Euro 2020: England cruises over Ukraine to reach the semifinals, Kane scored twice

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England crushed Ukraine 4-0 in Euro 2020 on Saturday, advancing to their first European Championship semi-final since 1996 and setting up a match against Denmark.

After four minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, the England captain raced onto a Raheem Sterling through ball to score the opening goal from close range, England’s first goal in a Euros competition since 2004. As Ukraine’s resistance fell, Harry Maguire headed home a second less than a minute into the second half, and Kane shortly nodded in his side’s third.

England’s smooth journey into the final four was clinched by substitute Jordan Henderson’s first international goal. After defeating the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku, Gareth Southgate’s team will meet Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday for a place in the final. find out more

By the time England took the lead with a well-executed play, the crowd had barely settled in their seats. Sterling cut in from the left flank and played a through ball into a pocket of space behind the defence for Kane to gallop through and score neatly.

Before halftime, England’s Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho both had efforts saved by Georgiy Bushchan after Kyle Walker gave the ball away in midfield and Roman Yaremchuk sprinted through to draw a good save from Jordan Pickford from a close angle.

After the break, England flexed their biceps and, with the help of two magnificent assists from Luke Shaw, ended the game as a contest within five minutes of the resumption.

In the first minute of the second half, the left-back blasted a free-kick onto Maguire’s head for a close-range finish, then guiding a superb delivery into Kane for a straightforward close-range header four minutes later.

Kane was denied a hat-trick when his vicious drive was palmed away by the diving Bushchan, putting him level with Alan Shearer as England’s second-highest scorer at major championships with nine goals, behind Gary Lineker’s ten. When Ukraine failed to deal with a set-piece delivery, England made it four when Henderson nodded in from six yards for his first goal for his country in his 62nd appearance.