England hosts previous rivals Germany at Wembley on this Euro 2020 Spherical of 16 video games had begun a serious worldwide match with three clean sheets for the primary time since 1966 (W2, D1). Coincidentally, that was the final time they beat Germany/West Germany in a knockout match (Euros or World Cup), with two of the three subsequent defeats coming through the dreaded penalty shootout, together with one in London at Euro ‘96.
Encouragingly, the ‘Three Lions have received eight of their final 9 matches (D1), with the final 4 victories coming through a 1-0 scoreline – by which additionally they beat Germany in a Euro 2000 group sport. They didn’t concede earlier than HT throughout that sequence while curiously six of their final eight fixtures have featured precisely one objective between the fiftieth and seventieth minute.
Curiously, that very same interval produced 5 (50%) of the final ten objectives witnessed in Germany’s matches! Inconsistent en path to the second spherical, the three-time champions struggled in opposition to France, dominated in opposition to Portugal, but wanted an 84th-minute objective to remain within the match through a draw with Hungary (W1, D1, L1).
Whereas this stage of the competitors 5 years in the past noticed a median of two.38 objectives per fixture (together with ET), this might show to be a tighter affair as three of the final 4 H2Hs witnessed beneath 1.5 objectives (W2, D1, L1). Though ‘Das Mannschaft’ netted the opener in three of these, they went behind inside 25 minutes of all three group video games so the primary objective may show pivotal, significantly as ten of their final 11 fixtures noticed the identical HT/FT end result.
Gamers to look at: Though Harry Kane is but to attain on this match, he netted a 61st-minute objective the final time England beat Germany in March 2016. One other second-half menace, Kai Havertz has scored two Euro 2020 objectives, each coming between the fiftieth and seventieth minute.
Sizzling stat: England has misplaced their final 4 Euros knockout matches regardless of netting an opener inside 5 minutes in three of them. Three defeats therein got here through a penalty shootout!
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