Tuesday, July 16, 2024

‘Jude Bellingham goes completely unnoticed’: How Spain reacted to England reaching Euro 2024 final

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Marca and AS, two of Spain’s main sports newspapers, dedicated their front pages on Thursday to England’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 semi-final the previous night.

Marca played on the Beatles song once more, with the headline ‘Hey Jude, We’ll See You in Berlin’ in reference to the final on Sunday between England and Spain.

However, Jude Bellingham was singled out by Marca for particular criticism for his display on Wednesday night.

Under the headline ‘Hey Jude, not that way’, the paper commented: “Jude Bellingham’s 53rd game this season was special. He was returning to what was his home for three years in Signal Iduna Park [Borussia Dortmund’s home ground].

“However, the [Real] Madrid player did not shine. Quite the opposite: he went completely unnoticed. It was difficult for him to get into the game on the left in [Gareth] Southgate’s formation, he left some hint of his enormous class but he failed to generate danger coming from the second line.

“The feeling is that the season is dragging on for him. His debt is attributed to a nasty tackle on [Stefan] De Vrij at ground level in the 72nd minute. He went for the ball but found a player. He saw the yellow card. It was orange.”

AS said simply: ‘England Get Through’.

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