Euro 2024

Ollie Watkins’ late goal sends England to Euro 2024 final

Ollie Watkins’ stunning late goal secured a 2-1 victory for England over the Netherlands, propelling the Three Lions into the Euro 2024 final against Spain in Berlin on Sunday.

This marks the first time England has reached a Euros final on foreign soil and the second consecutive European Championship final for the team.

Substitute Watkins was the hero, scoring in added time after receiving a pass from Cole Palmer. His precise shot into the far corner ignited celebrations across England. The Three Lions showcased a much-improved performance, especially in the first half, driven by the dazzling play of Phil Foden and Kobbie Mainoo.

Despite their strong start, England had to overcome an early setback. Xavi Simons put the Netherlands ahead in the 7th minute with a brilliant strike following a mistake by Declan Rice. However, England responded quickly. Eleven minutes later, Harry Kane was fouled by Denzel Dumfries, leading to a controversial penalty decision. Kane converted the penalty, leveling the score.

England dominated the first half, creating several chances. Foden saw two of his efforts narrowly miss, with Dumfries clearing one off the line and another hitting the woodwork. Dumfries also hit the woodwork for the Netherlands, but their opportunities were limited.

The second half saw England revert to a slower pace, a style that had characterized much of their Euro 2024 campaign. Jordan Pickford made a crucial save to deny Virgil van Dijk, while Wout Weghorst, a half-time substitute, posed a constant threat to the England defense. Bukayo Saka thought he had scored, but his goal was ruled out for offside.

In the dying moments of the match, Watkins seized the opportunity. Found in the box by Palmer, he turned away from Stefan de Vrij and fired the ball through the defender’s legs into the far corner, securing the victory for England.

England fans celebrated wildly as the team booked their place in the final. The Three Lions will now face Spain, with hopes of lifting the European Championship trophy for the first time.

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