Bellingham rescues fortunate England to book Euro 2024 quarterfinal spot

Bellingham Kane England EUro 2024
Soccer Football – Euro 2024 – Round of 16 – England v Slovakia – Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany – June 30, 2024 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal with Jude Bellingham REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Jude Bellingham rescued England from crashing out of Euro 2024 against Slovakia on Sunday with a stunning 95th-minute equalizer before Harry Kane’s early extra-time winner sent the sub-par pre-tournament favorites into the quarter-finals.

Slovakia started far sharper than England and gave their opponents several warnings before Ivan Schranz placed a deft finish past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 25th minute.

England, who will next face Switzerland, had come back to win their last three Euro games in which they conceded first, including the last edition’s semi-final, and thought they were level shortly after the break but Phil Foden was clearly offside before tapping home.

Harry Kane uncharacteristically headed a Foden free-kick wide and Declan Rice hit the post as Slovakia were pinned deep in their own half late on, though England seemed to lack belief as their fans grew ever more frustrated.

But Bellingham, a day after his 21st birthday, equalized with an incredible bicycle kick at the death to take the game to extra time with England’s first shot on target.

And England took less than a minute after the restart to take the lead when Kane headed past the despairing Martin Dubravka from close range to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Slovakia had faded as the game drew on and went closest to an equalizer of their own just before halftime in extra time, when Peter Pekarik kneed a dangerous cross over the bar.

England repelled a late wave of balls into the box to secure a fortunate victory and set up a quarter-final clash with Switzerland in Duesseldorf on Saturday.

They will, however, need to be far better against the Swiss, who outplayed defending champions Italy in the last-16 and were unfortunate to concede a late equalizer against Germany in the group stage.

Updated Euro 2024 odds

  • England +350
  • Germany +400
  • Spain +450
  • France +650
  • Portugal +750
  • Netherlands +1100

Odds courtesy of DraftKings. For more, click here

For more on England and Euro 2024, visit AMNY.com