England exorcise penalty demons to reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

England's history at major tournaments is littered with penalty pain but they put that tortured past behind them to beat Switzerland and reach the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

The Three Lions were perfect from the spot with all five kicks in Duesseldorf, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford continued his fine penalty record by saving from Manuel Akanji.

England's performance

It was quite a contrast to the penalty heartbreak that Gareth Southgate's England side went through three years ago when they lost the final of Euro 2020 on home soil.

As a player Southgate also suffered the ignominy that comes with missing in a shoot-out more than most after his penalty was saved in the Euro 96 semi-final exit to Germany.

But the England manager's attention to detail is helping turn the tide on their record with three wins from four shoot-outs under his watch.

Victory in Saturday's quarter-final was just their second ever in a Euros in six attempts, while they also beat the Swiss in a third-place playoff at the 2019 Nations League finals.

Read more on RFI English

Read also:
Mbappé and Ronaldo set to face off as France meets Portugal in Euro 2024 quarterfinals
France boss Dechamps stays upbeat despite 'slumps' at Euro 2024
Victories for Germany and Switzerland get knockout stages underway at Euro 2024