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Czech Republic v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Group D
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between Czech Republic and England at Wembley Stadium on June 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

England completed a comfortable and professional victory over the Czech Republic in their final game of Group D to seal their fate into the next round of the competition.

The Three Lions commenced proceedings the brightest, Raheem Sterling's lob rebounding off the far post, almost catching Tomas Vaclik off guard as the Manchester City winger was centimetres away from giving the hosts the lead.

The Three Lions opened the scoring in the 12th minute, the initial cross into the box overhit from Bukayo Saka, but Jack Grealish kept it alive on the left chipping a great cross into the far post taking a slight nick off Vladimir Coufal, Sterling there to nod it into the back of the net.

A stable performance throughout the night would be the story of the game as once again the Three Lions were efficient at the back registering another clean sheet with Jordan Pickford solid in goal often seeing the ball late but diving across to push it away from goal.

With the Czech Republic staying in the contest in the first half, the hosts continued to push looking for their second. Saka slipping in Harry Kane on the right this time with the England captain cutting inside before drilling a low shot on goal. Vaclik pushing the ball away as Sterling wasn't aware of the ball to try and get a tap-in. 

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The second half would prove to be an uphill battle for the Czech Republic as the Three Lions continued to be solid defensively not leaving any space in behind for the visitors with both sides making late changes in the last group game of the tournament. Although Jordan Henderson thought he had doubled England's lead late on with his first England goal, only to be denied by the offside flag.

  • Match statistics

During the 90 minutes England had more possession at 57 per cent; the Three Lions dominant on the ball looking to pounce on their statistical shots on target, with the Czech Republic always pushing England right till the end during the whole of the 90 minutes. 

England had five shots on goal during the game compared to the Czech's seven, with three shots on target to the away sides one.

The possession count for England was much higher with a 57 per cent to 43 per cent at Wembley Stadium. The total pass count for the Three Lions was a much higher 528 to the Czech's 411. England also had the better passing accuracy of 84% to the visitors 78%.

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