With Euro 2020 winding down into its final three games, here’s a summary of the tournaments quarter-finals played out – focusing on the roles of the Chelsea players involved.
July 2nd 2021 – Switzerland vs Spain (César Azpilicueta).
After scoring 10 goals in their previous two games, Spain were heavy favourites going into their quarter-final clash with Switzerland.
Saying that, the Swiss were carrying some momentum of their own having beaten World Champions France in the previous round. Vladmir Petković side have never got past the final eight, and were hoping to power past Spain to create some history of their own.
After scoring last time out, Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta was awarded with a third consecutive start. After taking an early lead in St Petersburg, Luis Enrique’s side ended up drawing 1-1 with 10-men Switzerland – before eventually winning the tie through penalties.
Result: Switzerland 1-1 Spain (1-3 on penalties).
Next game: Italy (Tuesday July 6th, 8pm).
July 2nd 2021 – Belgium (Michy Batshuayi) vs Italy (Emerson, Jorginho).
The standout game of the last eight was the following game, as former Premier League managers Roberto Martínez and Roberto Mancini took it to the pitch in Munich.
Despite having some injury concerns heading into the clash, the Red Devils were boosted by the return of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
However, the Belgians were up against a tough task in Italy, who proved to be too much as they took control in a 2-1 victory at the Allianz.
Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute for Belgium, whilst Jorginho started once again for Italy. Blues defender Emerson was also called into action from the bench, replacing the injured Leandro Spinazzola.
Result: Belgium 1-2 Italy.
Next game: Spain (Tuesday July 6th, 8pm).
July 3rd 2021 – Czech Republic vs Denmark (Andreas Christensen).
After enduring a tough start to the competition, the Danes have bounced back to earn a spot in the latter stages of the competition.
However, their opponents too arrived in good form. Czech Republic have been a surprise team for many, with striker Patrik Schick leading the line for Šilhavý’s side.
For Denmark, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was awarded a place in the starting eleven once again. The Danes continued to look strong, booking a place in the semi-finals following another impressive performance.
Result: Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark.
Next game: England (Wednesday July 7th, 8pm).
July 3rd 2021 – Ukraine vs England (Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount).
The final game of the quarter-finals was England’s trip to Rome, where Southgate’s side took on Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine.
After a steady start, the Three Lions were hoping to continue their excellent form, with a place in the tournament’s final four on the line. With the likes of France, Germany and Portugal already eliminated, England saw the game as a huge opportunity to make a mark on the competition.
In emphatic style, Southgate’s side tasted victory at the Stadio Olimpico – confirming a place for Wednesday’s semi-final.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount started for England, with both Reece James and Ben Chilwell not called upon for the fixture.
Result: Ukraine 0-4 England.
Next game: Denmark (Wednesday July 7th, 8pm).
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).