#EURO2024: England Through To Euro 2024 Semis On Penalties

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#EURO2024: England Through To Euro 2024 Semis On Penalties

#EURO2024: England Through To Euro 2024 Semis On Penalties—-The Three Lions are in the semi final after overcoming stubborn Switzerland on penalties after 120 minutes of fierce football.

Gareth Southgate have now led the Three Lions to three different semifinal as manager.

England have reached the semi final of Euro 2024 after beating Switzerland in a penalty shootout after a tense quarter-final clash in Dusseldorf.

Breel Embolo put Switzerland in front during the second half, before Bukayo Saka quickly levelled things up to take the game to extra time. But rather than the heartbreak so often associated with England and penalties, the Three Lions were perfect, scoring all five, with Jordan Pickford’s save from Manuel Akanji the difference.

50,000 England supporters descended on the German city, hoping to capitalise on their great escape against Slovakia six days ago. But the meeting with the Swiss represented the most difficult encounter the Three Lions had faced so far in the tournament.

Southgate, taking charge of his 100th – and potentially final – match, promised an improved performance from his team who had flattered to deceive in their opening four matches of the tournament.

Many had expected a formation change to match up with Murat Yakin’s side, going with three central defenders with Ezri Konsa replacing Marc Guehi and lining up alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker.

But Southgate ignored the clamour to recall Trent Alexander-Arnold, instead playing Kieran Trippier on the left and Bukayo Saka on the right. And it was the Arsenal star who was England’s biggest threat during the first half, creating opportunities in a more controlled – if unspectacular – opening 45 minutes.

The second half started with England asserting control, before Switzerland grew into the contest with Southgate’s team instinctively dropping deeper and deeper. And the goal came with less than 20 minutes to go when Breel Embolo poked in from a yard out after a deflected cross into the box.

That finally triggered the England boss into some action – reluctant to make changes for so long – making three changes at once with Luke Shaw, Eberechi Eze and Cole Palmer coming off the bench. And just two minutes later they were back in the game thanks to the individual brilliance of Saka.

The Gunners talisman cut in from the right flank, as he’s done so many times for his club side, to fire in a stunning strike into the bottom corner. England then had a bit of momentum, but failed to build on the equaliser with the game going into extra time with the score at 1-1.

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