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Southgate’s England Secures Euro 2024 Semis Spot with Penalty Victory

England came from behind to tie the game 1-1, then played a scoreless extra time period, before winning the penalty shootout.

Under Gareth Southgate’s guidance, England has qualified for the semi-finals for the third time in four attempts, winning a penalty shootout against Switzerland at Euro 2024 in Dusseldorf.

Switzerland thought they had secured the win when Breel Embolo scored with 15 minutes left to end the game but Bukayo Saka’s long-range strike five minutes later ensured the match ended in a draw.

The game was a tightly fought contest, with both teams struggling to create chances. In extra time, Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner kick almost found the back of the net, but it hit the post and bar, leaving the score level.

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After the match went to penalties, Jordan Pickford denied Manuel Akanji, and Trent Alexander-Arnold capitalized by scoring England’s fifth penalty to secure the victory.

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The team’s victory follows a three-year wait since their defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, which was decided by penalties.

At the Dusseldorf Arena, the Prince of Wales was among the fans cheering on England, and his excitement was obvious as he jumped to his feet, punching the air in celebration of the team’s 80th-minute equalizer.

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England’s next challenge is to play the Netherlands in the semi-finals in Dortmund on July 10, 2024.

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