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Euro 2024 awaits heavyweight semi-final clashes

Spain, having secured a dramatic victory over hosts Germany, advanced to their second consecutive European Championship semi-final.


Euro 2024 awaits heavyweight semi-final clashes

Euro 2024 has reached a thrilling juncture with two monumental semi-final matchups set to captivate football enthusiasts across Europe. France will square off against Spain in Munich on Tuesday, followed by England taking on the Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday.

Spain, having secured a dramatic victory over hosts Germany, advanced to their second consecutive European Championship semi-final.

Manager Luis de la Fuente’s side, buoyed by their UEFA Nations League triumph last year, has been a standout performer in the tournament. However, they face the daunting task of confronting Kylian Mbappe and a resilient French squad.

Despite their impressive run, Spain faces challenges with key absences due to suspension, including Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand from their defense. The midfield maestro Pedri’s injury further complicates their lineup, although Dani Olmo’s impactful contributions offer hope for La Roja.

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France, led by Didier Deschamps, enters the semi-finals with a formidable record against Spain in competitive fixtures. The 2018 World Cup champions have overcome Spain in crucial encounters, including the 2021 Nations League final and the Euro 2000 quarter-finals. Despite concerns over Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann’s form, Les Bleus have navigated their way to their fourth semi-final appearance in five major tournaments.

In another semi-final clash, England, under Gareth Southgate, will face the Netherlands in what promises to be a showdown of resilience and determination.

England’s path to the semi-finals included overcoming Switzerland in a penalty shootout, showcasing their mental fortitude in crucial moments. The Dutch, meanwhile, displayed resilience of their own by defeating Turkey after a thrilling comeback, marking their first semi-final appearance at the Euros since 2004.

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Both semi-final encounters are poised to deliver intense footballing action as the Euro 2024 tournament nears its climax. Football fans worldwide await these heavyweight clashes eagerly, anticipating thrilling displays of skill, strategy, and determination from some of Europe’s finest teams.

Stay tuned as Euro 2024 continues to unfold with these exhilarating semi-final fixtures.

Proofreading, editing by Sakinat Musa Abubakar and Maryam Sulaiman, Journalist and Editor at Neptune Prime.

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