Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The English national team won the fourth group of the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020) by defeating its Czech counterpart 1-0 today, Tuesday, at Wembley Stadium, at the end of the group stage activities.
The England team owes this victory to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, who scored the decisive goal in the 12th minute.
England topped the group with seven points, Croatia finished second with four points, ahead of the third-placed Czech Republic, with one point after losing to Croatia 1-3 in the last match in the group stage.
England started their campaign in the group stage by defeating Croatia 1 / zero and then drawing with Scotland 0-0. The Czech team started its journey by winning against Scotland 2 / zero and then tied with Croatia 1 / 1.
Only two minutes after the start of the match, Raheem Sterling almost opened the scoring for England after receiving a pass from Luke Shaw inside the penalty area to shoot over Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaslik, but the ball hit the left post.
The 12th minute came to witness England’s first goal, signed by Sterling, after receiving a pass from Jack Grealish to head home from close range into the net.
With the passage of time, the English national team completely controlled the course of the game and put its Czech counterpart under constant pressure without any reaction at all on the part of the opposing team.
Harry Kane missed an opportunity for England in the 26th minute after receiving a wonderful long pass from Harry Maguire inside the penalty area to manipulate the Czech defense and hit a powerful ball with his right foot, but Vaslik saved him brilliantly.
Thomas Hulch almost equalized for the Czechs in the 27th minute through a missile shot from outside the penalty area, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pushed the ball away with his fingertips to a corner kick.
The Czech team missed an opportunity in the 35th minute after a quick attack that reached Tomas Sosek on the edge of the penalty area to hit a powerful ball that went right along the English goal.
England responded with a quick attack that ended with a creeping shot from Luke Shaw, but the ball touched the foot of one of the defenders before Vaslik narrowly pushed it away to a corner kick.
Nothing new happened during the last minutes, as the first half of the match ended with the England team advancing with a Sterling goal.
With the start of the second half, Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy made his first changes by dropping Peter Sevczek instead of Jakub Yankto, and England coach Gareth Southgate responded by taking out Declan Rice and pushing Jordan Henderson.
And the first ten minutes of the second half passed without any significant chances on the two goals, with the preference tending relatively in favor of the England team.
Selhavy made two changes, with Adam Hluzik and Alex Krall coming in, and Lucas Masopust and Vladimir Darida leaving.
Southgate responded by making two changes as well, with Judd Bellingham and Marcus Rashford replacing Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling.
And the situation continued as it was, as the play was confined to the middle of the field without any efforts from the English team to score the second goal, as well as without any attempts from the Czech team to equalize the result.
The Czech team made its fourth substitutions, with Thomas Bekhart coming in instead of Patrick Chic, and then England made its fourth change, with Tyron Mings coming in instead of John Stones.
Substitute Beckhart came close to scoring the equalizer for the Czechs six minutes before the end with a surprising shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball went just in line with the English goal.
The referee canceled a goal scored by Jordan Henderson for England in the 86th minute for offside.
In the final moments of the match, every fifth team made a change, as the Czech coach pushed Matej Vedra instead of Thomas Holz, and England responded by involving Jadon Sancho instead of Bukayo Saka.