England oust Germany, enter quarters

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Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane struck late goals as England reached the Euro 2020 quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.

This is England’s first knockout victory over their old rivals since the 1966 World Cup final.

England will play Ukraine in Glasgow, in the last eight.

Southgate’s decision to play a five-man defence and two holding midfielders was a cautious one, but England started the game brightly.

Sterling tested Neuer in the 16th minute, cutting in from the left flank and unleashing a shot towards the far corner which the Germany keeper did well to keep out.

Germany were also enjoying plenty of possession in midfield as England was sitting deep.

There was a direct threat when Havertz slipped a ball through to Timo Werner which Pickford was quick to smother.

Things started going England’s way with the entry of Aston Villa wizard, Jack Grealish.

Six minutes after Grealish came on, he was involved in a flowing passing move.

He gave the ball to left wing back Luke Shaw who deftly slipped the ball across the face of the goal for Sterling to slide in his third goal in four Euro 2020 games.

Once again, Grealish was the direct provider for the second goal, crossing from the left for captain Kane to beat keeper Manuel Neuer with a stooping header.

England Lineup

Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Phillips, Rice, Saka, Sterling, Kane. 

Subs: Ramsdale, Johnstone, Mings, Coady, James, Bellingham, Mount, Henderson, Grealish, Foden, Rashford, Sancho.

Germany Lineup

Neuer, Kimmich, Rudiger, Ginter, Hummels, Gosens, Goretzka, Kroos, Havertz, Muller, Werner.

Subs: Leno, Trapp, Halstenberg, Volland, Gnabry, Musiala, Süle, Neuhaus, Sané, Gündogan, Can, Koch