England's Dramatic Extra-Time Victory Over Slovakia in Euro 2024

England secured a thrilling 2-1 win over Slovakia in Euro 2024's last-16 clash with a last-minute bicycle kick by Jude Bellingham and a Harry Kane header in extra time.

6/30/20242 min read

England's Dramatic Extra-Time Victory Over Slovakia in Euro 2024

In a nail-biting Euro 2024 last-16 clash, England narrowly escaped defeat to Slovakia, securing a 2-1 victory through dramatic late-game heroics. The match, held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, saw England struggling against a relentless Slovakian side before a last-gasp bicycle kick by Jude Bellingham took the match to extra time, where Harry Kane headed the decisive winner.

Slovakia started the match with aggressive intent, pressing England from the first whistle. Their persistence paid off in the 25th minute when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a swift counter-attack to give Slovakia a well-deserved lead. England, looking sluggish and disjointed, found it difficult to break down their opponents' organized defense.

Gareth Southgate's men were desperate for an equalizer, with Declan Rice coming close as his long-range effort rattled the post. Despite their efforts, England failed to register a shot on target until the dying moments of regulation time. It was five minutes into added time when Jude Bellingham executed a stunning bicycle kick to level the score, a goal that breathed life into the Three Lions' Euro 2024 campaign.

With momentum on their side, England continued to press in extra time. Just one minute in, Harry Kane rose highest to meet a cross from Luke Shaw, heading the ball past the Slovakian goalkeeper to secure a dramatic victory. The win, however, was far from convincing, as England's overall performance left much to be desired.

Looking ahead, England will face Switzerland in the quarter-finals, after the Swiss team knocked out defending champions Italy with a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Southgate will need to address the issues evident in this match if England are to advance further in the tournament.

Relive All the Action:

- First Half: Slovakia's Aggression and England's Struggles

- Ivan Schranz scores for Slovakia (25')

- Declan Rice hits the post (35')

- Second Half: England's Desperate Search for an Equalizer

- Jude Bellingham's last-gasp bicycle kick (90+5')

- Extra Time: Kane's Heroic Header

- Harry Kane scores the winner (91')

England's narrow escape against Slovakia was a stark reminder of the challenges that lie ahead in their quest for Euro 2024 glory. As they prepare for the quarter-final clash with Switzerland, fans will hope for a more cohesive and dominant performance from the Three Lions.

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