Euro 2020 Semi Finals & Beyond – How it Happened

Euro 2020 Semi Finals & Beyond – How it Happened

Euro 2020 HeaderThe Euro 2020 semifinals treated fans to some thrilling viewing with England, Spain, Italy and Denmark all vying for a place in the final at Wembley on the 11th of July.

Fixtures – When They Happened:

  • Tuesday 6th of July, at Wembley Stadium at 8pm GMT – Italy vs Spain
  • Wednesday 7th of July, at Wembley Stadium at 9pm GMT – England vs Denmark

England vs Denmark:

England headed into their semi final clash with Denmark  following a 4-0 victory against Ukraine, with goals from Kane, Maguire, and Henderson. The England side have managed not to concede a goal throughout the tournament so far, making EURO history. As a result of this, English keeper Jordon Pickford is now guaranteed to the Golden Glove.

Denmark remained a strong side, despite the unfortunate health problems faced by Christian Eriksen, claiming their semi final spot by beating the Czech Republic in a 1-2 victory on Saturday. With renewed strength and passion following Eriksens collapse, Denmark proved a stern test for England , ultimately succumbing to a penalty in extra-time.

England and Denmark have faced each other 21 times on the international stage, with England claiming 12 wins – now 13, along with 5 draws and 4 losses including a 0-1 defeat on 14 October 2020 in the UEFA Nations League.

Italy vs Spain:

Italy secured their position in the final of the European Championships by beating Spain, however it wasn’t easy for the number 1 FIFA ranked nation, who had only conceded a single goal prior to facing the Spanish. In fact it was penalties which eventually separated the two sides with the Italians holding their nerve to emerge 4-2 winners.

Odds and predictions for the final:

England are still locked in as the bookies favourite after the explosive victory over Ukraine followed by a professional dispatch of a spirited Danish side. However, Italy’s odds for victory are not too far behind with some bookies pricing them as short as 19/10 to win in normal time at Wembley on Sunday.

The England side have continued to go from strength to strength throughout the tournament, seemingly improving and gaining attacking confidence every game.

Who will lift the trophy? Here’s the latest Bet365 odds:

At Bet365 multiple markets are offered for the Euro 2020 final. The most interesting of course being the odds to lift the trophy. The betting markets appear quite volatile with Italy’s odds shortening.

  • England – 16/9
  • Italy – 28/13

With this thrilling tournament drawing to a close, it certainly is wide open for either side to emerge victorious this coming Saturday. This is clearly demonstrated with such close odds from the bookmakers such as Bet365.

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European Championships by beating Spain, however it wasn’t easy for the number 1 FIFA ranked nation, who had only conceded a single goal prior to facing the Spanish. In fact it was penalties which eventually separated the two sides with the Italians holding their nerve to emerge 4-2 winners.

Our Conclusion

 Home advantage seems to be playing a clear role for this young England side. Assembled and directed by Gareth Southgate they have appeared cool, collected and at times clinical in the past few weeks, without ever really having to get out of 2nd gear. Denmark were by far their sternest test to date but Sunday will no doubt require a further step up if they are going to outmanoeuvre an experienced Italian side who are used to winning football matches & ultimately tournaments. England will also be hoping that a largely inexperienced side will not be overawed by the occasion. Over 22,000,000 people watched the final on ITV in England on Wednesday night, this figure is sure to be eclipsed on Sunday night and whilst manager Gareth Southgate has tried to shield his players throughout the tournament, surely pressure & expectation will weigh hugely on the shoulders of this England side. How they manage said pressure will decide the result in our opinion.