Advertisement

Watkins’ late winner sends England into Euro 2024 final

Ollie Watkin's late winner which sends England into Euro 2024 final

England have qualified for the final of the 2024 UEFA European Championship. 

Ollie Watkins scored a late winner as the Three Lions defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-final match at the BVB stadium on Wednesday.

England had to come from a goal down to secure another final berth, Harry Kane’s penalty cancelling Xavi Simmons’ early goal before Watkins turned England’s hero on the night.

Simmons put the Netherlands ahead in the seventh minute. The midfielder dispossessed Declan Rice before he unleashed an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area for 1-0.

Advertisement

England had come from behind on multiple occasions in the tournament. Once again, the team summoned the muscle memory against the Oranje and won a VAR-awarded penalty for a foul on Kane.

The Bayern Munich striker stepped up to convert his kick to restore parity in the 18th minute.

The Lions ramped up the pressure afterwards, with Foden presented with two opportunities, but the Manchester City attacker’s shot was stopped on the line by Netherlands’ Denzel Dumfries, while another curler from outside the area hit the upright.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Netherlands got the first set of chances of the second half after the hour. Virgil van Dijk’s low shot from a corner kick was saved by Jordan Pickford, while Dumfries headed over the bar from the resultant corner kick. Simmons also scuffed a shot for an easy save, while Saka had a goal ruled out for offside at the other end as both sides searched for the winner.

It was England that found the breakthrough in added time through substitute Watkins. The Aston Villa striker collected Cole Palmer’s pass and turned Stefan de Vrij before hitting a hard, low shot into the far corner beyond the reach of the goalkeeper to win it for England.

England, finalists at the last edition of the competition, into back-to-back Euro finals.

They will face Spain at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Sunday.

Advertisement
Add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected from copying.