Euro 2024: England move on to semi-finals after shootout drama – live

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We have our final four. England were on their way home – just like it was against Slovakia – until Bukayo Saka decided enough was enough. Cue the most unEnglish display in a penalty shootout: they were ice-cold.

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The real entertainment, though, was in that humdinger between the Netherlands and Turkey, with end-to-end attacks, terrific last-ditch blocks from the eventual victors, and a particularly electric display from Cody Gakpo. The Dutch are going to cause England some serious problems.

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I’m here all day so drop me a line with your thoughts, queries, pleas to Gareth, semi-final plans, whatever you fancy. Cheers!

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Respect to Ronald Koeman for actually giving an answer here instead of the usual diplomacy of: “We’re just focused on the semi-final, ready for any side, blahblahblah.”

If we play the final, my preference is Spain because we had France in the group stage.”

Over to the Netherlands’ victory, with Jonathan Wilson writing about the big man up top.

For Ronald Koeman, as for Louis van Gaal before him, when there is an emergency for the Netherlands, call for Wout Weghorst. The Burnley striker might not be the Cruyffian idea of the Total Footballing front man, but this is not the first time he has turned a game for his country after coming off the bench. Weghorst didn’t score, but he gave the Netherlands a focal point to their attack around which Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay and Xavi Simons could operate, and he gave them a way that Austria couldn’t find in the last 16 to break down this Turkish defence. He actually won only one header, touched the ball just 13 times, but presence is not easily measured by statistics.

Barney Ronay wrote about Bukayo Saka’s moment of catharsis. His smile after slotting in his penalty was lovely.

If you need to do some catching up, here’s Jonathan Liew on England’s rather nonsensical journey to this point.

Preamble

We have our final four. England were on their way home – just like it was against Slovakia – until Bukayo Saka decided enough was enough. Cue the most unEnglish display in a penalty shootout: they were ice-cold.

The real entertainment, though, was in that humdinger between the Netherlands and Turkey, with end-to-end attacks, terrific last-ditch blocks from the eventual victors, and a particularly electric display from Cody Gakpo. The Dutch are going to cause England some serious problems.

I’m here all day so drop me a line with your thoughts, queries, pleas to Gareth, semi-final plans, whatever you fancy. Cheers!

The Guardian

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