Quarter Finals and the rest

Switzerland went into a last eight tie with Spain bouyed after their victory against France but it started off badly for them with an own goal giving Spain the lead. They managed to equalise in the second half and then when the tied had seemed to have turned for them they had a player sent off with 13 minutes remaining. With a man less the Swiss held off the Spain attack for the rest of the regulation time and the whole of the extra-time period as well before the game went to penalties. Unfortunately for Switzerland they missed a couple of penalties and Spain were able to score most of their theirs and so Spain went through to the semi’s.

Against Belgium Italy took control of the game early scoring two goals before the break. Belgium got a goal back just after the second Italian goal but the Italians held out and there were no more additions to the score in the second half and Italy marched on and Roberto Martinez was not able to add a Euros to his star on Believe Square in Wigan town centre.

Denmark against the Czech Republic saw the Danes take the game by the scruff of the neck from the get go and took an early lead through Thomas Delaney. Kasper Dolburg doubled their lead before the break and in the second half the Czech’s tried to get back in the game and managed to get a goal back but there were unable to get the second goal they needed to take the tie to extra time and the Danes also attempted to increase their lead but, luckily for them, they did not need to as Czech Republic did not capatalise on their chances when they created them.

England v Ukraine was the game where England finally woke up in the tournament and managed to score more goals in this one game than they had over the entire tournament up to that point. They took the lead early on and didn’t add to it until just before half time. In the second half England added two more goals making it 4-0 but the game was not as one sided as it sounded like if Ukraine had took some of their chances.

In the first of the semi-finals Italy took the lead after an hour when it looked like the game would go the distance. Then it appeared that Italy might have managed to take control of the game before Spain hit back after 80 minutes. After that they basically managed to cancel each other out and the match went to penalties. Both teams did not score the first penalty but Italy went and scored the rest of theirs with Spain failing to hit the back of the net with one of theirs of Italy went through.

Denmark took the lead in the second semi final with a fine goal and England were put on the back foot before Simon Kjær put the ball in the back of his own net just before the break. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the second half but the game ended 1-1 and then in the first half of extra time Harry Kane gave England the lead and they managed to keep Denmark at bay for the rest of the match.

In the final England took an early lead and were the best team in the first half. In the second half Italy woke up and controlled the game and managed to equalise taking the match to extra time. Even after extra time there will still level so it went to penalties. Naturally England lost the game as they are want to do on penalties failing to score three out of the five so football did not come him, but it went to Rome.

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