As it is precisely EURO 2020, India finds no accurate chance to move with long passes or short passes for one player to another player on the spacious rectangular football field. But it remains only a thought. If Turkey comes partly among Asian countries, its poor condition on the playground can be understood through its zero points. Brush aside that it is a European extravaganza in the football arena.
England has shown its mettle by beating its strong opponent German team by a margin of two very stunning and overwhelming goals in Wembley. Meticulously, it now boasts of playing into the quarter-finals. Termed a historic victory after a gap of 55 long barren years, England will confidently tour to Rome.
Their previous fights saw Germany emphatically knock England out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, winning 4-1 in their round-of-16 showdown. It saw a goal-line controversy when Frank Lampard’s strike was not given as a goal despite replays showing it hit the bar and clearly went in.
Germany’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Hungary ensured their spot in the next round thanks to Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser to break Hungarian hearts.
It will play against its rival Ukraine in the quarter-finals on coming Saturday. How can England be a little giddy after winning a big block? It will take the battle on the football field with a real radiance of comprehensive confidence, as the game experts like to comment.
Ukraine’s players looked tired against Austria in the final group game acknowledging their exhaustion after the final whistle. Despite enjoying eight rest days before the game against Sweden, they were visibly withering towards the end of normal time. However, at the start of extra time before Sweden’s Marcus Danielson was sent off, they found renewed energy.
As regards England’s Harry Kane, it can be clarified that he looked a shadow of his active and competitive best while his goal against Germany looked like lending him a revived beginning in his fine effort.
What was wanted by the agile English footballers resulted before this game started between the two traditional rivals on the playing field. The players had promised to destroy the forward line of dragons of the past in the latest fighting for victory goals inside the football goalpost. However, the risky moments also caused dismay among the German spectators.
There also came a time when Germany missed a tough goal in the latest game at Wembley. Whatever or whatsoever, the football team that made goals comes to be ready for the next fight to move on further. At times it did feel like something had shifted, yet it was not complete without a final kick or reach.
These two countries have a long footballing rivalry. It was peaking in 1966 when England faced the then West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley. Geoff Hurst’s memorable but controversial hat-trick, in which his crucial second goal was awarded despite it widely deemed to have not crossed the goal-line, sealed the hosts’ one and only World Cup triumph.