Euro 2024 result, goal by Xavi Simons


England and the Netherlands will meet in the Euro 2024 semi-finals on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final against Spain.

Pre-tournament favourites England have scored just five goals in five games and needed a late equaliser to force extra time in eventual knockout stage wins over Slovakia and Switzerland. The Netherlands beat Romania in the round of 16 (3-0) and Turkey (2-1) in the quarter-finals to meet England.

“We’re here for a reason, Holland are here for a reason and may the best team win,” said England midfielder Declan Rice.

England have never won the Euros, finishing runners-up in 2020, while the Netherlands won the tournament in 1988.

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Harry Kane’s 18th-minute penalty cancelled out Xavi Simons’ brilliant early goal, and both teams created scoring opportunities throughout the first half.

This is England’s best game at Euro 2024, with Phil Foden taking a more proactive role in the Three Lions’ attack. England had 60% of the possession in the first 45 minutes and had seven shots to the Netherlands’ three.

Memphis Depay suffered a knock that forced him to be taken off the match, replacing Joey Veerman in the 35th minute of the first half with the score still tied at 1-1.

After being fouled for England’s equalising penalty, Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries remained in the thick of the action, making a crucial clearance on the goal line and then slamming his header against the crossbar from a corner.

After a VAR check determined that Denzel Dumfries had fouled Harry Kane attempting a shot, Kane took to the spot and scored the equaliser in the 18th minute.

Kane, England’s all-time leading scorer, failed to take a penalty in the quarter-final win over Switzerland and famously missed the spot-kick that would have tied the 2022 World Cup quarter-final against France.

The Netherlands took the lead in the seventh minute when Xavi Simons scored with a shot from outside the area following an England turnover.

Simons, 21, plays for Paris Saint-Germain and spent last season with RB Leipzig in Germany.

The second semi-final of Euro 2024 kicked off at 21:00 local time in Dortmund, with England and the Netherlands facing off for a place in Sunday’s final against Spain.

Defender Marc Guehi returns to England after missing the quarter-finals due to suspension and replaces Ezri Konsa.

England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, Marc Guehi, John Stones, Kieran Trippier; Declan Rice, Kobbie Mainoo, Bukayo Saka; Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Harry Kane (c)

Netherlands:Bart Verbruggen; Denzel Dumfries, Virgil van Dijk (c), Stefan de Vrij, Nathan Ake; Tijjani Reijnders, Jerdy Schouten, Xavi Simons; Donyell Malen, Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay

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Regular time result:

  • Netherlands wins: +200
  • England to win: +170
  • Raffle: +180

To advance

  • Netherlands: +100
  • England: -125

Jim Reining: Netherlands 2, England 1 – When will England’s inevitable failure at a major international tournament occur? They had to struggle to win against Slovakia in the last 16 (two late goals) and Switzerland in the quarter-finals (in a penalty shoot-out). Well, England’s luck will run out on Wednesday against the Netherlands. Led by Golden Boot candidate Cody Gakpo, the Netherlands have so far displayed a stronger attack than England (nine goals to the Three Lions’ five) and that will be the difference in reaching Sunday’s final against Spain.

Jesse Yomtov: England 1, Netherlands 1 (ENG wins on penalties) – Say what you will about England reaching the semi-finals, but the team showed incredible determination in their two knockout round wins to grab a late equaliser and force extra time against Slovakia and Switzerland. This game should be more open than some of England’s other encounters in this tournament and the Three Lions can be expected to look more dangerous in attack.

25-year-old midfielder Tijjani Reijnders has been a key player for the Netherlands at Euro 2024. He joined AC Milan last season and made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants.

Jude Bellingham has history with the semi-final referee

German referee Felix Zwayer has been appointed to officiate the Euro 2024 semi-final between England and the Netherlands in Dortmund, and is a referee Jude Bellingham has previously clashed with at the same stadium.

In 2021, when Bellingham was at Borussia Dortmund, the England midfielder was fined €40,000 for comments he made about Zwayer following his team’s 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

“There are a lot of decisions that can be analysed in the match. You give a referee who has already fixed matches the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?” Bellingham said at the time.

His comments referred to a period in Zwayer’s career that he would have preferred to leave behind.

In 2005, referee Robert Hoyzer was sentenced to two years and five months in prison for his role in a massive match-fixing scandal that rocked German football, and although Zwayer was one of those who reported his suspicions, he too was punished.

The German Football Association (DFB) has imposed a six-month ban on Zwayer for accepting €300 from Hoyzer for accepting incorrect decisions during a match while he was an assistant referee.

He took a brief break following Bellingham’s comments but has since refereed the 2023 Nations League final and at Euro 2024 Zwayer took charge of three matches ahead of the semi-final.

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England have never won the European Championship. Their best result was in 2021, when they finished runners-up and lost to Italy on penalties.

England’s Declan Rice: ‘May the best team win’

Declan Rice is taking the Euro 2024 semi-final between England and the Netherlands in his stride and believes they have the momentum to beat the Dutch and win their first ever European Championship.

“It’s all the same… I don’t put too much pressure on myself, I don’t think about it too much,” Rice told England’s Lions’ Den.

“We’re here for a reason, Holland is here for a reason and may the best team win. It’s a football game, we feel like we’ve got some really good momentum on our side,” Rice added.

The statistics underline Rice’s contribution to England, covering more distance in the tournament than any other player with 63.9 km (39.7 mi) in five matches, and being the fourth player with the most tackles and recoveries.

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Bukayo Saka, England kept relaxed with a golf outing

Bukayo Saka won praise for hitting the ball so softly in England’s quarter-final win over Switzerland and he did it again on his golf debut at the weekend, even if his celebrations were spoiled by an embarrassing fall onto his golf bag.

It may have been beginner’s luck but Saka, who equalised against the Swiss and converted his penalty in a 5-3 shoot-out victory, shone as England enjoyed a spot of golf on their day off on Sunday.

“My God, that was the best shot of my life,” Saka said after his first attempt.

On his next attempt he also struck the ball well and, while enjoying generous applause, he comically stumbled, prompting laughter and jeers from his team-mates. The distraction could be just what England need ahead of their semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday, when they are aiming to reach a second successive Euro final.

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English players back coach Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate is exactly what England need as a leader and has instilled a sense of togetherness in a team that has grown stronger during Euro 2024 and has never been more motivated, defender Luke Shaw said on Monday.

“He’s really taken us to the next level, no coach has been as successful as he has in what he’s been doing recently,” Shaw said at a news conference.

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The Netherlands suffered disruptions on their journey to Dortmund

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman played down the travel disruptions his side faced on Tuesday, saying the squad was well rested ahead of Wednesday’s European Championship semi-final against England.

The Dutch were forced to abandon plans to travel to Dortmund by train from their base in Wolfsburg after the service was cancelled due to a blockage on the route, the Dutch Football Association said.

Instead, they flew to Dortmund and arrived at the hotel about four hours later than planned.

“It wasn’t a problem, we rested well this afternoon, we were on the plane for only 30 minutes, we arrived at our hotel and we can rest well tonight,” Koeman said in an interview with UEFA after his scheduled pre-match press conference had to be cancelled due to the travel delay.

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Where is the Euro 2024 final?

The Euro 2024 final will be played at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Sunday 14 July. The venue previously hosted the 2006 World Cup final (Italy defeated France) and the 2015 UEFA Champions League final.

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