England Struggles Through Euro 2024 Group Stage, Faces Slovakia in Do-or-Die Knockout Clash on Sunday in High-Stakes Showdown

England Struggles Through Euro 2024 Group Stage, Faces Slovakia in Do-or-Die Knockout Clash on Sunday in High-Stakes Showdown

The Euro 2024 group stage is over, and England has managed to scrape through as Group C winners, despite lackluster performances.

Critics have not held back, describing their play as ‘abysmal’ and reminiscent of a ‘five-a-side team of kids’.

They started with a narrow 1-0 win over Serbia and followed up with two dreary draws against Denmark and Slovenia.

Knockout Stage Opponents

Last-16 – Slovakia

Next up for England is Slovakia in the round of 16 on Sunday, June 30.

They narrowly dodged a matchup with the Netherlands, thanks to Georgia stunning Portugal with a 2-0 upset.

Quarter-final – Italy or Switzerland

Should England overcome Slovakia, they will face the winner between Italy and Switzerland.

Italy, despite a rocky start, clinched third place in Group B, while Switzerland remained unbeaten in their Group A matches.

Semi-final – Austria / Romania / Netherlands / Turkey

If England progresses further, potential semi-final opponents include Austria, Romania, Netherlands, or Turkey.

The stage is set for a potentially challenging encounter on Wednesday, July 10.

Final – Spain / Germany / France / Portugal

While England’s journey to the final seems improbable based on their recent form, a path to glory isn’t entirely out of reach.

Their final hurdle would likely pit them against Spain, Germany, France, or Portugal, the heavyweights from the other side of the draw.

Conclusion

Despite doubts stemming from their lackluster group stage, England could defy expectations and aim for their first major trophy.

The road ahead is daunting, but football has a way of surprising even the most skeptical fans.

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