Euro 2020 (Semi-finals)
Germany made light work of Russia as they ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley on Tuesday evening. The former winners, back in 1996 at the old Wembley stadium, looked comfortable throughout although didn’t establish a lead until the 67th minute. Just 5 minutes later it was doubled, however, and the result was put beyond doubt in the 94th minute with a 3rd goal in a game in which the Germans dominated throughout. Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev was unable to prevent his side falling to defeat, coming on as a sub just after the first goal went in.
The following evening the stadium was once again full as Spain faced Denmark in the second semi-final clash, both sides having previously won the competition since 1992. Again, as with the previous evening, a cagey first half saw neither side make the breakthrough, before finally 10 minutes into the second period Spain took the lead. A deep cross from Isco was missed by Nelsson, and Atlético striker Álvaro Morata was on hand to head home from range.
In a bizarre twist of fate, the Danes found themselves 2-0 down just 8 minutes later. Having benefitted from an own goal themselves in the quarter finals against Sweden, this time they were on the receiving end, and bizarrely it was a Valencia full-back again causing the problems as Spanish left-back José Gayà broke into space before delivery a superb ball towards the front post. Lyon defender Joachim Andersen tried to clear with Morata lurking, but only succeeded in slicing the ball into his own net from close range. Club colleagues Daniel Wass and Carlos Soler were both unused substitutes in the semi-final encounter.
Spain and Germany will now return to Wembley on Sunday to square off in a repeat of the 2008 final, which the Spaniards won 1-0 in Vienna thanks to a goal from Fernando Torres.Share this: