That'll do for today
Another incredible day of football, as England and Denmark booked their places in the semi-final.
We have a few days before Spain and Italy kickstart the semi-final round, but stay up-to-date on everything on Goal throughout the buildup to the Euros final matches.
Until next time!
'I don't want to talk about Manchester United'
Everyone knew the questions were coming, but Jadon Sancho isn't ready to talk about it.
Sancho said he isn't looking to discuss his Manchester United move as he instead is only focused on helping England seal glory this summer.
'Something special is happening'
Several former England stars were full of praise for the team after they earned their spot in the semi-final.
Shaw takes to Twitter
Southgate joins elite company
2 - Gareth Southgate will be just the second manager to take charge of England in the semi-final of both the World Cup and the European Championship, after Alf Ramsey in 1966 and 1968. Lion. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/PuVqM6RDir— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2021
Ferdinand: This feels different
Count Rio Ferdinand among the big believers in this England team.
"The scary thing for other teams is that they will be watching this performance and see there is more in the tank," he told BBC. "It is like they are purring and waiting to put their foot to the floor.
"When I look at it from a defender's perspective for an opposing team it will be difficult whoever they put out as a front three. But the most frightening thing is at 75 minutes, who is coming off the bench? Marcus Rashford? Jude Bellingham? Jack Grealish? You don't want to see that. The depth is crazy.
"This feels different [to past tournaments]. There is something here."
England fans dreaming of Euro 2020 glory
While we're not fully sure if it's coming home, we do know that England are going home for their semi-final.
Now set for a semi and a potential final at Wembley, England's fans are starting to dream of glory after seeing their team move one step closer.
A focus on set pieces
After scoring several goals from headers, Harry Maguire admitted that England have spent the last few days focusing on set pieces.
He told BBC: "We spoke about being better on attacking set-plays. We've not scored one yet. We have two tonight. It was a great ball from Luke and I got a great connection. It is nice to chip in with a goal but the main thing is the victory."
Sancho: I've always been ready
After being inserted into the lineup in place of the injured Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho says he felt more than ready to contribute.
He said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm feeling over the moon. Today was must-win and I'm just happy to have got an opportunity to play. This is a special moment for me.
"Every time I haven't been playing I've been going back to training and been giving it everything. I've just been focusing on myself while I've been at England. I've always been ready if I needed to come on."
Kane: Southgate has been brilliant
After his two-goal performance, Harry Kane was full of praise for Gareth Southgate.
“Gareth has been brilliant," he said at a post-game press conference. "He brings a real calmness and togetherness to the squad. The most important thing for him is to be together. He is a fantastic coach, has great ideas. He is an all-around great guy.”
How we got here
From one goalscorer to another...
Alan Shearer is full of praise for Harry Kane, tonight's Man of the Match after a two-goal performance.
"It is incredible the difference in Harry Kane," Shearer said on BBC One. "You can see he has a spring in his step. In the first minute of this game he picked up the ball 40 or 50 yard and pinged it and you thought, 'yes that will do'. Then he scored soon after."
A record-breaking run of clean sheets
Lampard: Time for us to get excited
Count Frank Lampard among those overjoyed with this England team.
The former midfielder said on BBC One: "We did every bit of the job right today. We ticked every box. Gareth will sit there and say, 'What an evening'.
"Now you have to fight overconfidence but now is the time for us to get excited about that and the time for them to keep their heads down and keep confident."
A goal explosion
Heading into today's game, England had just 10 shots on goal through their first four games.
Today they had four hit the back of the net..
Peaking at the right time?
FULL TIME: Ukraine 0-4 England
Sturridge chimes in
A long time coming for Henderson
By scoring his first senior England goal on his 62nd cap, Jordan Henderson has ended the longest-ever wait by a player before scoring their first goal for the Three Lions.
The previous record-holder? Sol Campbell, who scored his first in his 47th appearance.
More changes for England
He may be on a hat-trick, but Kane is coming off as Southgate looks to save him for the semis.
Calvert-Lewin replaces him for his second appearance of the tournament.
Here come the substitutes
ENGLAND SCORE FOUR!
Another goal for England and it's Jordan Henderson! His first-ever goal for England!
Ukraine have collapsed and given up another headed goal, with the Liverpool captain now flying in to score England's fourth. Great delivery from Mount, leaving Henderson with a free header.
That HAS to do it.
Shaw ties Beckham
With his assists today, Luke Shaw now has three in this tournament.
That gives him the joint-most for an England player at the Euros, tying him with David Beckham, who provided three assists at Euro 2000.
Sub for England
England in dreamland
Still plenty of game left, but what a day for England as Que Sera, Sera rings out in Rome.
Barring an epic collapse, England will once again be returning to Wembley, where Denmark will be waiting.
MAKE IT THREE!
And that just might do it.
Just moments after Maguire's goal, England have another and its Kane once again! Another headed goal from close range as Shaw loops a ball to Kane, who has a simple header from inside the six-yard box.
That makes it 3-0, and that might just be that.
Another quick one for England!
This time it's Maguire, who scores just one minute into the second half. Shaw with a fantastic ball into the box for Maguire to head home to make it 2-0.
Ukraine with it all to do now.
Second half is underway
Raheem Sterling appreciation post
And we've reached halftime!
A decent 45 minutes for England, who head to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead.
The early goal from Kane certainly set the tone, with England content to possess the ball and try to dissect the Ukraine defence.
Ukraine, meanwhile, with some good moments of their own, mostly on long balls. England will certainly need to be aware of the counter and they may need to up the tempo at some point if they want that second goal.
CHANCE FOR ENGLAND!
Shaw breaks through on the left and cuts it back towards Sancho.
The recently-signed Man Utd forward spins and fires a shot, which is saved. Assistant's flag goes up after the fact, but Shaw certainly didn't look off on replay.
An early change for Ukraine
Ukraine with a substitution inside 35 minutes as Kryvtsov is off while Tsynakov comes on.
With that, it looks like Ukraine will be going with a 4-3-3 formation from now on.
Just over the bar
Half-chance there for England on a free kick, which Kane gets a head to.
Unfortunately for him, he isn't able to keep it down as it goes over the bar. Decent look, though.
Through the first 25 minutes...
As expected, England with plenty of the ball, although the tempo hasn't quite been there.
Ukraine, though, have been a bit more threatening than England would like, especially with the long ball. Their gameplan is quite clear, and has generated one chance so far.
Player down for Ukraine
Play is briefly stopped as Ukraine player is down.
It's Matviyenko, who appears to have had his foot stepped on by Sterling as they battled for the ball.
Pickford forced into save
First real chance for Ukraine comes from a Walker giveaway. Yaremchuk gets through as he's one-on-one with Stones before firing a shot on goal.
Pickford gets a hand to it and pushes it away, but he's furious that there was a chance in the first place.
A scary stat for England
With Kane's goal, England have now scored inside the first four minutes for the sixth time in a Euros match.
Somehow, they haven’t won any of the previous five, including their loss to Iceland in 2016.
What a moment for Kane!
That was quick!
Safe to say Harry Kane's goal drought is officially OVER. The Spurs man scores inside four minutes after a lovely through ball from Raheem Sterling. Kane is just barely onside as he slides in to lift it over the goalkeeper. What a start for England!
England take the knee
It's national anthem time in Rome
'We fought like the lions on our crest'
Czech star Patrik Schick did his best to explain what went wrong for his side on Saturday.
Speaking to Ceská televize,' he said: "We made a mistake for the first goal, we doubled up on one player with Kali (Tomas Kalas), and the other remained unmarked. There was a mix-up in communication."
Vladimir Darida, the team's captain, added that he feels a sense of pride from this team given all they accomplished to make it this far.
"There is nothing we should be ashamed of," he said. "We showed good performances, fighting spirit, we fought like the lions on our crest. That was obvious in today's match also. It is a pity we could not equalise, because I believe that it would have turned our way then."
The England lineup in and, while its impossible to please everyone, there are certainly some critics out there.
The exclusion of Jack Grealish is an early talking point as Gareth Southgate has instead opted to go with Jadon Sancho on the wing.
The scenes in Denmark
Safe to say that Denmark are already looking forward to their trip to London for the semi-final.
History says there's a chance...
3 - Each of England’s previous three quarter-final matches at the European Championship have gone to extra-time & penalties – after progressing from the first of these against Spain in 1996, England lost in the shootouts against Portugal in 2004 & Italy in 2012. Nerves. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/GGJVyLEMfs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2021
What a tournament for Schick
Even in defeat, Czech Republic star Patrick Schick deserves some love for an incredible tournament.
Don't call it a comeback?
Denmark honour Eriksen with Baku brilliance
When Christian Eriksen was removed from the field in Copenhagen at the start of this tournament, shielded by his team-mates, it didn't seem so much a matter of whether his nation could respond as whether they would be able to.
Well, take a look at them now, as they celebrate wildly with the clutch of fans who have made the very long trip to join them. They have offered the greatest tribute they could to the Inter playmaker, and booked themselves into a European Championship semi-final for the first time in almost three decades.
Kasper Hjulmand looks on cloud nine. This has been a remarkable comeback - no matter the result in the semi-finals now, it deserves to go down as one of the all-time great Euro campaigns.
Against the odds?
DENMARK BEAT CZECH REPUBLIC TO REACH EURO 2020 SEMI-FINALS
FT: Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark
They've done it! The Danish dream continues!
From near-tragedy to triumph - Denmark are Euro 2020 semi-finalists! Their players punch the air. Simon Kjaer roars in celebration. The squad mobs the field.
Czech players, all around them, drop to the turf with their heads in their hands. They pushed hard in this second half, but Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg's first-half finishes are too much for them to overturn.
The Danish Dynamite are off to Wembley, to face either Ukraine or England!
Denmark closing in on history
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is gesturing wildly at the small nugget of Denmark fans here at the Olympic Stadium. They are almost over the line and they know it.
They will be the third Euro 2020 semi-finalist unless something dramatic happens in the next few seconds.
Six added minutes incoming
Those various knocks have contributed to a beefy six-minute period of injury time in Baku now.
Can the Czechs find something in the final throes of this game here?
Lineups: Ukraine v England
Czechs scrambling for final chance
Kasper Hjulmand has got his changes spot on this evening for Denmark; slowly, but surely, they have restricted the chances that the Czech Republic have been able to carve out for themselves.
They're not quite out of the woods yet, but you get the sense it will take something special to break the Danish Dynamite now.
Team News: Ukraine v England
Sancho starts for Three Lions
It is official - Jadon Sancho starts for England in Rome tonight, replacing Bukayo Saka. Mason Mount is also in for the Three Lions, as Gareth Southgate reverts to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Andriy Yarmolenko meanwhile has shaken off his knock sustained in the last-16 and is fit to start for Ukraine. Vitaliy Mykolenko is their only change, replacing Taras Stepanenko.
Denmark make final changes
Joachim Andersen and Mathias Jensen are both on for Denmark now, with Andreas Christensen and Thomas Delaney both off .
The pair have run their blood to water for the Danish Dynamite tonight.
Jensen has an immediate impact, sticking Maehle through, but he can't find a way to beat Vaclik at the near-left post.
Czechs make further changes
Patrik Schick's pursuit of a sixth goal at Euro 2020 is over for now. He's been replaced by Matej Vydra.
Vladimir Darida is also on for this final push, moments after Vaclik is forced into a save from distance.
Any more goals in this?
Denmark ride their luck
Simon Kjaer, that was close - and at the wrong end to boot!
The Denmark captain nearly sticks the ball in his own net with a deflection from Jankto, and is lucky to escape there.
Schmeichel claws away a Czech free-kick moments later. We're getting down to the business end of things here.
Poulsen pulling some strings
Yussuf Poulsen is not wasting any time, is he? That's a barnstorming run through the middle by the substitute, who ultimately can only pull his shot straight to Vaclik.
Denmark make another change now; Stryger Larsen is off and Daniel Wass is on.
There's roughly 20 minutes on the clock in Baku.
Golden Boot battle on
Celustka forced off
Having been wrapped in bandages, Soucek will surprisingly continue - though, given his sheer commitment, he probably would refuse to with the game there to chase regardless.
It's not all good news for the Czechs however; Celustka has an apparent hamstring problem and is forced off now.
Jakub Brabec is his replacement.
Danes make double swap
Yussuf Poulsen and Christian Norgaard have both been introduced for Denmark now as Kasper Hjulmand looks to steady the ship for his side.
The former makes a near-instant impact, sailing down the left wing and teeing up a couple of chances.
Soucek cuts across him for the latter, as he tries to fire in, and the Czech man takes an accidental boot to the head area. Play is stopped for him to get attention.
Czechs continue to push for turnaround
When Kasper Dolberg scored just before half-time, there will be plenty who thought that Denmark were out of sight in this one.
Well, look at them now. They are still in control but the Czechs are banging on the door with renewed energy and vigour.
History in the making
Second half set up superbly
Buckle up folks, this could be an absolute stonker of a second half in Baku.
Denmark, stung by that response, look to immediately restore a two-goal cushion, but find a corner they earn cleanly defused by Jankto, who breaks down the right flank to force some back-pedal defence.
Patrik Schick of course now is the joint-top scorer at Euro 2020, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. He is tied for the Golden Boot as it stands - and could yet win it outright over the Portuguese legend.
GOAL: Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark
(Patrik Schick, 49)
PATRIK SCHICK WITH THE ONE THAT STICKS!
The Czech Republic have started this half so brightly and moments after he puts an overhead kick to Kasper Schmeichel, their top striker has beaten the goalkeeper to put his side firmly back in this contest.
It's a delightful short volley, tucked from the centre of the box in at the left post after Vladimir Coufal draped a wonderful low ball in from the right side. This game just took a brand new twist.
Goals galore for Danish Dynamite
For the final time at the Olympic Stadium, we're underway in Euro 2020.
Krmencik has a near-instant impact too, cutting around three defenders and firing straight at Schmeichel.
The keeper then has to palm a chop shot from Antonin Barak away a moment later. What a start this is to the second half from the Czech Republic!
Double change for Czechs
We're about to resume the game in Baku, but a double swap for the Czech Republic is needed first.
Jakub Jankto and Michal Krmencik are both on, as they chase what would now be a massive turnaround.
Danish Dynamite detonating Czech hopes
No other quarter-final has seen such a margin between its two sides at the interval as this one has on the scoreboard.
Likewise, no side has come from behind to win in the last-eight this year, with Spain and Italy both holding on after finding the back of the net first.
The omens are against Jaroslav Silhavy but this game is far from over. Kasper Hjulmand meanwhile will not be getting ahead of himself in the slightest.
HT: Czech Republic 0-2 Denmark
Do not adjust your sets, Danish Dynamite fans - you are one half of football away from a semi-final spot at Euro 2020.
A superb early header for Thomas Delaney and a cracking close-range finish from Kasper Dolberg a few minutes before the break has put them in the driving seat in Baku - though a slight conern is to be had about Joakim Maehle, the pioneer of that second effort, who just had to have some running repairs from medics for a leg issue.
It is a long - but not impossible - road back for the Czech Republic in this quarter-final. They have their work cut out during half-time.
Into the history books
There's going to be two added minutes in this first half, added on for that earlier injury pause.
Joakim Maehle's cross has been seared into the eyes of the world, over and over with replays now. My word, that is a proper bit of magic.
Meanwhile, Kasper Dolberg has written a little bit of history with that finish...
3 - Kasper Dolberg has become Denmark's joint top scorer in European Championship history with three goals (along with Jon Dahl Tomasson, Brian Laudrup, Henrik Larsen and Frank Arnesen). Cool. #DEN #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/YtfLiguGrr— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 3, 2021
GOAL: Czech Republic 0-2 Denmark
(Kasper Dolberg, 42)
Denmark double their lead with an absolutely outrageous ball!
That is witchy stuff from the Danish Dynamite - a spellbinding score! Joakim Maehle nabs the assist with a wonderful delivery, clipped seemingly off the outside of his right boot in from the left flank no less.
It hangs brilliantly as it falls towards the right post and Kasper Dolberg is there to crash it home past Tomas Vaclik. What a time to make it two!
Break for injury
Jens Stryger Larsen and Jan Boril come together in a challenge now and both stay down. It looks like the former caught a blow in the back from the latter, and as he came to earth, fell on the back of the Czech man's heel.
Both are good to continue, fortunately, and at least they don't appear to be faking it like Ciro Immobile. The Italy man, if you missed it yesterday, feigned injury in the Belgium box angling for a penalty and then promptly sprung back to his feet with Nicolo Barella scored seconds later.
That was simulation, surely? We called Italy's performance cynical earlier, and it's hard to argue against that on the basis of that incident.
Can Damsgaard find a present?
Chances at both ends
Tomas Vaclik did well to get off his line there in the nick of time! Denmark throw the gears and turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye, countering with smooth aplomb through the left wing and middle channel.
Stryger Larsen is tipped on the eventual throughball and it is a photo finish between him and the goalkeeper.
The Czechs roar back downfield in response, and Holes puts a volley to Schmeichel after Soucek misses a bicycle kick.
Celustka misses close opportunity
Ondrej Celustka gets a little nudge in the back as he races forward to meet a free-kick near the right post, and it is just enough to put him off balance as he looks for the header.
The Czech Republic are seeking that equaliser with little success so far.
Denmark have an hour - and a bit - to see out here. A second goal would go a long way at this early juncture to steadying any nerves.
Braithwaite fires wide!
Barcelona's Martin Braithwaite slips into the Czech Republic penalty area now and finds no-one in a suitable support position.
He fires wide of the side netting and grumbles to himself as he wanders away.
The forward is poised to leave the Catalan club - remember the shock of his arrival there? - and he may be poised for a Premier League return.
Schmeichel spares own blushes
Kasper Schmeichel commits a near-howler as he clears a ball straight to Lukas Masopust now, but the goalkeeper makes quick amends with a fast stop and then a neat save after the Czechs bring in a subsequent corner following a shot by Tomas Holes.
The energy has dipped a little for Denmark but they still look quite comfortable in this clash. It is the Czech Republic who have to chase this one across the next hour and a bit.
Denmark doing Eriksen proud
A Czech corner presents a half-chance, only for Andreas Christensen to prove more than up to the task of clearing the delivery.
Pre-match, a tribute was unfurled to Christian Eriksen that puts a lump in the throat. His nation are doing him proud right now in his absence.
Lively encounter in the Caucasus
Petr Sevcik volleys a chance for the Czech Republic well over the crossbar after a free-kick hands them a promising foothold in midfield.
It is a lively game this, plentiful in sparks so far. That early goal has forced the Czechs' hand; they need to chase this game for a result.
Oh, that's a chance for Delaney! A looped cut-back falls to the Dortmund man, who doesn't look to be expecting it; he makes a messy connection and bundles it past the right post. That could have been 2-0 with a cleaner touch.
Czechs almost burned by counter-moves
To paraphrase a familar saying - and also Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - speak of the devil and he shall appear.
Patrik Schick pops up to cut into Denmark's box now and sees an attempted hook shot deflected out for a corner.
It goes badly wrong for the Czechs though; not only to they fail to follow up, but Denmark counter at a blistering clip, with Mikkel Damsgaard unable to quite pull a near one-on-one chance around Vaclik down the other end.
Can Czechs Schick to their script?
The perfect start!
That's only the third goal that the Czech Republic have conceded at Euro 2020, but it feels like the biggest by some margin, for obvious reasons.
Kasper Hjulmand's side look absolutely elated by that. They push through the middle again at pace, and Kasper Dolberg sees an attempted effort from outside the box deflected off-target.
Back-to-back corners follow but the leaders can't quite stick this one close enough to trouble their opponents.
GOAL: Czech Republic 0-1 Denmark
(Thomas Delaney, 5)
It's the dream start for the Danish Dynamite!
Thomas Delaney is the man who puts them up inside five minutes of this quarter-final. His side win a smart corner down the right edge and Jens Stryger Larsen flicks it across towards the far post, near the middle of the box.
The marking is poor and the Borussia Dortmund man effectively has a free header, which he steers smartly in at the close side of the woodwork, past Tomas Vaclik's outstretched glove. Catastrophe for the Czech Republic!
Hot night in Baku
There's minor early concerns for Joakim Maehle after he takes a blow in a challenge, but it's a minor knock and he's fine to continue.
It has been 35 degrees celsius here today, and as the night rolls in - this is Asia, technically, after all - some much-needed cool air should blow through Baku.
KO: Czech Republic v Denmark
Referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle and we are underway in the third quarter-final of Euro 2020!
Neither side has brought busloads of supporters to Baku, given the distance - which means they may have to make their own atmosphere in Azerbaijan.
For the last time for one of these sides, the national anthems have been belted out with gusto in Baku - and of course, they absolutely slap - and we're just moments away from kick-off.
Skippers Tomas Soucek and Simon Kjaer exchange words in the middle. As the nominal home side, the Czechs have been granted use of their first-choice red strip; Denmark have had to make do with their white-shirted change number.
Shots! Shots! Shots!
Teams ready to emerge
Baku's Olympic Stadium is one of the more impressive venues in use at Euro 2020 - among a pretty strong collection of contenders - but this is where it gets off. The Czech Republic and Denmark will be the last two teams to play here at this tournament; after today, it's Wembley all the way.
Bjorn Kuipers, of the Netherlands, is today's referee, and he leads the two sides out from the tunnel.
Here they come!
Who's going to win?
Form would suggest that this game is Denmark's to lose. Eight goals in their last two games and a great head-to-head record with the Czech Republic - plus a higher world ranking - suggests they are the favourties on paper.
But their opponents had to topple the Dutch to get here - and they won't be satisfied with simply rolling over and letting the Danish Dynamite waltz into the semi-finals at their expense.
This could be an absolute cracker between two sides rarely thought of as football titans.
The birthday boy!
Damsgaard leads Danish spirit for Eriksen
The void left behind by Christian Eriksen's exit both on-and-off the pitch is one that any side would struggle to fill, particularly a Denmark team for who he is the main creative conduit and star in attack.
But his forced withdrawal has only enhanced the Danish spirit, a nation determined to not fail him on the biggest stage of all. In his absence, several players have stepped forward - none perhaps more so than Mikkel Damsgaard.
The 21-year-old has been one of Euro 2020's outstanding form players, and has been at the heart of their subsequent routs of both Russia and Wales, to secure a quarter-final berth. He will be among the dangermen in Baku today - and very possibly could be the matchwinner too.
Form Guide: Denmark
The Danish Dynamite couldn't have asked for a more horrific start to their campaign, overshadowed by the collapse of Christian Eriksen after he suffered cardiac arrest in the first half of their defeat to Finland.
But since then, Kasper Hjulmand's side have come together in support of their fallen comrade - who, mercifully, looks set to make a full recovery - with a string of superb performances.
They led Belgium, much-fancied tournament favourites, at half-time in Copenhagen before the Red Devils rallied for victory, before delivering a cumulative eight-goal haul against Russia and Wales to emerge as free-scoring masters. They'll hope they can put those talents to good use again in Baku today.
Czechs out to extend head-to-head success
Does Schick still have the trick?
Czech Republic v Denmark
A quarter-century ago - indeed, the last time the European Championship was played on English soil - a much unfancied Czech team took the tournament by storm to reach the final.
Wins over Portugal and France took a side anchored by Pavel Nedved within a whisker of a shock triumph at Wembley Stadium, beaten out only in extra-time by Germany. Now, all these years later, another such run remarkably beckons.
Patrik Schick has been at the heart of their success so far, on hand to deliver goals against Scotland - including an all-time long-range finish - Croatia and the Netherlands on route to the last-eight. He'll surely be needed again if they are to trump a Denmark side running on a mystical kind of momentum.
Form Guide: Czech Republic
Two wins, a hard-fought draw and one defeat is the Euro 2020 record for Jaroslav Silhavy this summer, but those pure facts don't tell the full story of what has been a particularly fine tournament so far for them.
Their lone loss, to England on the final day of Group D, was not enough to sink them from sealing a third-place berth in the knockout rounds, and their 2-0 win over Scotland in Glasgow to kick off their campaign showed their mettle too.
A draw with Croatia in-between proved that they could mix it with recent World Cup finalists too - and then, the complete performance against a much-fancied Netherlands side showed that, on their day, they know how to get the job done. Are they the dark horses on this side of the draw?
A date with destiny
Sancho set for time to shine?
Ukraine v England
The news yesterday that Arsenal's Bukayo Saka had picked up a knock in training sent shockwaves through the Three Lions faithful after two impressive performances against the Czech Republic and Germany - but Gareth Southgate just so happens to have a very expensive replacement waiting in the wings.
Jadon Sancho's long-anticipated move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund was finally confirmed earlier this week, with the 21-year-old set to undergo his medical at Old Trafford following the conclusion of England's Euro 2020 campaign.
Now, he could well be in line for his first start of the tournament too, after being restricted to only six minutes off the bench in the group stages. His pedigree goes without saying, but Southgate's reluctance to blood him so far could suggest that something was on his mind. With his future sorted, could he flourish in Rome?
Form Guide: England
Unbeaten so far at Euro 2020, and watertight at the back, Gareth Southgate's Three Lions are the only team yet to concede a goal at this year's tournament.
Much of that has been down to the acrobatics of Jordan Pickford between the posts alongside a stern defensive formation in front of the Everton shotstopper.
Having claimed victories against Croatia and the Czech Republic - plus a draw with Scotland - with a back four, England moved to a more traditional 3-4-3 from their favoured 4-2-3-1 against Germany, earning an era-defining 2-0 win in the process. Flashy, they may not be, but their patience has proven a vital asset so far - along with Raheem Sterling's superb run of form.
No divided loyalties for Scotland...
Shevchenko's men must play 'game of their lives'
Ukraine v England
The last-gasp dramatics of Ukraine's manner of progress to the quarter-finals belied that Andriy Shevchenko - arguably their greatest-ever player, now poised to possibly become their greatest-ever manager - has drilled an effective resilience and self-belief into his tournament underdogs.
Having pushed the Netherlands almost all the way in Group C, the suggestion of their skill to give superior opponents a very hard time remains a potent threat that England will surely heed, but even then, they enter Stadio Olimpico much unfancied to make the last four.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, the industrious Manchester City defender, knows that it will be the biggest game of the national team's lives to date, possibly the biggest they will face for a good few years - and that they will have to be on top of it if they hope to deliver an almighty upset against their opponents.
Form Guide: Ukraine
One of only two third-place ranking sides left in the tournament - alongside the Czech Republic - the Blue and Yellow haven't been this far in a major tournament since Germany 2006, when they were World Cup quarter-finalists.
A narrow defeat to the Netherlands - after the Oranje almost torpedoed themselves - followed by a win against North Macedonia proved to be enough to scrape into the knockout rounds, though a blocky loss to Austria undoubtedly dampened their fires.
They reignited them in crackerjack fashion against Sweden however, emerging 2-1 winners after extra-time in Glasgow after Artem Dovbyk netted the winner against their 10-men opponents in the final seconds of the match. They'll be full of confidence - an imperative boost against their toughest challenge yet.
Lineups: Czech Republic v Denmark
Runners or riders?
Italy cement challenge in Belgium victory
While Tuesday's opponents have been made to fight through two extra-time-enhanced fixtures to stake their spot in the last four, the Azzurri themselves bounced back to deliver a clinical, if occasionally cynical, victory against the world's number one side.
Roberto Mancini has not overseen defeat at the helm of Italy since 2018, which in hindsight makes their relative unknown status heading into Euro 2020 all the more perplexing.
They saved arguably their most complete performance in attack and defence of the tournament so far for last night, to topple Roberto Martinez's golden generation in Munich - and no matter the results today, look to have put themselves forth as de-facto favourites to triumph next weekend now.
Spain and Simon break Swiss hearts
Much as it was in the last-16, there was to be penalty drama for the Rossocrociati in Saint Petersburg - but this time, Yann Sommer's heroics would be for nothing as Vladimir Petkovic's side choked against Unai Simon in goal at the very end.
The Spain shotstopper had far less to do throughout regular time than his opposite number, and admitted that Sommer deserved the player of the match gong he himself was awarded after the final whistle.
But his contributions undoubtedly did the trick for Luis Enrique and La Roja, to conclude their transformation from impotent group stage starters blighted by Covid-19 into semi-finalists at Euro 2020. Switzerland will always have the memories of that epoch-defining win over France - but for them, the end of the road was a bitter pill to swallow.
Team News: Czech Republic v Denmark
Boril in, Danish Dynamite unchanged
Early team news now and there is just the one change for the Czechs from the side who beat the Netherlands, with Jan Boril given the nod at left-back over Pavel Kaderabek, who drops to the bench.
Denmark keep faith with the same XI that got them here against Wales, though Martin Braithwaite and Martin Braithwaite switch flanks either side of Kasper Dolberg.
Last time out...
Speaking of Spain and Italy, both had their own challenges to battle through to get through to the last four yesterday - and if you didn't catch their victories, you missed a couple of cracking quarter-final ties.
La Roja, under Luis Enrique, almost came unstuck again after they were unable to down 10-men Switzerland in Russia, requiring penalties to send them through, in a game charged through with increasing desperation from both sides up front.
The Azzurri however needed only regular time to see off Belgium, the pole-sitters in FIFA's World Rankings, after Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne netted a pair of superb goals in the first half, in a match marked by its open, expansive fluidity - and an apparent brutal tournament-ending injury the superb Leonardo Spinazzola.
Today's order of play
Spain and Italy are already there, Switzerland and Belgium are packing their bags - and there's just the pair of spots up for grabs, to join them, and secure a direct semi-final face-off for the finale in north London.
As such, there is only two games today - but they're surely going to be a pair filled with the proverbial sweat, blood and tears. They are:
Czech Republic v Denmark (Baku, 1700)
Ukraine v England (Rome, 2000)
(All times BST)
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Hello and welcome to Goal's live matchday coverage of Euro 2020!
Two down, two through - and two to go. If this year's rearranged pan-continental tournament has taught us anything, it is that sporting drama can be found in every corner of the beautiful game - and now we're truly into the home straight.
Only five games and six teams remain before the curtain comes down at Wembley Stadium in just over a week - and by the end of today, those numbers will be trimmed to three and four respectively.
It's quarter-final day, in Baku and Rome, as a quartet of nations jostle to make history - and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else but soaking it all in.
Shevchenko: This England team is really strong
England have earned the respect of Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko.
“England played very pragmatically," he said. "They used our mistakes; they controlled the game. We couldn’t really do anything in return. The English team is really strong.”