England is the first team to reach a Euro final after starting behind in the knockout stage matches

England made history by qualifying for the Euro 2024 final, where they will face Spain, with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands after trailing 1-0. Led by Gareth Southgate, the English team showcased remarkable resilience, coming from behind in the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals to win each match 2-1.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:24, 11 Jul 2024

England qualified this Wednesday for the Euro 2024 final, where they will face the Spanish team, by triumphing 2-1 over the Netherlands after being down 1-0.

This characteristic of the English team, led by Gareth Southgate, was highlighted by Ollie Watkins, who scored the winning goal, in his post-match statements, and it has not gone unnoticed in the football world.

Indeed, England is the first team to reach the final of a European Championship after starting behind in the round of 16 (against Slovakia), the quarter-finals (against Switzerland), and the semi-finals (against the Netherlands). In all these matches, the English team came back to win 2-1.

This remarkable resilience has defined England's journey through the knockout stages. Against Slovakia, England conceded early but equalized through a Harry Kane penalty before Bukayo Saka scored the decisive goal. The quarter-final against Switzerland saw a similar script, with the Swiss taking the lead, only for Raheem Sterling to level the match and Declan Rice to score the winner. In the semi-final clash with the Netherlands, an early Dutch goal put England on the back foot, but Marcus Rashford's equalizer set the stage for Watkins to secure the victory with a late goal.

The team's ability to overcome deficits has been attributed to Southgate's tactical adjustments and the players' mental fortitude. Southgate has praised his squad's determination and composure, noting that their ability to stay focused and execute their game plan under pressure has been crucial to their success.

As they prepare to face Spain in the final, England will aim to continue their historic run and secure their first European Championship title. The final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams showcasing exceptional talent and resilience throughout the tournament.

Updated: 11:24, 11 Jul 2024