Miraculously, England qualifies for the last four

Fabrice Richard, Media365, published on Saturday July 6, 2024 at 9:04 p.m.

The English eliminated Switzerland after the penalty shootout (1-1, 5-4 after TAB). A qualification acquired in pain, but the Three Lions will see the semi-finals.

Qualified in pain against SlovakiaEngland could reach the last four of Euro 2024. To do so, they had to dominate an attractive Swiss team, which had beaten Italy in the previous round and had the chance to make history by reaching its first semi-final in the competition. Criticized by the English press, Southgate changes plans to 3-4-3. It was the Swiss who first made their mark. Freuler was close to the perfect move but his pass was blocked by a concentrated Konsa (6th). Without doubt the best Swiss of the first period, Ndoye does not find a partner in retreat after a nice rush (9th). The English respond with long-range shots. Rice and Mainoo fall in turn on the Swiss defense (14th, 16th). The two teams are imprecise and it is finally necessary to wait until the 45th minute of play to see the only opportunity of the first period. Saka serves Mainoo who is caught, at close range, by an excellent return from Xhaka (45th).

England in the last four

The start of the second half is Swiss. Embolo uses his body to outwit Konsa before striking at Pickford (52nd). The striker is however decisive fifteen minutes from the end of the match. Ndoye sends a blind cross, deflected by Rice. Embolo dives in to open the scoring (0-1, 77th). This goal has the merit of stinging the English. Thanks to an almost winning coaching from Southgate, the English respond immediately. Not attacked, Saka, rolls his ball which with the help of the post, deceives Sommer (1-1, 81st). Ndoye will be deprived of a good opportunity, by Embolo who deflects the ball in front of the goal (90+3rd). The two teams will each have their half of extra time. During the first, Bellingham sees his shot caught by Sommer (102nd). During the second, Shaqirishows his malice to hit Pickford’s bar from a direct corner (118th). The decision will ultimately come down to penalties! The English will achieve a clean sheet unlike the Swiss who will suffer a defeat by Akanji (1-1, 5 tab to 3). Thus, the English will have waited to be led to react and finally win during the penalty shootout. They will challenge Turkey or the Netherlands next Wednesday.

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