The knockout phase of the UEFA U21 European Championship has lived up to its promise of excitement, and we can expect even more intense and nerve-wracking football in the forthcoming semi-finals. Out of the eight teams that advanced from the group stage, we now have four remaining, ready to compete for victory in the semi-finals. England, Ukraine, Israel, and Spain have all secured their places in the semi-finals, driven by their quest for glory. This tournament is renowned for creating stars, and these emerging talents are set to mesmerize fans and display their immense potential through a captivating exhibition of skill, passion, and determination. Join us as we analyze the upcoming semi-final match-ups, examine the strengths and weaknesses of the teams, and provide predictions on which teams will prevail and secure their spot in the grand finale. The article was prepared with our partner Free Betting Reviews.
Football U21 European Championship semi-finals
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
- Match: Israel Vs England
- Time: 19:00 EEST (20:00 Georgian time)
- Venue: Adjarabet Arena, Batumi, Georgia
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
- Match: Spain Vs Ukraine
- Time: 22:00 EEST (23:00 Georgian time)
- Venue: Steaua Stadium, Bucharest, Romania
Results of the U21 Euros quarter-finals
Georgia Vs Israel (0-0 (3-4 pens))
The match between Georgia and Israel ended in a goalless draw, leading to a tense penalty shootout. It was a highly competitive game between one of the host country’s teams and Israel. Israel displayed an aggressive style of play from the beginning and had numerous scoring opportunities. On the other hand, Georgia took some time to get into the game, but both teams’ efforts ultimately failed to result in a goal. Both sides exhibited impressive defensive performances, and after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for Georgia, they missed their third and fifth penalties, while Israel successfully converted all four of their attempts, securing their place in the semi-finals.
Spain Vs Switzerland (2-1)
In the clash between Spain and Switzerland, the Spanish U21 National team, considered a dark horse in the tournament, faced a tough challenge. The game was filled with dramatic moments as Switzerland gave Spain a tough competition. Spain managed to break the deadlock in the second half with a left-footed shot from forward Sergio Gomez. They seemed to have secured their spot in the semi-finals until Switzerland equalized in the 91st minute of added time, forcing the match into extra time. However, Spain regained the lead in the first half of extra time and held onto it until the final whistle. They defended their advantage and earned a direct ticket to the semi-finals.
England Vs Portugal
In the quarter-finals, England faced Portugal in what was expected to be a challenging match. England, considered a strong contender to win the U21 Euros, continued their journey towards glory. They emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Portugal, thanks to an early goal scored by Anthony Gordon. England’s defense proved outstanding once again, as they maintained a clean sheet in the youth competition held in Georgia.
France Vs Ukraine
The encounter between France and Ukraine showcased the latter’s impressive performance in the tournament. Despite being considered the underdogs, Ukraine proved their worth by upsetting France. They showcased their secret weapon, Mykhailo Mudryk, who demonstrated why he is one of Ukraine’s most sought-after talents. France took an early lead through a goal from Rayan Cherki in the 19th minute, but Ukraine equalized just before the end of the first half with a penalty kick. In the 44th minute, Ukraine scored again, with Mudryk providing an incredible through pass that was converted beautifully by Sudakov. Ukraine secured their victory with a third goal in the 86th minute, cementing their place in the next stage of the competition.
What should we expect from the UEFA U21 Championship semi-finals?
Israel Vs England
When Israel faces England in the semifinals, Israel will require ample rest. They displayed remarkable bravery in their quarterfinal clash against Georgia, ultimately advancing to the semifinals via a penalty shootout. In contrast, England encountered some difficulties against Portugal’s defensive tactics in the quarterfinals and will need to raise their level of play. Notably, England and Israel were in the same group during the group stage, and in their previous encounter, the Three Lions comfortably overcame the Israeli team. Therefore, we anticipate a similar outcome in this semifinal match. Nevertheless, our prediction for this game is a low-scoring affair due to England’s struggles against a formidable defense.
Spain Vs Ukraine
Ukraine has been outstanding throughout this competition, showcasing its full potential right from the start. Their remarkable achievement of defeating a team like France, who had a flawless record in the tournament, by a score of three goals to one is truly impressive for the Eastern European side. We have witnessed their capabilities both with and without their star player, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Spain should be prepared for the challenge that lies ahead. On the other hand, Spain may not have their strongest squad in this competition, but they have delivered exceptionally. This upcoming match is expected to be closely contested, but Ukraine is favored to come out on top and secure a place in the finals.