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    Euro 2024 Pictorial Review: England and Spain’s Triumph, Germany’s Disappointment as Host

    Germany fans react at a fan fest in Stuttgart, Germany, July 5, 2024 during the screening of a quarterfinal match between Germany and Spain at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. (Christoph Schmidt/dpa via AP)

    The quarterfinals and semifinals of the European Championship concluded with Spain and England emerging as the victors, setting the stage for a captivating final match in Berlin on Sunday.

    Regrettably, the host nation Germany, along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and the Netherlands, faced defeat in closely contested knockout games, marking the end of their respective campaigns. Associated Press photographers diligently captured the captivating moments both on and off the field.

    In a thrilling and dramatic turn of events, Spain secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Germany during extra time. However, the match was not without its contentious moments, as German supporters vehemently called for a penalty due to an alleged handball infringement by Spanish player Marc Cucurella. Despite the host nation’s elimination, the fans remained steadfast in their passionate support throughout the game.

    France emerged victorious over Portugal in a penalty shootout following a tense match that ended in a goalless draw. Subsequently, the Netherlands secured a win against Turkey, while England eliminated Switzerland in another penalty shootout, concluding the quarterfinal stage of the competition.

    During the first semi-final match, Lamine Yamal, a sixteen-year-old player, gained significant attention due to his remarkable goal, which contributed to Spain’s 2-1 victory over France. In the other semi-final match, England demonstrated enhanced performance against the Netherlands, securing their place in consecutive European finals through Ollie Watkins’ dramatic goal during stoppage time.

    Germany’s Jamal Musiala, left, shoots sthe ball against Spain’s Marc Cucurella, center, during a quarterfinal match between Germany and Spain at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (Tom Weller/dpa via AP)

    Germany’s Toni Kroos walks off the pitch after a quarterfinal match between Germany and Spain at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Theo Hernandez of France, right, celebrates with goalkeeper Mike Maignan after scores the winning goal to defeat Portugal during a quarterfinal match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Kylian Mbappe of France challenges for the ball with Portugal’s Joao Cancelo during a quarterfinal match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    Portugal’s goalkeeper Diogo Costa, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo, from left, react after losing a quarterfinal match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. France won a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford blocks a penalty shot by Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji during a quarterfinal match between England and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji reacts after missing to score by penalty during a quarterfinal match between England and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    England’s Jude Bellingham, right, and England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate after a quarterfinal match between England and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, right, and Nathan Ake of the Netherlands celebrate after a quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Turkey at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Turkey’s Abdulkerim Bardakci pulls his shirt over his head after the end of the quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Turkey at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024. The Netherlands won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Turkish supporters celebrate the opening goal as they watch a quarterfinal match between Turkey and Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament being played in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 6, 2024 at Besiktas stadium in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain’s Dani Olmo celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain’s Lamine Yamal, center, scores his side’s first goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Spain’s Lamine Yamal celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Spain’s Dani Olmo celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Kylian Mbappe of France reacts after losing a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    A Spain supporter holds up a poster on the stands at the end of a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    England’s Harry Kane celebrates in the arms of teammate Ollie Watkins at the end of a semifinal match between the Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. England won 2-1. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    England’s Ollie Watkins, right, scores his side’s second goal during a semifinal match between the Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands reacts after a semifinal match between the Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. England won 2-1. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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