England v Netherlands LIVE: England fans erupt in wild celebrations at AO Arena as England beat Netherlands to reach Euro final

England v Netherlands LIVE: England fans erupt in wild celebrations at AO Arena as England beat Netherlands to reach Euro final

England fans are enjoying raucous celebrations as the Three Lions beat the Netherlands to advance to the European Championship final.

The match, which kicked off at 8pm at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, was over in 90 minutes thanks to a last-minute goal from Ollie Watkins.

Fans are set to celebrate as they watch Gareth Southgate’s men take the next step towards mending the wounds caused three years ago when Italy beat them on penalties to clinch the title.

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The Manchester Evening News spoke to fans and followed the action at the AO Arena tonight, which has been transformed into the “biggest fan zone in the UK”.

Hundreds of fans gathered to cheer on the Three Lions – and their support certainly didn’t disappoint.

Follow all the live updates and reactions below.

Video: How fans celebrated

This is how fans celebrated in Manchester – and London – as England secured their place in the final

England fans go wild as they secure place in Euro 2024 final

Great scenes of celebration as England win

Fans can’t get enough!

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England advanced to the final after Ollie Watkins’ last-minute goal.

Wild scenes at AO Arena as Watkins scores!

Two minutes of extra time

Two minutes of added time to go. COME ON, ENGLAND!


Ollie Watkins scores a wonderful slide towards goal in the last minute of the 90th minute! ENGLAND ARE IN THE LEAD!


Bukayo Saka is booked, and the Netherlands are awarded a free kick. But he safely heads to the line after what looks like a John Stones header… but a goal kick is awarded.

Virgil Van Dijk also receives a yellow card after arguing the decision.

Arena ‘explodes’ as Saka’s attack is blocked

Fans had a moment of ecstasy at the AO Arena before Saka’s goal was disallowed.

It’s still 1-1-.


Disappointment for England as Saka’s goal was disallowed.

Now we have a few changes. Ollie Watkins is coming in for Harry Kane, and Cole Palmer replaces Phil Foden.

Ten minutes left until the end of the 90…

Saka scores – but is he offside?

Saka scores a beautiful goal, but the offside flag is up! It’s being checked…

Keir Starmer watches with the opposition…

It’s been a big week for Keir Starmer, but you can imagine this is a moment he won’t forget.

The Prime Minister left NATO meetings tonight to watch the game with his Dutch counterpart!

Worried faces…

There’s a bit more tension in the second half for the English fans…

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Dutch causing trouble

Jordan Pickford is forced into another save as the Dutch apply more pressure.

They receive a corner, but Aké’s header goes straight to the goalkeeper.

Great save from Pickford!

Jordan Pickford makes a great save from a Dutch set piece, and they win another corner.

The goal is safely placed over the crossbar and England can breathe again.

‘Mood difference’ at AO Arena

We had some Dutch changes, and things don’t look so easy for England at the start of this second half.

Rami says the mood has changed at the AO Arena as fans react to the events.

Can we get another one?

Just a reminder of some of those celebrations we saw in the first half…

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Let’s hope for a few more!

Fans are ready for the second half

Everyone at the AO Arena is on the edge of their seats when the whistle for the second half blows.


The whistle blew and the second half began!

Come on England, you can do it!

Luke Shaw to join

Luke Shaw took his place on the pitch for the start of the second half while Kieran Trippier was substituted.

Back to predictions

Coming back to the predictions, Reece, Marie and Amy’s predictions of 2-1 and 3-1 for England could still be in play!

Some amazing fan reactions…

I can’t get enough of these fan reactions tonight! The whole country is glued to the screen.

England fans in Manchester and London react to Harry Kane penalty

England wins applause at AO Arena

England received a standing ovation from the fans at the AO Arena tonight and were given a standing ovation at half-time.

I wonder what Gareth Southgate is saying now…


All level at half-time after an early Simons goal and a Kane penalty.


We’re now three minutes into injury time in Dortmund as both teams look to open the scoring before the break.

Fans react to Foden’s second near miss

Phil Foden looks to be within striking distance of a goal when he hits the post! Fans can’t believe it.

Will he score today? He certainly looks determined…

Photos of AO Arena

Photos are coming in from AO Aena as we approach 40 minutes of play. You can feel the atmosphere in there!

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Foden hits the crossbar!

He almost did it again!

Foden gets another close-range strike as he turns towards goal and fires a powerful shot against the crossbar. So close!

Fans react to Foden chance

Fans could not believe their eyes as Foden’s superb footwork was finally stopped on the line.

So close!

Stockport’s Phil Foden shows some incredible footwork as he whips the ball across the box but it is cleared on the line by the Dutch defence.

How did this not come in?!

Fans go crazy over Kane’s goal

Fans at the AO Arena celebrate as Harry Kane scores from the penalty spot. All square again.



Harry Kane takes the penalty and finds the back of the net. It’s 1-1!


England have been awarded a penalty after a foul on Harry Kane!


The referee is checking a possible penalty after contact with Harry Kane in the box.

England is threatening

England have been threatening since the Dutch goal, with Saka and Bellingham both having free kicks. But they have failed to create a goal-scoring opportunity from them.

‘Stunned faces’ in the fanzone

There are ‘surprised faces’ at the AO Arena as the Netherlands make it 1-0.


The score is 1-0 to the Netherlands within 10 minutes when Xavi Simons fires a powerful shot into the back of the net.

Fans watching intently at the AO Arena

Fans are glued to the screen at AO Arena as we watch the first five minutes of the game.

It’s still 0-0, with both teams making attacking plays, but with a strong defense.


HERE WE GO! The game is on in Dortmund – 90 minutes to decide the second finalist. Unless we get extra time again, of course…

Crowd in ‘great mood’

We just heard the national anthem, and the fans are “excited” at the AO Arena.

Nervousness in the fanzone

Nerves are building in the fanzone, and we are just minutes away from kick-off.

The predictions are…

Rami is speaking to fans at the AO Arena tonight about his predictions. First up are Melissa and Daniel, who said they’re predicting an England win!

Photos of Germany

We may be stuck in rainy England, but our compatriots who have travelled to Germany are also stuck in the storms tonight – although that doesn’t seem to be dampening their spirits!

Photos are coming in of England fans taking to the stands in Dortmund to cheer on the Three Lions.

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Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo receives standing ovation

Manchester United teenager Kobbie Mainoo receives a huge ovation in Manchester as the starting 11 is announced. Just over 15 minutes to go!

Our reporter Rami is in the fanzone

Our reporter Rami arrived at the AO Arena, where fans are excited ahead of tonight’s game.

He’ll bring you all the latest reactions from tonight’s big fanzone,

Less than an hour to go until kick-off…

Good evening! How are we all feeling? Nerves are frayed here as England are around 45 minutes away from kick-off in the semi-final in Dortmund.

We’ll all be hoping for a repeat of the ecstasy that swept the nation on Saturday after the Three Lions beat Switzerland on penalties. But perhaps for the sake of our hearts, I’m sure many of us will be keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen this time around.

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We’ll keep you updated with the latest on the results, as well as fan reactions at the AO Arena.

And if you have any great setups at home, feel free to send them to the Manchester Evening News on Facebook. We’d love to feature them here.

Come to England!