managed to get his foot to it and tapped it past Neuer.

Maguire became England’s third booking, in the 78th minute, as the Man United defender clipped the ankles of Joshua Kimmich on the edge of the box. However, the close-range chance came to nothing as the ball bounced off the England wall.

Muller made a breakthrough England’s back line, as Sterling gave the possession away. In a one-on-one situation, the German tried to slot it into the bottom left corner, however it rolled wide past the left goal post in the 81st minute.

Kane finally scored his first goal in the tournament, in the 86th minute. Shaw found Grealish on the left wing, who crossed the ball into the center of the box and Kane had to produce a low header to slot the ball into the right side of the net.

Jordan Henderson made his way onto the pitch and replaced Rice who looked to be hindered with an injury on the 88th minute. At the same time, Gosens and Ginther made way for Leroy Sane and Emre Can, respectively.

Muller was subbed off as the game crept into the second minute of injury time, replaced by Jamal Musiala.

Full time: England 2 – Germany 0

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