With a fresh air of proclamation, can England finally dream on? Is football really coming home? Well today’s round of 16 was a testament to giant leap in that direction, as England finally put behind the ghost of the past anguish and bereavement, of all the heartbreaks of culminated over the years with a historic victory over Germany. The English knights finally conquered and trampled over the German giants, under a bright afternoon sunshine inside the majestic Wembley.
Sterling tapped in home from an inch perfect low cross from Luke Shaw, who has survived the horrible tenure during his double fracture and Jose Mourinho to spread his wings and fly, before Harry Kane headed from close range from a Jack Grealish cross as England heads into the quarter final.
Let’s look into some interesting statistics and records from the game.
England’s first knockout stages win in normal time
This is the first time England has won a European Championship game within the 90 minutes. A fascinating, yet hardly believable stat, England had managed to reach semi-finals in 1996, but they beat Spain on penalties in the quarter finals. [via Squawka Football].
“You shall not pass!” says Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford has answered his doubters over questions with who should start in the EURO 2020 with marvellous performances. From stopping a Timo Werner attempt to coming up with a marvellous save in answer to a stinging volley from Kai Havertz, Jordan Pickford is yet to conceded in this EURO 2020. [via Squawka Football]
A good omen reminiscing of a glorious past
This is the second time England has managed to keep a clean sheet in all their first four games at a major tournament. The last time they did so? They went on to win the World Cup in 1966. [via Opta Joe]
In company of erstwhile greats to represent the Three Lions
Harry Kane scored his first goal at the EURO 2020 at it could not have come at a more crucial time in a very crunch match with high stakes. He has now equalled Wayne Rooney’s number of goals in a major tournament for England with 7 goals. Only Gary Lineker with 10 goals and Alan Shearer with 9 goals have scored more than him. [via Opta Joe]
Omnipresent in the German ranks- Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller may have disappointed the German fans with a glorious chance wasted to level the match, for someone who rarely has trouble hitting the back of the net. He however has set and matched the record by Mesut Ozil of appearing in 26 consecutive matches for Germany at a major tournament. Muller has scored all important goals for Germany throughout his illustrious career and we just hope this miss is not what he is remembered for. [via Opta Joe]
Wembley- the Mecca of English football
The stadium of Wembley is associated with the holy grail of football particularly for English football. The magnificent stadium has witnessed some of the greatest fixtures in the history of football. Today’s match was England’s 300th international match at Wembley. England has won 187 times at this ground and has remained unbeaten in all of the 14 EURO and World Cup matches played here. [via Opta Joe]