10.32pm BST22:32

So yes, it was only a quarter-final; yes, semi-final opponents Denmark won at Wembley just last October; and yes, possible finalists Italy and Spain are Italy and Spain. But if England fans aren’t allowed to get excited and dream dreamy dreams after that four-goal performance, there really is no point in watching sport. Congratulations to England, commiserations to Ukraine, and here’s to a couple of cracking semi-finals next week. David Hytner’s report is in, so get clicking. Thanks for reading this MBM. Nighty night!

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10.30pm BST22:30

The BBC talk to Gareth Southgate, who begins by thanking the fringe players in his squad. “I’m thinking about the lads we didn’t get on the pitch; the likes of Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale, they are the ones making this team successful, because the spirit of the group is phenomenal. Whoever comes in does the job, whoever I leave out, the mentality has been fantastic. So looking after those guys is uppermost in my mind. None of them deserve to be left out. But we have to make the right call for the right game and the system. We’re in another semi-final, three in three years. But we want to go a step further, two steps further. It’s lovely to send everyone out on a Saturday night, beer in hand or in the air, wherever it is! I’m chuffed the two performances we’ve put on have given so much enjoyment and happiness to people.”




10.18pm BST22:18

Jordan Henderson, who finally scored for England after 62 appearances, speaks to the BBC: “It was a very good night. We’re so pleased with the performance level. We defended really well and scored some great goals. We have to be very pleased, but we can’t dwell on it too long. We need to prepare well and give it absolutely everything on Wednesday.” As for ending the longest wait for a first international goal an England goalscorer has ever endured? “It’s about time! It’s been a long time coming. Thankfully I’m on the scoresheet. I always felt a goal would come eventually but I always just try to contribute the best I can on the pitch. Of course I’d have liked to score more goals over the last few years, but I can’t complain! I’m here, and I’m contributing.”




10.09pm BST22:09

Harry Kane’s turn for a chat with the Beeb. “What a great performance in a big game. Of course we were favourites to win this game, but there was a lot of pressure. So to perform like we did was top drawer. Another clean sheet, four goals, it was a perfect night for us. We have a great unit from front to back working for the team. We’ll keep working hard and recover well, and look forward to the semi-final. We’re knocking it off, step by step. The World Cup was great but we fell short. We had a good run in the Nations League, and now it’s about getting over the line, and that’s what we have got to do on Wednesday. A lot of us have been playing in big games, so we’re looking confident out there. Hopefully I can lead this team to a European final.”


A smile from Harry Kane as he speaks to the media after receiving his star of the match award. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/UEFA/Getty Images

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10.02pm BST22:02

Harry Maguire talks to the BBC. “It’s a great feeling. Back to back semi-finals at a major tournament is a great achievement, but, I don’t want to be a party pooper, but we don’t stop here. We’ve got a big game coming up and we want to go further this time than we did at the World Cup. It’s a great feeling to win here, and the way we’ve done it shows how we’ve progressed as a country. Long may the improvement continue! We have great belief in the dressing room. The first half was tough, we got the early goal but they caused us a few problems after changing it a few times. The second goal settled us down a lot and from then on we controlled the game. It was an impressive performance. It’s hard to soak it all in when you’ve got another big one coming up. The dressing room will be a great atmosphere tonight, but when we wake up we’ll be focused again. This group of players aren’t settling for a semi-final, we want to go further.”



England’s Harry Maguire celebrates at the end of the match. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/AP

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9.58pm BST21:58

A view from the England fans in Rome. “There’s a real buzz at the Olimpico seeing England turning on the style,” reports Colum Fordham. “The England fans near me are chanting Southgate is great and a version of Che sarà sarà, interspersed with Football’s Coming Home. Only the second time I’ve watched England live. Last England v Cameroon in 1990.”

England manager Gareth Southgate and his players celebrate the victory with their fans in Stadio Olimpico.

England manager Gareth Southgate and his players celebrate the victory with their fans in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Scenes at the final whistle over at the fan zones in Manchester.

Scenes at the final whistle over at the fan zones in Manchester. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

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9.57pm BST21:57

A grim-faced Andriy Shevchenko, who knows a thing or two about leading the line, makes an immediate beeline for Harry Kane, embracing England’s two-goal hero. England celebrate, but not in any conspicuous manner; you suspect their minds are already on Wednesday’s semi-final with Denmark. Model professionals, you see. But the fans can party long into the night: that was England’s biggest victory at a European Championship finals, bettering their 4-1 thumping of the Netherlands at Euro 96. Ukraine depart the scene of their defeat, but only after thanking their fans with a poignant last performance of an Iceland-via-Motherwell-inspired HUH chant.

Ukraine players gesture to fans after the match.

Ukraine players gesture to fans after the match. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/Reuters

A dejected Andrey Shevchenko thanks the fans after their loss.

A dejected Andrey Shevchenko thanks the fans after their loss. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

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9.50pm BST21:50

FULL TIME: Ukraine 0-4 England

The referee Felix Brych blows the whistle after four seconds of extra time, and England have made the semi-finals of Euro 2020 in style!




9.49pm BST21:49

88 min: It’s Ukraine’s turn to pass it around the back, but their mood is not quite so joyous. What they’d give to hear the final whistle now … though we could have probably said that the best part of 40 minutes ago.




9.46pm BST21:46

86 min: Henderson puts a stop to a Ukraine attack with a calm backheeled pass out of his own box. It’s been one of those evenings.




9.44pm BST21:44

84 min: As their team pass the ball around the back in the clock-management style, England fans entertain themselves with a few olés. Any old excuse.




9.43pm BST21:43

83 min: Sancho shows Mykolenko a clean pair of heels and barrels down the right. The Ukrainian defender recovers excellently to force him off the ball just as he enters the box. For a second, a fifth looked on the cards.




9.40pm BST21:40

81 min: England are happy to sit back, keeping a clean sheet their main focus now.

England’s defender Kieran Trippier (right) dives to block a cross.

England’s defender Kieran Trippier (right) dives to block a cross. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

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9.39pm BST21:39

79 min: Yarmolenko grooves his way down the right, enters the box, and earns a corner with a deflected shot. Calvert-Lewin heads the corner clear.




9.38pm BST21:38

77 min: Pickford gets away with another loose clearance. His slightly skittish kicking is perhaps England’s only minus point this evening. It’s not the worst place to be.




9.34pm BST21:34

75 min: Makarenko has a dig from 25 yards. He aims for the top right and gives it a good old belt, but Pickford punches it clear.




9.33pm BST21:33

73 min: There’ll be no hat-trick for Kane this evening. He makes way for Calvert-Lewin, and goes off to be wrapped in cotton wool.

England’s manager Gareth Southgate, right, greets his player Harry Kane after he was substituted.

Well played Harry. Photograph: Lars Baron/AP

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9.32pm BST21:32

72 min: Yaremchuk comes through the back of Henderson in the frustrated style. He’s given a good ticking off by the referee, but no booking.




9.31pm BST21:31

70 min: Some slapstick shenanigans as Pickford comes out of his goal to clear a long ball. He slices his kick, and the ball drops to Yaremchuk, who tries to find the empty net with a low drive from 40 yards. It’s easily blocked. A high looper would have been the better option, but no Patrik Schick he.

England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford slices a clearance.

Careful now Jordan. Photograph: Lars Baron/AP

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9.29pm BST21:29

68 min: Of course, anyone who gets themselves sent off would also miss the game, but surely nobody will be that daft.




9.27pm BST21:27

67 min: Rashford’s first act is to tear down the left and win a corner. It’s hit long for Maguire, who heads harmlessly wide right. Incidentally, with the departure of Phillips, Maguire is now the only England player left on the field in danger of missing the semi – I think we can safely say England are there – should he pick up a booking.




9.25pm BST21:25

65 min: England make a triple change: Bellingham, Rashford and Trippier come on for Shaw, Sterling and Phillips.

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9.23pm BST21:23

GOAL! Ukraine 0-4 England (Henderson 63)

Mount curls the resulting corner towards Henderson, who glances a header across the keeper and into the bottom left! His first ever goal for England, at long last!

Jordan Henderson of England scores their side’s fourth goal.

Photograph: Eddie Keogh/The FA/Getty Images

England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their fourth goal.

Henderson wheels away in celebration. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their fourth goal with John Stones.

Then celebrates his goal with John Stones. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/Reuters

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9.22pm BST21:22

62 min: Kane is denied a spectacular hat-trick goal by Bushchan. He latches onto a poor headed clearance by screeching a volley from 25 yards towards the top right. The keeper turns it away at full stretch! But it’s all in vain, because …




9.20pm BST21:20

60 min: On the touchline, Shevchenko is already in thousand-yard-stare mode. He’ll have delivered better half-time talks.




9.18pm BST21:18

59 min: Mount is this close to releasing Kane through the middle with a forensic pass. Matviyenko intercepts in the nick of time.




9.16pm BST21:16

57 min: England make their first change, Henderson coming on in place of Rice.




9.16pm BST21:16

56 min: Ukraine look thoroughly shaken by that double whammy. They’ve not managed to summon any sort of response yet.




9.14pm BST21:14

54 min: England have three players out there who are one booking away from missing any semi-final they might reach: Maguire, Phillips and Rice. A fair chance now that these lads won’t see the evening out.




9.12pm BST21:12

52 min: Luke Shaw, huh? That’s two quickfire assists of the highest quality. Maguire and Kane couldn’t miss! Whisper it, but England are an extremely good side.




9.10pm BST21:10

GOAL! Ukraine 0-3 England (Kane 50)

The semi-final is so close now! Mount drives down the inside left. He slips the ball to Sterling, who backflicks towards Shaw. The full back reaches the touchline, and stands one up into the centre. Kane is on point to head down and in, and England are in total control!

England’s Harry Kane scores their third goal.

Harry Kane heads home his second, and England’s third, goal. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/Reuters

England’s Harry Kane scores their third goal.

Here’s the view from behind the goal. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Harry Kane of England celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring their side’s third goal.

Kane celebrates with Raheem Sterling. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/The FA/Getty Images

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9.09pm BST21:09

49 min: The timing of that goal will thoroughly sicken Ukraine, who will have felt good about the manner in which they’d finished the first half. Well, that’s quite the momentum shifter.




9.07pm BST21:07

47 min: That was one heck of a delivery by Shaw. Maguire, having timed his run and leap to perfection, could hardly miss!




9.07pm BST21:07

GOAL! Ukraine 0-2 England (Maguire 46)

Yes they can! The free kick’s curled into the mixer by Shaw. Maguire rises highest, on the edge of the six-yard box. He steers a determined header into the left-hand side of the net with Bushchan rooted to the spot!

Harry Maguire of England scores their side’s second goal past Georgiy Bushchan of Ukraine.

Harry Maguire of England scores their side’s second goal past Georgiy Bushchan of Ukraine. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Harry Maguire of England celebrates with Declan Rice after scoring their side’s second goal.

Harry Maguire of England celebrates with Declan Rice. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino – Pool/Getty Images

England keeper Jordan Pickford celebrates their side’s second goal scored by Harry Maguire.

Down at the other end of the pitch England keeper Jordan Pickford celebrates Maguire’s goal. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

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9.05pm BST21:05

46 min: Within 10 seconds of the restart, Sydorchuk stands on Kane’s foot, and it’s a free kick 30 yards out on the right. Can England start the second half even faster than they did the first?




9.04pm BST21:04

England get the second 45 underway. There have been no half-time changes.




8.57pm BST20:57

Half-time entertainment. The winner of this tie will play Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday evening. Paul Doyle watched them bounce the Czechs out of the tournament, and you can read his report here. Meanwhile here’s Andy Hunter on a team who are on an emotional mission.




8.51pm BST20:51

HALF TIME: Ukraine 0-1 England

After some garden-variety shoving, a load of nonsensical yap between Maguire and Yaremchuk brings the half to an end. They’re still arguing with each other as everyone leaves for the dressing rooms. England the happier, obviously, though Ukraine will be buoyed by the way they’ve come back into the game.

Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine attempts to stop team mate Roman Yaremchuk from helping up Harry Maguire of England.

Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine attempts to stop team mate Roman Yaremchuk from helping up Harry Maguire of England. Photograph: Chris Ricco/UEFA/Getty Images

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8.49pm BST20:49

45 min +1: Sancho excites the fans with a supersonic sashay down the left, jinking elegantly through the smallest of gaps. He’s clipped to a standstill, but Manchester United fans can be forgiven for getting quite excited over their new signing.

Jadon Sancho of England breaks away from Ukraine’s Serhiy Sydorchuk (left) and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Jadon Sancho of England breaks away from Ukraine’s Serhiy Sydorchuk (left) and Andriy Yarmolenko. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/The FA/Getty Images

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8.47pm BST20:47

45 min: England are sitting very deep. They’ll be happy to hear the half-time whistle and regroup. There will be three added minutes.




8.45pm BST20:45

43 min: After a brief game of head tennis in the England box, Shaparenko shoots from 25 yards. The ball curls well wide right. This is much better from Ukraine, who have switched to a 4-3-3 after the enforced substitution, and look a lot happier as a result.

Ukraine’s Mykola Shaparenko has a go from distance.

Ukraine’s Mykola Shaparenko has a go from distance. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/AFP/Getty Images

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8.43pm BST20:43

41 min: Yaremchuk busies himself down the left and wins a corner. The set piece is a non-event, but Ukraine are at least asking England the odd question now.




8.42pm BST20:42

39 min: Sterling slips Shaw clear down the left. Shaw is in acres, racing into the box. He pulls back for Sancho, who spins on the penalty spot and sends a slapshot goalwards. Bushchan shovels clear, then the flag goes up for offside. Not sure why Shaw didn’t go for that himself, one on one with the keeper as he was. Had either he or Sancho scored, VAR would have overturned that offside decision.

England’s Jadon Sancho shoots.

England’s Jadon Sancho shoots. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/Reuters

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8.39pm BST20:39

37 min: Ukraine play some lovely triangles down the left and open England up for the first time. Zinchenko then slips a pass down the channel for Yaremchuk, who cuts back for the Manchester City man. However Yarmolenko also goes for the cutback, and gets in Zinchenko’s way. Neither can get a shot off, and Mount steps in to clear.

Mason Mount of England clears the ball from the boot of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Mason Mount of England clears the ball from the boot of Oleksandr Zinchenko. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/EPA

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8.36pm BST20:36

35 min: Kryvtsov can’t continue. He’s limping badly. On comes Tsygankov.




8.36pm BST20:36

34 min: Kryvtsov goes down and requires some treatment. He’s grimacing quite a lot. As the physio comes on, it’s a chance for his defence to regroup.




8.35pm BST20:35

33 min: Sterling drives down the left and crosses low. It’s half cleared. Rice picks up possession on the edge of the box and creams a venomous shot straight at Bushchan. There’s a brief game of high-speed, high-stakes pinball, before Ukraine eventually clear. England can sense a second goal here.

England’s Declan Rice has a pop at goal.

England’s Declan Rice has a pop at goal. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/Reuters

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8.33pm BST20:33

31 min: Sancho gets his feet moving down the right and nearly tricks his way past Mykolenko. Not quite, but the Old Trafford bound winger is causing all sorts of problems.




8.30pm BST20:30

29 min: Sterling is upended near the left touchline, and it’s a chance for England to line up just inside the Ukraine box. Shaw to deliver. Kane rises highest to meet the free kick, but can only head harmlessly over the bar.

Harry Kane heads over.

Harry Kane heads over. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/EPA

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8.29pm BST20:29

27 min: England’s current confident state of mind is perfectly illustrated when Pickford comes sauntering out of his box to meet a loose ball, and rolls a careful pass to a team-mate between two encroaching Ukrainians. A risky move performed with no little panache.




8.26pm BST20:26

25 min: Another neat little burst in from the right wing by Sancho. Ukraine aren’t dealing with his runs particularly well. When he’s on one, their nerves are palpable.

Jadon Sancho of England surges forward.

Jadon Sancho of England surges forward. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty Images

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