We’ve entered into the last stages of Euro 2020 which has been a memorable journey, with Italy facing Spain and England facing Denmark in the semi-finals.
The competition has been thrilling, with several riveting matchups. The quarter-finals were exciting, with teams putting on some outstanding displays. It took place over the previous two days, bringing with them even more action than we’ve seen thus far in the competition.
We witnessed several outstanding individual performances and on that note let’s take a look at the Best XI of the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Best XI of Euro 2020 quarter-finals
Yann Sommer would be proud of his outstanding effort against Spain. The Switzerland goalkeeper did everything he could to keep his team in the tournament, but it was unfortunate that his heroics throughout 120 minutes and the penalties weren’t sufficient to rescue the day.
Sommer was the game’s standout player making a record 10 saves and a penalty shootout save but was unlucky to be knocked out when Unai Simon saved two penalties to guide Spain through to the Semi-Finals.
England’s defense had been nearly unbreakable in the Euro 2020 and that trend continued against Ukraine in the quarter-final.
Harry Maguire preserved a clean sheet and scored a goal shortly after the half. He scored a crushing header off a corner to make it 2-0, commanded aerial balls, and also made three clearances in defense to help The Three Lions secure a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Luke Shaw was at his finest against Ukraine in England’s quarter-final match. Not only did he negate Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko’s attack, but he also contributed two assists, setting up Harry Maguire and Harry Kane early in the second half.
He was England’s finest player with precise deliveries and a great defensive performance.
Czech Republic lost 2-1 against Denmark in Euro 2020 quarter-final, although they had them on the back foot for most of the second half.
It wasn’t an easy task defending against Denmark’s left flank, but Vladimir Coufal shone with three interceptions and two crucial tackles. Even while moving forward, he made three crucial passes and assisted Patrik Schick to aid the Czechs pull off a comeback but was unfortunate to end on the losing side.
Leonardo Bonucci has faced many difficult challenges throughout his career, but none could have been more difficult than facing an in-form Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Bonucci, though, seemed undaunted by the difficulty and breezed through the challenge.
He kept showing up in the correct spot owing to his exceptional tactical awareness and he was also brilliant at passing the ball out from the back to help Italy overcome the giants Belgium.
Denmark defeated Czech Republic 2-1 thanks to a strong effort from Thomas Delaney. Delaney scored Denmark’s first goal in the fifth minute, latching onto a Stryger Larsen corner and heading in. Throughout the game, he was a persistent presence in midfield, working relentlessly.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder won more aerial duels (7) than any other player in the quarter-finals, and he was also excellent off the ball, making three interceptions and two tackles guiding Denmark through to the semi-finals.
Xherdan Shaqiri was unlucky to be on the losing team against Spain. With 20 minutes remaining, Shaqiri scored Switzerland’s equalizer, finding the back of the net with one of two attempts, and he was unlucky not to get an assist after making three important passes.
Shaqiri produced numerous chances from set-pieces, but his luck ran out as Switzerland’s Euro 2020 campaign came to an end in a tight loss.
Italy’s midfield has been nothing shy of outstanding throughout the tournament, and they were at their peak once more when they eliminated Belgium.
Nicolo Barella played a key role in the victory, displaying amazing close control to elude a couple of defenders before slamming an unstoppable goal into the far corner. He then provided a wonderful assist on Lorenzo Insigne’s goal, ensuring an overwhelming victory for Italy.
England secured a massive 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals to see themselves close towards the Euro 2020 title. Starting in his first game of the competition, Jadon Sancho displayed an impressive performance.
Sancho completed the second most dribbles (4) in the quarter-finals, while he also made a crucial tackle and an interception to help England register a comfortable victory.
It’s taken a while, but Harry Kane appears to have finally arrived at Euro 2020. Kane faltered in the group stages but came alive in the knockout rounds, scoring twice from four shots against Ukraine in the quarter-finals to bring his tournament total to three goals.
Kane also contributed to England’s 4-0 victory by winning three aerial duels and thus concluding with a brilliant performance.
Kasper Dolberg played a key role in Denmark’s 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020. The Denmark forward scored his third goal of the tournament at the brink of the first half to double the lead.
Dolberg nailed a steer into the roof of the net, tucking past Tomas Vaclik off a superb outside-of-the-boot delivery from Joakim Maehle to help Denmark advance through to the semis.
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