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England survive history, demons to beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley

The weight of the world was on the shoulders of the Three Lions today. They’re now one win from the semifinals of a major tournament.

England’s forward Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 football match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London on June 29, 2021. Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

A 75th minute goal from the oft-maligned Raheem Sterling broke a scoreless draw, and Harry Kane finally breaking his duck in a major tournament were the highlights as England defeated Germany 2-0 on Monday at Wembley Stadium to advance to the quarterfinals of Euro 2020.

Sterling’s placement of a cross from Luke Shaw opened the account of a match where England dominated possession as well as the chances on offer. A quality buildup from Kane and Jack Grealish showed the kind of skill this version of the Three Lions can put forward in attack.

In a reversal of most of European footballing history, Kai Havertz played in Thomas Muller on a flawless counter in the 81st minute, but Muller failed to find the target on a chance xG would rate much closer to 1 than 0.

The only thing left for the home side was to finally have their striker and captain Harry Kane finally score in a Euro. You can feel the relief across the island as he finds the back of the net in his signature manner.

England entered as +150 favorites on the 90 minute three-way line, with draw set at +225 and Germany at +200. The victors will face the winner of Sweden-Ukraine match that starts at 3 p.m. on Monday in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.