London, United Kingdom ●
Tue, June 29, 2021
England can avenge decades of injuries inflicted by Germany when they face their former rivals in a successful Euro 2020 last-16 clash on Tuesday after the tournament was rocked by the stunning exit from the France.
Gareth Southgate’s side welcome Germany to Wembley at 16:00 GMT in what is England’s biggest home game in 25 years.
England beat the Germans to win the 1966 World Cup final, but their major tournament history has been littered with painful outings against them since then.
A quarter-final defeat at the 1970 World Cup ended England’s reign as champion, while the 1990 World Cup semi-final loss on penalties is still etched in the record. psyche of the country.
When England last played at home in a tournament, Southgate was the Euro 96 guy missing a crucial penalty in the semi-final loss on penalties.
There was also a heavy defeat at the 2010 World Cup, but Southgate, aware of the debilitating weight of this story, insists the draw is no chance to exorcise the ghosts of past English failures. .
Instead, he thinks it’s a chance for his players to add a memorable new chapter to their personal stories.
“This team, I’ve been saying this for a long time, has had so many unique accomplishments and I’m focused on this team and helping them succeed,” Southgate said.
“These are our players. This is their time and this is their opportunity. “
“The loser comes home”
When asked if his pain at Euro 96 would give his players extra motivation to win it, Southgate replied, “Damn it, no. I don’t think we’re going to rely on this!
“So, no, it’s about them. These are the ones who have a chance to achieve something, and certainly not for me to make any shine out of it. “
England have never won the European Championship and a win over Germany would only be their second round of 16 victory in the competition’s history.
In contrast, Germany has been crowned Kings of Europe three times, with the most recent success being in 1996.
However, Germany traveled to London in the unusual position of fearing defeat to England.
Joachim Loew’s side stumbled in the last 16 after saving a 2-2 draw against Hungary in their last group game.
Germany is not the bullying force of yesteryear, and with Loew’s resignation at the end of the tournament, a loss would signal the end of an era.
Despite winning the World Cup in 2014, Loew has come under fire for his role in a humiliating exit from the 2018 World Cup group stage and a string of poor results leading up to the Euro.
“Overall I thought about it for two seconds,” Loew said before potentially his last game.
” This is my passion. I am completely focused on the game and I hope we succeed. “
England will have the vast majority of a crowd of 40,000 by their side at Wembley and Loew expects a dizzying encounter.
“It’s a game that electrifies everyone. For both teams, it’s inside or outside, it’s now or never, the loser goes home, ”he said.
The winner will face a quarter-final in Rome against the winner of Tuesday’s draw between Sweden and Ukraine, which will be played in Glasgow.
Mbappé misses a decisive penalty
Whatever happens on Tuesday, he will struggle to live up to Monday’s drama, when world champions France suffered a resounding loss to Switzerland, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in Bucharest as Kylian Mbappe missed the vital blow.
France trailed Haris Seferovic in the first half and could have fallen further behind when Ricardo Rodriguez’s 55th-minute penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris.
French forward Kylian Mbappe reacts after missing the final penalty kick in the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 between France and Switzerland at the National Arena in Bucharest on June 28, 2021 (AFP / Franck Fife)
Karim Benzema scored twice in 244 seconds immediately after the failure to put France ahead.
Paul Pogba increased his lead with a stunning strike, but Seferovic struck again in the 81st minute and Mario Gavranovic equalized in stoppage time.
Yann Sommer was the hero of Switzerland in the shootout as the goalkeeper saved Mbappe’s penalty to seal an incredible murder of giant.
“The penalties are always cruel for a team and unfortunately it was us,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.
“We’re not used to it, but we’ll have to accept it. “
In the quarter-finals, Switzerland faced Spain, who fought back for an epic 5-3 overtime victory over Croatia after losing the advantage in Copenhagen.
Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres scored to put Spain ahead 3-1 with 13 minutes left after home side Pedri’s goal put Croatia ahead.
Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic scored in the final five minutes to force extra time, but Spain won thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal.