4. England finally beat Germany.
This titanic clash in the last sixteen pitted old foes England and Germany against each other once again.
With England undefeated through the group stage and the Germans scraping through the group of death at the expense of the plucky Hungarian’s, this match for maybe the first time ever had England labelled as the favorites. Yet history would suggest otherwise as we had not defeated the old enemy in knockout Football since 1966.
A tense and nervy affair was played out for 70 minutes until England’s man of the moment Raheem Sterling finally broke the deadlock, slotting home from Luke Shaw’s perfectly waited centre.
The emotional release from the 45,000 ecstatic fans inside the stadium encapsulated the mood of a nation as all of us watching at home went wild with delight.
Thomas Muller would uncharacteristically spurn a golden opportunity to level the contest at 1-1 after a mistake by Raheem Sterling allowed him a free run at England’s goal. As he saw the whites of Jordan Pickford’s eyes, he somehow fluffed his lines, and the ball drifted past the post as the whole of England breathed a gigantic sigh of relief.
Moments later it would be the captain Harry Kane who would drive the final nail into the German coffin, as he crashed home England’s second, breaking his goal drought at the tournament and handing the three lions a milestone 2-0 victory that meant so much to so many.
Good times had never felt so good.