Written By Albert Echatah

In Dusseldorf, England defeated Switzerland 5-3 on penalties, securing an Euro 2024 semi-final berth. The Three Lions were flawless from the spot.

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With Kobbie Mainoo and Phil Foden in the middle, Gareth Southgate’s team was significantly more effective and fluid in possession when pressing in a 3-4-3 formation.

In the previous round, Switzerland defeated the defending champion Italy, and 15 minutes before the championship match, Breel Embolo broke the tie in a dramatic match.

Five minutes later, Bukayo Saka scored an incredible equaliser. The Arsenal winger then calmly ended the match with a penalty kick, erasing painful memories of his defeat in the Euro 2020 final. While Fabian Schar, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Zeki Amdouni scored, Jordan Pickford saved a meek effort from the outstanding Manuel Akanji.

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Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, and Ivan Toney were similarly faultless. This meant that when Trent Alexander-Arnold crashed past Yann Sommer, he could relish the pinnacle of his frequently tempestuous England career.

The winner of the remaining quarterfinal matchup between Turkey and the Netherlands will face Gareth Southgate’s men in the semis of the European Championship.

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