England's path to Euro 2024 final explained: Knockout fixture dates and kick-off times

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England are set to face Slovakia in the Euro 2024 round-of-16, paving their path towards the European Championships final.

Gareth Southgate's squad was probably expecting to play the Netherlands, but a surprising 2-0 victory by Georgia over Portugal threw a cat among the pigeons when the knockout path was confirmed.

Despite a series of lacklustre performances, England managed to top Group C. Their journey included a narrow 1-0 win over Serbia, a 1-1 draw with Denmark and a goalless draw with Slovenia, accumulating five points. Now, the Three Lions' attention shifts to the knockout stage.

A surprising 1-1 draw between France and Poland, who were already out of the tournament, has placed England on what is considered the more favourable side of the draw. This means they will avoid heavyweights like France, Portugal, Spain and host nation Germany until the final.

The upcoming match against Slovakia will kick off at 5pm on Sunday in Gelsenkirchen, where England started their campaign. Slovakia emerged from an unusual Group E, finishing third as all teams finished level on four points.

Francesco Calzona's team kicked off the tournament with a remarkable 1-0 victory over Belgium, followed by a 2-1 loss to Ukraine and a 1-1 draw with Romania, which saw both teams progress.

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Whoever wins Sunday's match between England and Slovakia will face Switzerland in a quarter-final showdown on Saturday 6 July after they saw off a lackluster Italy 2-0 in the first of the knockout games on Saturday.

Next up would be the semi-final, England's possible fixture taking place on Wednesday 10 July. The Netherlands are the favourites to be their opponents at this stage, but it could also be one of Austria, Turkey or Romania.

The semi-final will kick off at 8pm in Dortmund, and if all goes well, England will then go through to the final in Berlin's iconic stadium on Sunday 14 July, with kick-off also at 8pm.

Regardless of the opposition, England have got to up their game following a somewhat disappointing group stage. After a lacklustre draw with third-placed Slovenia on Tuesday, Southgate hoped that his team had turned a corner.

"I thought we were much improved with the ball," he said, defending his squad. "We created some good openings and at the moment it is hard work for us. We're not quite getting that break in front of goal.

"I thought the boys that came on had a really good impact on the game. We've had the discipline to keep a clean sheet which meant that we topped the group. I understand some reactions, but it's a strange environment we are playing in."

England's route to the final

Round-of-16: Sunday, June 30 - England vs Slovakia (5pm, Gelsenkirchen).

Quarter-final: Saturday, July 6 - England vs Switzerland (5pm, Dusseldorf).

Semi-final: Wednesday, July 10 - England vs Romania, Netherlands, Austria or Turkey (8pm, Dortmund).

Final: Sunday, July 14 - England vs Spain, Georgia, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, France or Belgium (8pm, Berlin).