Netherlands stage comeback to beat Poland 2-1, while England secures narrow 1-0 win against Serbia in Euro 2024

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17th June 2024 – (Berlin) In an exhilarating clash in Group D, the Netherlands showcased their resilience by overturning an early deficit to defeat Poland 2-1. The Dutch side initially faltered as Adam Buksa capitalised on Piotr Zielinski’s precise corner kick to put Poland ahead with just 16 minutes on the clock.

However, Ronald Koeman’s men swiftly regrouped and equalised in the 30th minute through Gapko, who skillfully weaved past Poland’s defence before unleashing a deflected shot that found the back of the net, leaving goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny helpless.

The match remained fiercely contested, with Poland launching counterattacks to keep the Dutch on their toes. But Koeman’s strategic substitution in the dying minutes proved pivotal, as Wout Weghorst latched onto Nathan Ake’s through ball and calmly slotted home the winning goal in the 83rd minute.

Despite a late opportunity for Poland, goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen’s spectacular diving save ensured the Netherlands claimed all three points.

Reflecting on the game, Weghorst commented, “We were dominant in the first half and were the better team. We created six or seven really good chances, but we must be more clinical.”

With this victory, the Netherlands now lead Group D, while Poland languishes at the bottom.

Meanwhile, England kicked off their campaign in Group C with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Serbia. Jude Bellingham’s early header, assisted by Bukayo Saka, secured the lone goal of the match in the 13th minute.

Although England had opportunities to extend their lead, Serbia’s goalkeeper, Predrag Rajkovic, pulled off a remarkable save to deny Harry Kane’s dangerous header in the 77th minute.

Serbia rallied towards the end, attempting long-range shots, but England’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, stood firm, thwarting promising efforts from Dusan Vlahovic and Veljko Birmancevic.

England coach Gareth Southgate praised his team’s resilience, stating, “They’re a strong team. We had to suffer a bit, which I think is good for us to come through and defend our box the way we did under pressure. It was important for the group.”

With this victory, England currently leads Group C, while Serbia finds themselves at the bottom.

In the other match of Group C, Slovenia showcased their resilience by securing a 1-1 draw against Denmark, courtesy of Erik Janza’s second-half equalizer, which shocked the wasteful Danish side.