Netherlands handed early Euro 2024 advantage as UEFA sting England for semi-finals

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The Netherlands have secured a significant edge ahead of their Euro 2024 semi-final face-off with England.

That's because, according to reports, they have snapped up half the ticket allocation for Borussia Dortmund's renowned "yellow wall" stand at Westfalenstadion. The formidable 25,000-capacity terrace is known for overwhelming players from visiting teams, as it has become a vibrant yellow stronghold thanks to Dortmund's avid supporters.

Now, Dutch fans are being given the chance to bathe this stand in their signature orange hues after UEFA resolved to leave England out of the direct ticket distribution process, The Times reports. Although the rest of the stands tickets have gone on public sale by tournament organisers, presenting a slim chance for England's following to claim spots within the infamous Barmy Army will not have a dedicated presence there. This gives Oranje enthusiasts free reign to transform it into an ocean of colour and a cacophony of support for the team.

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With Dutch supporters conspicuously present and buoyant throughout Euro 2024, their trademark links rechts or left-right chant has reverberated through Germany's streets, reports the Express. After spurring on their national side to quarter-final triumph over Turkey on Saturday night, they're eager to be the vocal force behind the team once more.

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

The Dutch team secured their victory when Mert Muldur inadvertently scored an own goal six minutes later. Despite victories over Romania and Poland in the tournament, the Netherlands only managed to secure third place in their group due to a draw against France and a loss to Austria.

The Dutch FA have been officially 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 being listed for as much as £680.

England secured their semi-final match against the Netherlands following their quarter-final triumph over Switzerland on Saturday afternoon. Gareth Southgate's squad also had to come from behind after Breel Embolo scored the opening goal 70 minutes into the game.

England responded with Bukayo Saka delivering a stunning shot from the edge of the box, pushing the match into extra time. In the penalty shootout, the Three Lions kept their cool, with Trent Alexander-Arnold successfully converting the decisive kick.