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Netherlands Suffers Defeat as Poland Clinches Euro 2024 Berth in Dramatic Shootout

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Poland's Wojciech Szczesny stopped a Daniel James spot kick as they defeated Wales 5–4 in a penalty shootout to advance as the final nation through the playoffs and secure their spot at Euro 2024 on Tuesday. After a competitive 90 minutes and further scoreless overtime at Cardiff City Stadium, Poland's triumph guaranteed them a spot in the continental championship for the sixth time in a row.

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They will compete in the June of Euro 2024 in Germany, where they will be in Group D against France, the Netherlands, and Austria. We knew that Wales at home is perilous, so it wasn't easy. According to Poland manager Michal Probierz, playing our own game was the most important thing for us, and that's what we've done.

We know we could have shot more, but we missed our chances. Qualifying was the most crucial factor, and these days, nobody is concerned with anything else. After Chris Mepham was sent off in extra time for a second yellow card, Wales entered their first-ever shootout with 10 men, yet they were level with Poland until James' miss.

Wales, whose legendary goalscorer Gareth Bale retired following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, have not advanced to the Euro 2024 for the first time since 2012. The home crowd erupted when defender Ben Davies, the captain instead of midfielder Aaron Ramsey, headed into the net just before halftime. However, the linesman's flag indicated that it was offside, and VAR confirmed the decision.

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In the second half, Poland's Jakub Piotrowski had a looping header brilliantly saved by Szczesny, and in extra time, striker Kieffer Moore had a shot that went just over the bar. Wales manager Rob Page, whose team defeated Finland 4-1 in the playoff semi-final last week and held home advantage once more, said of the game, I've told the players it's a cruel game. It hurts to be one kick away from qualifying.

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I felt that our team was superior. At halftime, I told the guys, we are the better team; we will win this game. Robert Lewandowski, the captain and legendary attacker for Poland, converted the first penalty. failed to create a shot on target until after a self-assured shimmy to send Danny Ward the wrong way, whereas Wales had four.

In the shootout, Moore made it 2-2 with a shot that deflected off the bar, Sebastian Szymanski kept Poland ahead, and Davies calmly tied the game at 1-1. Harry Wilson of Wales heroically scored down the middle, and Przemyslaw Frankowski of Poland rocketed into the top corner. Nicola Zalewski then made it 4-3 for the visitors before Neco Williams once more tied the score for the Welsh.

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After a fifth goal from Pole Krzysztof Piatek, Leeds United attacker James was left with the responsibility of taking the shootout to sudden death. However, Szczesny made the correct play, allowing his team to celebrate with the frenzied traveling supporters. Poland, led by Szczesny, is the final team to qualify for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024, which will take place in Germany this summer.

On Tuesday night in Cardiff, against Wales, our very own Tek was the highlight of the show. Playing away in one of the three play-off finals, the Polish national team prevailed on penalties after maintaining a clean sheet during extra time, in part because of a fantastic save by Szczesny against Wilson. Up until the ninth penalty, both sides were flawless. However, on the game-winning penalty, Tek mesmerized James and emerged as the evening's hero.

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Ronald Koeman, the manager of the Netherlands men's national football team, stated that he already knows with certainty which players he will bring to the Euro 2024 in Germany the following summer. After the friendly match in Frankfurt ended in a 2-1 loss to Germany, he declared that the issue was not yet solved. But I've gained some insight.

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The most crucial factor, he continued, is if the athletes are physically capable. By June 7th, Koeman must submit his final roster of 23 players to UEFA Euro 2024. He will then only be permitted to substitute for an injured goalie. The manager of the national team is still holding out hope that UEFA may reconsider its stance on roster sizes. The European Football Association went from having a 26-man roster to a 23-man one.

Playing a UEFA Euro 2024 with only 23 players is ridiculous, he declared. In the past nine days, four players have had injuries that forced them to quit the squad. Given how severely taxed football players are, this makes sense. You observe other nations in the same manner. The UEFA ought to act in football's best interests and stop being so obstinate.

There were 22 players in the Netherlands' squad for their away match against Germany. Due to injuries, Oranje was without Quilindschy Hartman, Marcy van de Ven, Teun Koopmeiners, Brian Brobbey, Micky van de Ven, Steven Berghuis, Noa Lang, Jurrien Timber, and Joshua Zirkzee. Only recently back from injury, Steven Bergwijn will also be vying for a position in the Euro 2024 roster.

Koeman will therefore have a large group of individuals to disappoint when he selects his team.
Injury concerns were cited by Koeman as the cause of the team's stagnant progress. In the past year, we have not once been able to field our strongest eleven. However, I believe that many nations are envious of our defensive capabilities. We also have several top-tier midfield players if everyone stays healthy.

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Additionally, the manager praised a certain attacking player. If everyone is fit, we have alternatives upfront. Considering Memphis Depay's current performance following a year-long absence due to injuries. Hopefully, he will continue to gain strength and fitness. Compared to the team that defeated Scotland 4-0 on Friday, Koeman made seven changes to his starting lineup against Germany.

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My understanding of what is best for the team has improved as a result. In this game, we used five defenders instead of four. He said when asked if he goes over his tactical decisions in-depth with the players. I make the final decision. I might as well stay home if not. Poland's victory over Wales on penalties last night concluded the Netherlands' Euro 2024 group. They now sit in last place.

Poland made it to their first Euro Cup in 2008, and they have since made it to every competition since. With the final European Championship team, Oranje will play two friendlies on June 6 against Canada and June 10 against Iceland. They will meet Poland in their opening UEFA Euro 2024 encounter on June 16. Matches against France on June 21 and Austria on June 25 take place after it.

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