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Euro 2024: Watkins’ last-minute goal propels England to the final showdown with Spain | Football News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Ollie Watkins scored a stunning injury-time goal on Wednesday to give England a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, securing their place in the Euro 2024 final against Spain in Berlin.
The semi-final started poorly for England as Xavi Simons gave the Netherlands an early lead in the seventh minute, intercepting Declan Rice and sending a powerful shot past Jordan Pickford.This marked the third consecutive match that England found themselves trailing early in the game.
England quickly responded after a contentious VAR decision awarded them a penalty. German referee Felix Zwayer ruled that Denzel Dumfries had fouled Harry Kane in the box. Kane confidently converted the penalty, despite his past miss against France in the 2022 World Cup, leveling the score at 1-1.

The game appeared destined for extra time until Watkins, substituted in for Kane, received a pass from fellow substitute Cole Palmer. With his back to the goal, Watkins turned and fired low into the far corner in the first minute of stoppage time, leaving the Netherlands stunned.
England’s journey under Gareth Southgate has been less than convincing, yet they have managed to reach their second consecutive European Championship final. Their path included narrow victories that went into extra time against Slovakia and Switzerland.

Spain, who defeated France 2-1 on Tuesday, will have an extra 24 hours to prepare for the final. England will need to elevate their performance to win their first major trophy since 1966.
The Netherlands, aiming to replicate their 1988 success in Germany, fell short despite a strong start. Opportunities to regain control were missed, showing England’s resilience.
The Westfalenstadion, a historic venue for the Dutch, saw a thrilling contest with dramatic moments, including Simons’ stunning goal.
As the final approaches, England are poised for a challenging showdown in Berlin, hoping to achieve European glory against a formidable Spanish side.



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