England emerges victorious over Netherlands with 2-1 scoreline


(MENAFN) In a thrilling EURO 2024 semifinal match, England emerged victorious over the Netherlands with a 2-1 scoreline, securing their place in the final against Spain on Sunday.

The Netherlands took an early lead in the 7th minute courtesy of a stunning long-range strike from Xavi Simons, sending the BVB Stadion Dortmund into jubilation. However, England responded swiftly as captain Harry Kane, after being denied once by Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen, equalized from the penalty spot in the 18th minute. Kane drew the penalty after a contentious incident in the Dutch penalty area.

Both teams continued to press with exciting chances throughout the match. Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries made a crucial goal-line clearance to deny Phil Foden in the 23rd minute, while Dumfries himself came close with a header that narrowly missed the target in the 30th minute. England's Foden also struck the crossbar with a powerful effort from distance in the 32nd minute, highlighting the intensity of the encounter.

In the second half, English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a pivotal save in the 65th minute to keep his team level. England thought they had taken the lead in the 79th minute, only for the goal to be disallowed due to an offside call after a VAR review.

The decisive moment came in injury time when forward Ollie Watkins secured England's victory with a precise low shot into the bottom left corner in the 91st minute, sending the English fans into euphoria.

With this hard-fought win, England advances to their second consecutive European Championship final, aiming to claim the title against Spain at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Sunday.

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