Interestingly, during the big game between England and Germany at the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 at Wembley Stadium, England matched Germany’s 3-5-2 formation and the sides counterbalanced each other for a significant part of the first half.
The Three Lions had the first effort of note with Raheem Sterling testing Manuel Neuer from distance and Harry Maguire heading Kieran Trippier’s cross wide.
The Germans forced the best opening of the initial 45 minutes, but just for Jordan Pickford to impede Timo Werner.
The England No1’s dexterity was seen with a fine spill from Kai Havertz after the break and Gareth Southgate’s team exploited with 15 minutes to play, Sterling opening in insistently after Harry Kane and Jack Grealish had worked Luke Shaw into an intersection position down the left.
Thomas Müller hauled his work wide when he had a one-on-one against Pickford. That miss was amplified when Kane went as far as head home Grealish’s cross for the much needed win.
Splendidly, Pickford kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet, with Sterling breaking the stop with his third goal of the competition. A word too for very sub Grealish, whose ball assisted Kane with getting his first EURO goal.
Germany (Die Mannschaft) put forth a valiant effort to get at least a consolation goal, but couldn’t capitalize on their attacking potential at this competition.
After the match, England forward, Raheem Sterling said:
“We realized we expected to set a major execution in against an excellent side and I figure we did that today. We knew the force that we can play at, not a ton of groups can manage it. The two young men in midfield– Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips were class – they gobbled up ground and were only creatures in there.”
Germany goalkeeper M. Nauer also said, they had numerous chances to dominate the match but fizzled. He said:
“We had a huge chance today to get past a strong team. We failed to take this chance and are massively disappointed. It was difficult for our attackers to make something work with the long balls we sent forward. Our diagonal passes didn’t work out as well, so we couldn’t hurt England as much as we wanted to.”
Manager of the German side, Joachim Löw, said, the loss was an enormous frustration for them all, and expected to accomplish significantly more at this competition.
As per him, the confidence in his team was high. He thinks Timo Werner and Thomas Müller unfortunately couldn’t score from their odds, so it felt really downright terrible they are out of the competition.
This was the first EURO knockout match England have won without the aid of a penalty shoot-out since their third-place play-off victory over the Soviet Union in 1968.
England have never lost in the finals of a major tournament at Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lions have lost only one of their last 15 EURO final tournament matches, ignoring penalties.
Record: Sterling has scored 15 goals in his last 20 international outings for England.