Euro 24: Harry Kane’s extra time strike sends England to quarter-finals

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Euro 24: Harry Kane’s extra time strike sends England to quarter-finals

  It was not a vintage performance from the Three Lions as the case has been since the tournament got underway in Germany. Slovakia's abili

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It was not a vintage performance from the Three Lions as the case has been since the tournament got underway in Germany.

Slovakia’s ability to keep their shape ought to be studied at the Oxford University because they do it always impeccably.

No one could ever spot the huge difference in value of the two squads as Englands squad is valued at £1.5 billion with Slovakia’s squad valued at £150 million.

Slovakia took the lead through Ivan Schranz’s 25th minute strike. He was set free in the box by David Strelec and he made no mistake and lovely finished the move with the outside of the foot kick.

After Slovakia’s goal, they did not allow England to creat a single goal scoring opportunity for the rest of the first half. Their strenght has been the solidity at their back and Lobotka’s tactical awareness which has drove them through the group Stages to the Round 16. Milan Skriniar’s leadership was so excellent as he was able to organised Slovakia’s defense well.

In the second half, Foden’s equaliser in the 50th minute after tapping in Trippier’s precise pass was ruled out after VAR check. Things were very disorganised for England as they lacked ideas from everywhere on the pitch.

Cole Plamer’s introduction in the 67th minute helped England opening Slovakia’s compact midfield and defence as his runs and dribbles were very important.

England thought they were going home as it was left with just one minute in the additional six minutes for Slovakia to make history. A throwing was flicked by Marc Guehi with Jude Bellingham scoring a spectacular bicycle kick to break Slovakia’s heart.

It was a sad moment for the Slovakians because they were just some few seconds away from a famous victory.

Extra time was required to determine who wins. England scored in the first minute when Eze’s shot was headed to Harry Kane by Toney who also headed in to give England a 2-1 lead.

England will play against Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

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