Italy has set a new record with the most consecutive victories at a European Champions Belgium 2-1 in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, Italy has set a record for the most consecutive victories in European Championship qualifiers and finals tournaments with a combined 15 wins in a row.
Germany’s previous record set back in Euro 2012 qualifiers and tournament has them winning all of their 10 qualifying matches adding to that another four victorious in the following tournament co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, eventually losing to the Italians in the semi-finals of 2012.
Italy end Belgium’s hopes of a major trophy
Italy’s run began in March 2019, an incredible string of performances that has continued into the latter stages of Euro 2020 and now many peoples favourites to lift the trophy at Wembley. Belgium were another side that had also won 14 matches since the qualifiers, but the Italians ended their run after the 2-1 win in Munich, last night.
A shootout win for Spain after struggling to beat a resolute ten man Switzerland during normal time, will see Italy much the fancied team to progress now through to the final after another convincing performance against Belgium. With England set to face Ukraine this evening and Denmark facing off against Czech Republic in the earlier quarter final, Italy can watch on knowing they have the quality and with this unbeaten run, the confidence to go all the way. For the remaining sides even if they play to their best, the prospect of potentially facing this Italian side in the final looks very ominous.
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England face dark horses Ukraine in quarter final showdown
The quarter-final match between England and Ukraine will see the two nations face off against each other for the first time since 2013, when they played out an uneventful 0-0 draw in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. In terms of head-to-head meetings, England have lost just one of their last six meetings.
The news from the English camp is that both Declan Rice and Kieran Trippier are undergoing treatment on knocks from the win over Germany and will face late fitness tests as Southgate may look to rotate his squad slightly with a short turnaround time should they progress. Fresh legs could be key with Ukraine having played an extra thirty minutes of mentality exhausting extra time before eventually beating Sweden.
Several players are on bookings too and picking up another caution would mean missing the semi-final through suspension for the likes of Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Harry Maguire and Phil Foden. Gareth Southgate could switch back to a 4-3-3 system having set up with three at the back in the win against Germany. There could be recalls to the starting lineup for Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Jordan Henderson and as Southgate looks to avoid suspensions and fatigue.
Ukraine have scored six goals this summer, and the danger man Andriy Yarmolenko, 31 has had a direct hand in four of the goals, scoring twice in the process. He is carrying a small knock but England will need to be wary if the pacey forward does start. However, one player who could look to take advantage of Yarmelenko’s lack of defensive cover for his fullback, is England’s man of the moment, Rahim Sterling, who has now scored 17 goals in all for his country. He has been integral to Gareth Southgates attack and will be confident of adding to his tournament tally of three goals.
Score Prediction: Ukraine 0-1 England (Sterling)