The quarter-final draw is almost defined, the last two round of 16 remain: at the Europeans the day of the noble challenge between England and Germany and the least predictable between Sweden and Ukraine. At 6 pm we start with the remake of the 1966 World Final, Southgate against Low. In the evening, at 21, Shevchenko’s national team will be on the field against the one that won group E.
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England-Germany (6 pm, direct Sky 201)
England (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Foden, Grealish, Sterling; Kane.
Germany (3-4-3): newer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Goretzka, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Muller, Gnabry.
England Germany is worth a final and not a cliché. Because history says so – not just football – and because the Euro 2021 scoreboard, on that side, looks like a highway for who will win tonight.
Rivalry has ancient roots but what matters is the future. There is the best youth: Foden, Saka, Sancho, Bellingham, Musiala, Havertz, San. They are also the protagonists of incredible stories: Musiala a German with an English passport, Havertz gave the Champions League to Chelsea, Jadon Sancho is waiting to be brought back home thanks to the 90 million euros that Manchester United has offered to Borussia Dortmund.
The British would like to agree with the Lightning Seeds, those of Football’s coming home: if their national team reaches the bottom they will have played six games out of seven at Wembley. A nice plus. They fear for Lineker’s law: Soccer 22 men chasing a ball for 90 minutes and in the end Germany wins.
England have not beaten the Germans in a straight match since the 1966 World Cup final: the 4-2 with the goal not a goal. Then came the losses on penalties in Italy ’90 and Euro 1996 (it was the coach Southgate who missed the decisive penalty) and the 1-4 in the round of 16 in South Africa 2010.
Southgate, thus, tried the exorcism: The past does not matter: my players know what happened, but they live only in the present and will not be influenced. Against Germany we can write history. He does not know if he will be able to count on Mount and Chilwell, who have passed from Covid-19 isolation: I have to see how they are psychologically. He hopes Harry Kane, who hasn’t scored so far, will finally unlock.
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One not predestined
Germany did not convince and coach Low will be replaced by Flick at the end of the tournament. In the last training session, Rudiger and Gundogan met again, although the midfielder should give way to Leon Goretzka, who was the hero of the final draw against Hungary who prevented Germany from being eliminated. Goretzka also became the symbol of progressive German fans for the anti-Orbn statements and for the heartfelt cheering in front of the Hungarian curve, which throughout the match had sang homophobic chants against the opposing players.
Kane and Neuer will wear a rainbow-colored armband. Both teams are likely to kneel before the kick-off, according to the Black Lives Matter procedure. You may like it or not, but the world goes on. At least for men (and footballers) of good will.
Sweden-Ukraine (9 pm, direct Rai1 e Sky 201)
Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelf, Danielsson, Augustinsson; S. Larsson, Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Kulusevski, Isaac.
Ukraine (4-3-3): Buschchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Shaparenko.
Spain saved him with a 5-0 win against Slovakia which allowed Ukraine to be fished out of the top third. Andriy Shevchenko plays a lot, if not all, in the eighth final against Sweden tonight in Glasgow (ore 21 Rai 1 and Sky).
The former AC Milan striker was heavily criticized after the defeat against Austria. Sweden is very organized, physically strong and hardly ever loses individual and aerial duels, Sheva points out. The coach can cling to an important precedent, one of the last matches that saw him as a protagonist with the jersey of his national team: Ukraine-Sweden, Euro 2012, won 2-1 thanks to a brace after Ibrahimovic’s initial advantage. A victory that many in Kiev hope will also inspire today’s talents, Zinchenko, Malinovski and Yarmolenko above all. It was the West Ham winger who asked for more understanding and support from the fans: We can only agree with some criticisms. But I want to ask everyone to bring a little more positivity, despite everything, we have reached the knockout stage.
To direct the game will be the Italian referee Orsato. The Swedish coach Janne Andersson, on the other hand, must beware of criticisms at home, those of his wife Ulrika. I am never happy with my changes, she always says that I do them too late. Sweden, however, surprisingly won Group E and the favorite side.
June 29, 2021 (change June 29, 2021 | 09:27)
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