Arena AufSchalke’s opening EURO 2024 game sees England beat Serbia

England claimed a narrow victory in what was the first of four games in Gelsenkirchen, as the favourites held off Serbia to win 1-0 on Sunday evening (16.06).

Jude Bellingham scored the match-winning goal after just 13 minutes, making the most of the Three Lions’ strong start. Serbia improved after going behind and it was a fairly even battle after that. England were made to defend more in the second half, but the equaliser never came, meaning Gareth Southgate’s side currently top Group C following Denmark and Slovenia’s draw.

The Arena AufSchalke will also be the venue for a classic international fixture on 20th June, as 1964, 2008 and 2012 European champions Spain take on two-time winners and defending champions Italy.

Georgia and Portugal will meet in Gelsenkirchen on 26th June (21:00 CEST), with the final EURO 2024 match at Schalke’s home ground taking place on 30th June, when the winners of Group C will take on the third-placed side from either Group D, E or F for a place in the quarterfinals.


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