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England Edges Out Serbia 1-0: Full Match Report and Analysis

England fans, breathe a sigh of relief! England secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Serbia in their Euro 2024 opener, held in Gelsenkirchen. Jude Bellingham’s header in the 13th minute made all the difference, silencing the Serbian defence and giving England the start they so desperately needed.

This game wasn’t just about the scoreline; it was a firm statement of intent under the spotlight of a major tournament. The pre-match expectations were high, and the Three Lions delivered, showing both resilience and skill. As Jordan Pickford’s crucial second-half save ensured the win, England fans can look forward to the rest of the tournament with a sense of optimistic anticipation. Let’s break down the match and what it means for the road ahead.


Gareth Southgate’s team lit up the first half. Jude Bellingham soared to head in a perfect corner from Mason Mount, putting England 1-0 up with pinpoint timing that left the Serbian goalkeeper no chance. Kyle Walker had a golden chance to increase the lead, but his cross-shot veered wide, missing Phil Foden and Harry Kane.

Despite their dominance, England couldn’t capitalise further. As the half wore on, they faced a tense end and their momentum dipped after the break. Serbia surged forward, and England grappled to keep up. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s  penalty appeal was denied after a nudge from Kieran Trippier at the near post. Substitutes Dusan Tadic and Luka Jovic almost pulled off an equaliser, while England fell back, and Southgate hesitated to make changes.

When Southgate finally brought on Jarrod Bowen, he nearly made an immediate impact. Bowen’s cross found Harry Kane, whose header was spectacularly tipped onto the bar by Serbia’s goalkeeper, Predrag Rajkovic.

Serbia kept up the pressure, with Jordan Pickford forced to tip over a shot from Dusan Vlahovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic firing wide from distance.

England were desperate for the final whistle but held on for a win. With a draw between Slovenia and Denmark earlier, England are in a good position to qualify for the knockouts. Jordan Pickford’s exceptional saves were crucial, ensuring England clinched the win. However, they need to play like they did in the first half to go far in this tournament.

England’s Standout Players

England’s narrow victory over Serbia was a collective effort, yet a few individuals truly stood out with their exceptional performances.

  • Jude Bellingham: The young midfielder was the heart of England’s play. His 13th-minute header was the decisive goal, but his influence extended beyond scoring. Bellingham dominated the midfield, breaking up Serbian plays and launching counter-attacks. His composure and vision made him the most valuable player on the pitch.

  • Jordan Pickford: England’s goalkeeper was instrumental in keeping the clean sheet. His crucial saves, especially the one against Dušan Vlahović’s header in the 85th minute, were match-winners. Pickford’s commanding presence and reflexes provided a fortress-like defence for the Three Lions.

Post-Match Reactions

Player Reactions

The players stepped up and shared their thoughts on the hard-fought match. Their reactions highlight both their personal performances and the team’s effort.

  • Jude Bellingham was visibly elated after scoring the winning goal. He shared, “It was a tough match, but I’m delighted to have contributed to the team’s victory. Scoring early helped set the tone, and we defended really well as a unit.”

  • Jordan Pickford expressed his joy in keeping a clean sheet. He said, “The save towards the end was crucial. It wasn’t just about my performance, but the entire defence kept strong. Every player gave their all, and it’s a great start for us.”

Coaches’ Comments

  • Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, praised his team’s resilience. “I’m incredibly proud of the boys. We faced a strong Serbian side, but our early goal and defensive tenacity made the difference. Pickford’s save was world-class, and Bellingham showed why he’s one of the best young talents,” he stated.

  • Dragan Stojković, Serbia’s coach, acknowledged the challenges. “It was a tough match and England are a quality team. We had our chances, especially in the second half, but their defence was impenetrable. We need to regroup and focus on the next game,” he commented.

Pundits’ Opinions

Football experts and pundits also chimed in with their analyses, offering varied perspectives on the game’s outcome and key moments.

  • Gary Lineker emphasised Jude Bellingham’s impact. “Bellingham was phenomenal. To score in such a crucial match at such a young age speaks volumes about his talent and composure,” he said.

  • Alan Shearer pointed out the importance of Pickford’s performance. “Pickford’s saves were match-winning. Serbia were relentless, especially towards the end, but Pickford’s reflexes and leadership kept England in the lead,” he noted.

  • Alex Scott analysed England’s tactical approach. “England managed to dominate possession and control the pace of the game. Their defensive setup was key in neutralising Serbia’s attacks, and the clean sheet shows how well-organised they were defensively,” she explained.


England’s 1-0 win over Serbia was a great start to their Euro 2024 campaign. Jude Bellingham’s goal and Jordan Pickford’s stellar saves were key moments. The win boosts England’s confidence and positions them well in Group C.

England fans can look forward to the rest of the tournament with optimism. The road ahead looks promising for the Three Lions

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