Netherlands given major Euro 2024 advantage as UEFA sting England for semi-finals

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The Netherlands have seemingly scored an off-pitch victory against England ahead of their Euro 2024 semi-final clash, as they've been allocated half the tickets for Borussia Dortmund's iconic "yellow wall" at the Westfalenstadion. The imposing 25,000-capacity stand is a fortress of support, usually awash with Dortmund's vibrant yellow hues, but it's set to be overtaken by a sea of Dutch orange after UEFA's decision to exclude England fans from direct ticket allocation.

The Times has reported that while the other half of the tickets for this section are up for grabs in a general sale, meaning some England supporters might snag a spot, the Barmy Army won't be forming ranks there. Instead, the Dutch fans are poised to transform the stand into a spectacle of colour and noise, giving their team a roaring backing.

Having already made waves throughout Euro 2024 with their energetic 'links rechts' celebrations, the Dutch contingent will be looking to inject that same fervour into the stadium after propelling their team to a quarter-final triumph over Turkey on Saturday night.

The Netherlands found themselves trailing Turkey after Samet Akaydin netted a goal just 10 minutes before half-time. However, the Dutch side managed to equalise with 20 minutes left on the clock, thanks to Stefan de Vrij's successful strike.

The victory was sealed when Mert Muldur inadvertently scored an own goal six minutes later, reports the Express. Despite securing wins against Romania and Poland in the tournament, the Netherlands only managed to finish third in their group due to a draw with France and a loss to Austria.

The Dutch FA have been allocated 8,000 tickets for the semi-final, matching the number given to the English FA. However, UEFA has sold an additional 1,500 tickets to Dutch fans, with some online tickets fetching prices as high as £680.

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England secured their spot in the semi-finals against the Netherlands following their quarter-final triumph over Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Southgate's squad also had to rally from behind after Breel Embolo broke the deadlock 70 minutes into the game. England responded swiftly, with Bukayo Saka delivering a stunning shot from the edge of the box to push the match into extra time.

In the ensuing penalty shootout, the Three Lions kept their cool, with Trent Alexander-Arnold slotting home the decisive kick.