England sneaks into Euro 2024 semis with penalty win vs Switzerland

1-1 draw after 120 minutes sent the game into penalty shootout where Akanji made the only mistake

England have advanced to the Euro 2024 semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Switzerland. The intense match ended 1-1 after extra time, with neither side able to secure a winner in regular play.

Switzerland took the lead in the 75th minute through a goal by Breel Embolo. However, England quickly responded, equalizing just five minutes later with a goal from Bukayo Saka.

This marked the second consecutive match for England that went into extra time. Declan Rice nearly gave England the lead five minutes into the additional 30 minutes, but his long-range effort was expertly saved by Switzerland’s goalkeeper, Yann Sommer.

In a bold move, England manager Gareth Southgate substituted captain Harry Kane, the team’s all-time leading scorer and primary penalty taker, for Ivan Toney during the second half of extra time.

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri attempted to surprise England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a direct shot from a corner kick at the 110-minute mark, but the ball rebounded off the post.

In the penalty shootout, England were flawless, converting all five of their spot-kicks. Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji was the only player to miss, with Pickford correctly guessing the direction of his shot, ensuring England’s victory and their place in the semi-finals.

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