Euro 2020: England beat Czech Republic 1-0

Czech Republic vs England UEFA EURO 2020 preview
Czech Republic vs England

LIVE: Czech Republic v England – Raheem Sterling’s second goal of Euro 2020 saw England beat the Czech Republic to win Group D and set up a last-16 tie against France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary at Wembley.

Sterling hit the post inside the first two minutes with a lob but was on the scoresheet soon afterwards when he headed in a cross by Jack Grealish, who marked his first start at the tournament with an assist.

The Czechs expected a tough challenge and it came. They were not able to prevent the early goal, which gave England all the confidence and fluency. However, Silhavy’s side never gave up in this tough preparation for their round of 16 match. Still, this was a very tricky group and they managed to qualify ahead of the final match.

England top Group D! They’ve made it through without conceding a goal, and will welcome the runners-up of Group F to Wembley next Tuesday evening! France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary await.

90 min: There will be three added minutes. “Poor Scotland,” sighs Mary Waltz. “As the fog and rain gathers around Scottish hearts everywhere, at least they avoided the ignominy of being scoreless for the entire tourney. Weak gruel but it’s something.” Yes. Scotland have suffered more painful exits, too. And there’s always next year!

88 min: The home fans are in party mode. England are so close to winning Group D and staying at Wembley. The Czechs are offering nothing.

86 min: For a second, it looks as though Jordan Henderson has finally scored his first goal in an England shirt. He latches onto a Bellingham prod down the inside-right, stabbing home from six yards, but the flag goes up, correctly, for offside. He was miles off.

84 min: Pekhart swivels on the edge of the England box and rasps a low drive inches wide right. Then a couple of changes: Vydra comes on for Holes, while the excellent Saka makes way for Sancho.

83 min: The England fans are enjoying Scotland’s demise. A blast of Daydream Believer.

75min: England have at least halted some of the momentum Czech Republic were building – still no sign of them scoring a goal though. Czech Republic make their third change as Tomas Pekhart replaces Patrik Schick.

Starting line-ups

Czech Republic: Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Boril; Soucek, Holes; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick

Misses next match if booked: Boril, Hlozek, Masopust

England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Saka, Grealish, Sterling; Kane
Misses next match if booked: Foden

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