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Euro 2024: Goalless affairs as England, Slovenia share spoils in last group C game

 

England topped Group C, while Slovenia advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2024 after a dull 0-0 draw in their final group match on Tuesday.

England had already secured their spot in the round of 16, and the draw ensured they finished first in the group with five points, despite another lackluster performance.

Gareth Southgate’s team led Group C despite a disappointing display in Germany.

Slovenia ended up with three points, level with Denmark, who also drew 0-0 with Serbia. Although both teams had the same goal difference, goals scored, and disciplinary record, Denmark initially appeared to advance in second place due to their higher UEFA ranking, with Slovenia progressing alongside them, subject to confirmation.

In a tepid match with few real chances, England had the better opportunities. Harry Kane and Phil Foden forced easy saves from goalkeeper Jan Oblak, and Bukayo Saka had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

England dominated possession but had few shots on target, as Slovenia defended resolutely and stifled their frustrated opponents’ attacks.