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England in the Euro 2024 final: Is this even legal?

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 16:17:51

England in the Euro 2024 final: Is this even legal?

Grigory Telingater July 11, 2024, 07:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Southgate’s men are on the verge of winning the Euros thanks to their defensive football.

How tempting it is to write that at the Euro 2024 finals football will play against anti-football. But that would be wrong. Still, England looked good in the semi-finals. By their standards, even excellent. Great reaction to a missed goal. Kane’s goal, Foden’s post, Dumfries’ clearance from the tape… In terms of expected goals, Holland lost about half.

For those who are outraged by the penalty in favour of England, there is some interesting news. If the attacker shot wide, this does not mean that you can fly at him with spikes. Especially with a foot that is a meter from the ground. Such fouls have a separate name – overlapping. A standard violation of the rules for a yellow card (this is confirmed by our referee expert Fedotov). This moment definitely does not seem like a scandal. A much more unpleasant feeling was three years ago, in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, when the English were awarded a penalty thanks to Sterling’s simulation.

In the second half, England returned to their defensive style of football and showed slowness in pressing. As soon as they got going, the Netherlands took advantage of the gaps in midfield and made dangerous attacks. Although it cannot be said that Koeman’s team looked better in this tough match. Saka’s goal in the 79th minute was ruled out due to a slight offside by Walker. In a way, the Netherlands were lucky.

Goal by Ollie Watkins

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Well, then – substitutions. Usually Kane is allowed to finish the second half, but then Watkins came on and scored the winner in the 90+1 minute. Wow! Southgate is very close to becoming Sir Gareth. If we look at the results specifically, they are great: the 2018 World Cup semi-final, the 2020 Euro final, the 2022 World Cup quarter-final (where Kane missed a penalty with the score 1:0 in France’s favour), at least the 2024 Euro final. And if England win the trophy, that will be what will go down in history, not defensive football.

Another thing is that Southgate’s team will not be favourites for the first time in this tournament. It is even scary to think what Yamal will do on his flank with Trippier or Shaw. It seems that for many this confrontation will continue to be perceived as football versus anti-football. To a certain extent this is true. With such a game to reach the Euro final, the eternal question arises: to what extent is it legal? Somewhere the Greek team nods its head in approval. The difference is that now playing defensively for the British will no longer be rude. A quite logical strategy. After all, we will have to play Spain and not Slovenia or Slovakia.

Gareth Southgate

Photo: Richard Pelham/Getty Images

And one more nuance: the “Ballon d’Or”. Brazil was eliminated from the 2024 World Cup playoffs by its first rival and Vinicius could not even take part in the match because he received a yellow card. This gives a chance… no, not Messi, but, of course, Bellingham, who, like the Brazilian, won the Champions League and the league. The Englishman has already performed a miracle in the playoffs, shooting through himself on the fall in the 90+5 minute. If he also makes it to the final, he will have to overtake Vinicius in the fight for the Ballon d’Or. Admittedly, this is based solely on logic and does not always come to the fore.

If you want to see the goals from the match between Holland and England, click here:


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