Video: Inter Dumfries star in the spotlight as Netherlands v England clash
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Video: Inter Dumfries star in the spotlight as Netherlands v England clash

Inter player Denzel Dumfries found himself in the spotlight during the EURO 2024 semi-final when he controversially conceded a penalty for England, cleared the ball just outside the Netherlands goal line and hit the crossbar.

After Xavi Simons opened the scoring, VAR again awarded a penalty for blocking Harry Kane with a high boot.

It was a highly controversial decision, with both players appearing to want to take the ball and some refereeing experts (and even England fans) felt the situation did not warrant an on-pitch VAR review. However, German referee Bastian Dankert thought otherwise and called Felix Zwayer in for monitoring.

Penalty – 𝙔𝙀𝙎 or 𝙉𝙊? 🤔 Honestly, who cares? #Euro2024 | #NEDENG pic.twitter.com/6c9cjMQhEF — ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 10, 2024

While such penalties are fairly regular in Italy, Serie A is trying to eliminate them because when two players are trying to intercept the ball, milliseconds can make the difference between a successful block or a penalty.

🗣️ “That’s an absolute HANS… That’s not even half a penalty.” 🗣️ “That was INAPPROPRIATE from Dumfries.” #Euro2024 | #NEDENG | @IanWright0 | @GNev2 pic.twitter.com/MBcwzzIgxi — ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 10, 2024

Dumfries made amends for their penalty when they cleared Phil Foden’s solo effort moments later to keep the score at 1-1.

HOW DID THAT NOT HAPPEN?! 🤯 Foden gets denied by Dumfries on the line ❌#Euro2024 | #NEDENG pic.twitter.com/rFloT7eZau — ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 10, 2024

The Inter player came close to increasing the score as his powerful header from a corner kick hit the crossbar.