England finally beat Germany in a major tournament knockout game after a 55-year wait, moving on to the Euro 2020 quarterfinal

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Germany
Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-0 during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on June 29, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
  • Harry Kane scored his first goal of the tournament as England defeated Germany 2-0 in Euro 2020.
  • Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the 75th minute with his third goal in four games.
  • England’s win was its first in a major tournament knockout game against Germany since the 1966 World Cup final.
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England’s captain Harry Kane broke his goalscoring drought as England overcame Germany 2-0 in the Euro 2020 round of 16 at Wembley.

England’s win was its first against Germany in a major tournament knockout game for 55 years, ending a dismal run which had seen England lose against its arch rival in several crucial matches.

The last time England beat Germany was in the final of the 1966 World Cup.

On Tuesday, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the 75th minute following a match that was largely bereft of clear cut chances.

England eventually made the breakthrough when substitute Jack Grealish fired the ball into the feet of Harry Kane who passed outwards to Luke Shaw.

The Manchester United left back crossed along the floor into the feet of Sterling, who slotted home into an empty net.

Raheem Sterling of England scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany
Raheem Sterling of England scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

The hosts then doubled their lead with four minutes of time to go, as Grealish crossed to find the head of Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur striker headed into the net past a helpless Manuel Neuer.

It was a cagey game throughout with neither side willing to push too many men forward, but the first chance fell to Germany’s Timo Werner when he was played in by his Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz.

However, England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was quick off his line to save the resulting shot.

England’s captain Harry Kane missed a golden opportunity in the final seconds of the first half when the ball bounced kindly to him in the Germany box. A poor first touch allowed the German defense to clear.

The second half started in the same manner before Sterling scored allowing England to control the game.

Kane’s goal ensured it would be England going through to the quarter finals, where it will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between Ukraine and Sweden.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, goalscorer Sterling said: “We knew we needed to put a big performance in against a good side and we did that today.

“Doing it for your country will always be special and it is a special moment for me.”

His teammate Declan Rice told the BBC: “It’s incredible, a lot of people had written us off in the group stage, complaints about the performances, not scoring enough but we want to put people wrong, with a full house everyone had the fire in the belly to one, knock Germany out and two progress in the tournament.

“It is history, all the players were asked about the past games but we created history. Gary Neville said these games don’t come round often and it was a pleasure to be out there.”