The Euro 2024 semifinals are underway, with thrilling matches set to determine the finalists. Spain has already secured its place in the final by defeating France 2-1 in Munich. Today the second semifinal will see England and the Netherlands face off at Signal Iduna Park, vying to win the right to face Spain for the trophy.

The stage is set for an exciting conclusion to the tournament, with the championship match scheduled for Sunday at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Spain 2- 1 France

Spain triumphed over France 2-1 in the Euro 2024 semifinals on Tuesday in Munich, securing their place in the final against either England or the Netherlands. France took an early lead within the first 10 minutes. However, Spain quickly turned the tide. Sixteen-year-old Lamine Yamal scored a spectacular long-distance goal in the 21st minute, making him the youngest player to score in Euro history.

Just four minutes later, Dani Olmo found the back of the net through a deflected strike which was already going in, giving Spain a lead they maintained for the rest of the match. “Spain proved tonight that they are a very good team,” France manager Didier Deschamps said after the loss. “We were fortunate to open the scoring, but they caused us problems because they were superior in terms of control.”

England vs Netherland

England reached the semifinals by defeating Switzerland in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. They will face the Netherlands, who came from behind to beat Turkey.

For England, Luke Shaw is likely to start on the left side, replacing Kieran Trippier. Harry Kane, despite an injury scare, is expected to retain his spot up top. Marc Guehi returns from suspension and could start alongside John Stones, with Ezri Konsa an option if a back three is chosen. Kobbie Mainoo will partner with Declan Rice in midfield.

England predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Pickford (GK); Walker, Stones, Guehi, Shaw; Mainoo, Rice; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane.

The Netherlands’ Ronald Koeman might replace Steven Bergwijn with Donyell Malen on the right wing. Xavi Simons will support Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo, with Wout Weghorst as a substitute option. Stefan de Vrij and Virgil van Dijk will anchor the defense, with Nathan Ake and Denzel Dumfries on the flanks.

Netherlands predicted lineup (4-3-3): Verbruggen (GK); Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; Schouten, Simons, Reijnders; Malen, Depay, Gakpo.

Today’s Prediction

Given the form and strengths of both teams, I would lean slightly towards England. They have shown resilience by overcoming Switzerland in a penalty shootout and have key game-changers like Harry Kane. The return of Luke Shaw and Marc Guehi also strengthens their defense.

However, the Netherlands’ ability to stage comebacks and their attacking prowess, with Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo in excellent form, make the Dutch formidable opponents. It will likely be a very close match, but I think England will edge it, possibly in extra time or through a decisive moment from one of their star players.

Who do you think will triumph between England and the Netherlands? Can Spain continue its impressive form and lift the trophy? Which player will be the standout star of the final? Log in to share your thoughts and predictions!

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