Friday, July 19, 2024

Euro 2024: England Reach Quarter-Finals After Comeback Win Against Slovakia

England escaped an embarrassing last-16 exit at Euro 2024 as Jude Bellingham scored a spectacular overhead kick in the 95th minute to equalise before England went on to win 2-1 in extra time and secure a quarter-final against Switzerland on Sunday.

The Three Lions have been hyped as one of the favourites as they bid to end a 58-year wait for major tournament glory but looked set to go out with a whimper to Ivan Schranz‘s 25th minute goal.

However, Bellingham’s moment of inspiration five minutes into six added on in stoppage time breathed new life into Gareth Southgate‘s reign as England boss.

Harry Kane then headed in just a minute into extra-time to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Switzerland on Sunday.

England progressed through to the knockout stages by finishing top of their group but have been criticised for the manner of their performances.

They beat Serbia 1-0, drew 1-1 with Denmark and were held to a goalless draw by Slovenia prior to the last-16 tie.

With this victory England live to fight another day come the quarter-final against an impressive Switzerland, who comfortably knocked out holders Italy 2-0 on Saturday.

 

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