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England Secures Euro 2024 Semi-Final Spot After Dramatic Penalty Shootout

Hamburg: England has advanced to the semi-finals of Euro 2024 after a thrilling 5-3 victory over Switzerland on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regular time. The decisive spot-kick was scored by Trent Alexander-Arnold, setting up a last-four clash with either the Netherlands or Turkey in Dortmund on Wednesday.

The quarter-final match at the Volksparkstadion was a tightly contested affair, with both teams demonstrating strong defensive performances. England took the lead in the first half with a goal from Harry Kane, but Switzerland responded with a second-half equalizer from Breel Embolo, sending the game into extra time.

Despite several opportunities for both sides, neither team could find a winning goal in the additional 30 minutes, leading to a penalty shootout to determine the winner. England displayed nerves of steel as all five of their players successfully converted their penalties. The Swiss side, however, faltered when Manuel Akanji missed his attempt, sealing their fate.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who stepped up for the decisive penalty, confidently placed his shot beyond the Swiss goalkeeper, sparking celebrations among the England supporters.

“We showed great character and resilience,” said England manager Gareth Southgate. “The players kept their composure under immense pressure, and I’m proud of how they handled the situation. We’re excited to move on to the semi-finals and look forward to the challenge ahead.”

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