England Clinches Top Spot Despite Scoreless Draw with Slovenia: Euro 2024 Triumph

England won the first-place match at Euro 2024 in Group C, despite a dull 0-0 tie with Slovenia.

England finished with five points as a result of the encounter, having already qualified for the Round of 16 before the game. The Three Lions only managed two goals in three group stage games, therefore their performance was unimpressive.

England Clinches Top Spot Despite Scoreless Draw with Slovenia: Euro 2024 Triumph
Harry Kane of England reacts during Tuesday, June 25, 2024, during England vs. Slovenia in Group C of the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany. Photo Credit: AP

Not very impressive Although they advanced to the next round of the Euro 2024 elimination stages, England barely made a statement before losing to Slovenia 0-0 on Tuesday, who made history. Instead, they finished first in Group C.

England’s supporters were left disappointed for the third straight match as a squad that was considered the pre-tournament favorite only mustered three shots on goal in a dull match.

Slovenia’s players and boisterous supporters rejoiced loudly as the result meant they finished the group in third place after three draws, while England faces serious issues.

Despite only scoring two goals in three games, England finished the group stage with five points, almost missing out on a spot in the round of sixteen with one game remaining. Slovenia and second-place Denmark, who were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Serbia, both concluded with three points, placing them in third place.

The Danes advanced in second place despite having the identical goal differential, goals scored, and disciplinary record as UEFA promised to make clear the procedure by which the countries were split later.

Although the final whistle sent the Slovenian players into a frenzy, a large number of England supporters left the game early and let their anger out by jeering and hurling a few plastic cups onto the field as the players came to meet them.

Harry Kane, the captain, remarked, “We can be proud of finishing top; it’s not easy in these major tournaments.”

Although it was a difficult match, we put on arguably our finest performance of the three. We pressed harder and had more energy with the ball, but we needed a little bit of magic in the last third. However, that will happen.”

Although England had 72% of the possession and completed 694 passes compared to 208 for their opponents, only a small number of those passes actually worried Slovenia’s defense, which was led by the excellent Vanja Drkusic and Jaka Bijol.

Positively, England ended up on the losing side of the knockout draw against France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Cole Palmer made a brilliant cameo off the bench, adding much-needed flair, and Kobbie Mainoo did well after entering the game in the second half.

Also Read: Denmark Secures Euro 2024 Last 16 Spot After Gritty 0-0 Draw with Serbia

England manager Gareth Southgate remarked, “They did good things and had a good impact for us.” “There were a lot of things to build on from tonight.” “It’s so important that they stay with the team, however they feel towards me,” he stated in response to the fans’ outburst.

On a steamy evening beside the Rhine, England supporters were raucous prior to the game, anticipating their team to explode following a lackluster victory over Serbia and a bizarre 1-1 draw with Denmark.

However, they remained quiet for the entirety of the first half as England struggled to mount another offensive. After 19 minutes, Bukayo Saka did have the ball in the net, but Phil Foden was offside as he attempted a low cross.

The first attempt on goal for England came from Kane in the 31st minute, a shot that goalie Jan Oblak had no trouble stopping.

Oblak also stopped a diving Foden free kick, but Slovenia, who had never advanced past the group stage of a major championship, held England at bay with remarkable ease.

Just before halfway, Kane came dangerously close to finishing a cross from Kieran Trippier, while Slovenia’s only effort on goal came from Benjamin Sesko’s early header that went straight at goalie Jordan Pickford.

Conor Gallagher, who had started in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold but had not impressed, was replaced in midfield by Mainoo at halftime.  Slovenia was confined to their own half in the second half, giving England entire control, but opportunities were not forthcoming.

Palmer, who finished the previous season with 22 Premier League goals for Chelsea, entered the game to thunderous applause and provided England with much-needed spark. In stoppage time, he made multiple risky passes and caused Oblak to make another save, but Slovenia demonstrated remarkable fortitude in holding fast.

“Coach Matjaz Kek of Sloveni emphasized once more the youthful team’s mental toughness. “They’ve shown their true colours.”

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