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England vs Slovakia Euro 2024| 2-1 Victory Over Slovakia

Jude Bellingham (England, #10) im Zweikampf mit Juraj Kuco (Slowakei, #19), GER, England (ENG) vs Slovakia (SVN), Fussball Europameisterschaft, UEFA EURO 2024, Round of 16, 30.06.2024 Foto: Eibner-Pressefoto/Michael Memmler

In a match that hardly showcased their best performance, the English national team managed to triumph over Slovakia, securing their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024. Stunning goal by Bellingham, England turns the game around in extra time and eliminates Slovakia from Euro 2024

England topped Group C with five points as the first round concluded. Yet, it was their unconvincing record of one win and two draws that cast a shadow, raising questions about their title-contending capabilities. Negative commentary seemed to be aimed mostly at manager Gareth Southgate, given the expectant eyes upon one of the competition’s favorites.

On the flip side, Slovakia surprised many with their heartfelt campaign, securing third place in Group E. Their commendable showing was highlighted by an earlier victory against Belgium, a performance that exceeded the modest expectations set for the team.

The match itself saw England struggle to dominate in the opening half. Despite attempts to maintain ball possession, they lacked effectiveness and paid the price 24 minutes in. Strelec masterminded a perfect pass to Schranz, who, unencumbered in the box, was able to slide the ball past the English keeper, giving Slovakia an early lead.

Much like their group stage endeavours, England’s on-field tactics appeared slow and failed to dismantle the Slovak defense. However, the eventual result—a win for England—means they move forward in the tournament, leaving Slovakia to reflect on what might have been after an initially promising start.

The first half concluded with Slovakia earning a well-deserved 1-0 lead due to their commendable performance. The Slovak team executed a solid defensive strategy and posed a significant threat on the attacking front.

England Breaks Through Slovak Defense Late in the Second Half

At the start of the second half, the English team saw a goal disallowed after Harry Kane’s excellent pass to Trippier who then set up Phil Foden to score. However, following VAR review, the goal was retracted due to an offside call against the Manchester City attacking midfielder.

Despite England’s efforts and an impressive nearly 80% possession of the ball, their attempts lacked effectiveness.

Nevertheless, towards the end of the match, England managed to level the score with a stunning bicycle kick goal from Bellingham. After the ball was played into the area and deflected, the Real Madrid star secured the equalizer, sending the game into extra time.

In the extra period, it was Harry Kane’s moment to shine as he scored a header to complete the turnaround and propel the English squad into the quarterfinals of the Euro 2024.

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