The Euros have entered the semi-final stage, but unfortunately two Manchester City players will not be participating, however the blues still have seven representatives in the tournament, and they could meet in the final, if all goes to plan.
Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium existed at the quarter-final stage after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Italy. Roberto Mancini’s men went two goals up, but a Romelu Lukaku goal in first half injury time halved the deficit, but they couldn’t muster a second in the next 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Spain needed penalties to edge past Switzerland. Spain had taken an 8th minute lead, which was cancelled out in the 77th minute, Extra time yielded no further goals, but Spain went through on penalties. Switzerland, who put world champions France out in the last 16 on spot-kicks, but failed to replicate the feat as they missed three penalties as Spain went on to meet Italy on the last 4.
City’s England quartet faced Oleksandr Zinchenko’s Ukraine in their quarter final in Rome, and dispatched them in ruthess fashion. Raheem Sterling set up Harry Kane for the opening goal, before Harry Maguire made it 2-0 a minute after half-time. Sterling’s trickery on the edge of the box released Luke Shaw and his cross was converted by Kane in the 51st minute, before Jordan Henderson made it 4-0.
The Three Lions now face Denmark in the semi-final on Wednesday, looking to reach their first ever European Championships final, and only their second final since the 1966 World Cup.
Is football finally coming home?