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England’s finale is too steep! Southgate’s changes took them into the Euro final in the 90+1 minute

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:44:06

England’s finale is too steep! Southgate’s changes took them into the Euro final in the 90+1 minute

Anatoly Romanov July 11, 2024, 00:25 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Holland scored early but did not make it to extra time.

England vs Spain: What do you think of the Euro 2024 final? The British achieved a convincing victory over the Netherlands and will compete for the trophy with the Spanish on July 14. Three years ago, Gareth Southgate lost the European Championship final with his team and now he has earned a second attempt.

The game between the English and the Dutch was marked by a quick goal from Ronald Koeman’s team. As in the previous semi-final, the ball was scored with the first shot on goal. What a great guy Javi Simons is! On the opposite side of the field, he skilfully stole the ball from Declan Rice in front of everyone. This is a theft permitted by law; for this purpose, portraits of the hero are hung on the wall of honour. After taking possession of the ball, the midfielder advanced and charged from outside the area, like a great player.

The Dutch team started strongly, but after scoring a goal they became somewhat timid. Southgate’s team pressed hard. Harry Kane’s first shot on goal was blocked by Bart Verbruggen, but shortly after Bukayo Saka’s pass the English won a penalty. Kane was already shooting from outside the box and Denzel Dumfries carelessly extended his leg – it turned out to be a cushion. Referee Felix Zweier, whose appointment was talked about almost more than the match itself, did not see the foul. The VAR helped prevent a new scandal. Kane shot from the penalty spot so perfectly (low, under the crossbar) that not even a three-meter goalkeeper would have reached the ball.

Harry Kane

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Southgate’s team then dominated for a long period. England played some interesting football – can you imagine? Phil Foden was inches away from scoring twice in the first half. In one episode, the ball on the goal line was stopped by Dumfries, who made up for the penalty with this save, and in another, the best player in the Premier League hit the post. Before the break, the Dutch, according to statistics, lost the ball five times in their own half under pressure from the English. With 63% possession, Southgate’s team took seven shots and scored four times.

The Dutch team had just one shot on target (from three attempts) after 45 minutes of play. But Dumfries, angry with himself, had another killer moment. He came from a set piece, beat Jude Bellingham in the air and headed in off the crossbar. And then Koeman’s team lost centre-forward Memphis Depay, who was given a flexible role in the semi-finals, to injury. Time and again, the team dropped deep to receive the ball between the lines, while the Brits marshalled the rest of the Dutch players. In several cases, it was an excellent way to get out of the pressure. And the speedy Doniell Malen burst into the vacated area from deep.

Gareth Southgate

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After the break, the game resembled the most popular means of transport in the Netherlands: the bicycle. Only stationary. The British pedalled with all their might and had the initiative, but they simply did not move. The ball rolled a lot in the middle third, while Koeman’s team sat with all 11 players behind the line of the ball. In front of the oranges was the fresh, two-metre-tall Wout Weghorst, ready to catch long balls.

The first blow of the second half was finally delivered by the Dutch. It was their first shot on goal since Simons’ goal, and the Netherlands almost scored again! The star of the English championship, Virgil van Dijk, successfully took the set piece, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford chose his position in goal no less successfully. Jordan’s save preserved the draw. Little by little, Koeman’s team began to change the game, moving it towards the opponent’s penalty area.

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Southgate came to the conclusion that he needed to reset his attack. And he took off Kane and Foden. As Ollie Watkins and Cole Palmer prepared to come on as substitutes, England scored: Saka connected with a Kyle Walker pass from the right flank. Everything went great, except for one detail: the Manchester City defender, on receiving the ball, was caught offside.

It looked like England would drag their third consecutive playoff opponent into extra time. Even Holland, who did it in 90 minutes in the round of 16 and quarter-finals. But Southgate has his own magic. And right at the end, the English substitutes scored a goal! Palmer found Watkins in the orange box with a precise pass, and Ollie made a phenomenal decision: he turned and fired low into the far corner from under Stefan de Vrij… It was the first time the England team had hit the target in the entire half.

What can you say about Southgate after this?

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