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England reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

England reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

England beat Switzerland on penalties on Saturday (Jul 6) to keep their dreams of winning Euro 2024 alive as they advanced to a semi-final showdown with the Netherlands, who came from behind to defeat Turkey in the day's other match. In Duesseldorf, England produced another late fightback as their quarter-final with the Swiss finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and at the end of extra time, before Gareth Southgate's side triumphed 5-3 in the shootout.

England stepped back from the brink of a Euro 2024 exit again as they secured a semi-final place with victory over Switzerland on penalties in Dusseldorf.

Gareth Southgate’s side, who were rescued by Jude Bellingham’s spectacular late equaliser in the last 16 against Slovakia, were in trouble once more when Breel Embolo stole in at the far post to put Switzerland ahead with only 15 minutes left.

Bukayo Saka then produced a moment of individual brilliance of the sort England have relied on heavily throughout the tournament to equalise with a fierce low shot five minutes later.

Extra time failed to find a winner, England going through with a set of flawless penalties after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved Manuel Akanji’s first spot-kick.

Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Saka and Ivan Toney were all successful before substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold hammered home the decisive penalty in front of England’s delirious supporters.

They can now look forward to a semi-final against the Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday (Jul 10). It will be the first time the two countries have faced each other at a major tournament since the group stage of Euro 96.