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England beats Denmark 2-1 to reach Euro 2020 final

08 July 2021  

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LONDON: England’s 55-year wait to reach a major men’s final is over finally after it defeated Denmark at Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday.

Gareth Southgate’s side was on a mission to travel one step further than any England side had done since the 1966 World Cup final win against West Germany, and it finally achieved the long-cherished goal as it came from behind to triumph in extra time.

In front of 66,000 fans and in a frenzied, thunderous atmosphere this newer Wembley has not experienced before, England battled their way out of adversity to secure a meeting with Italy in the final at the same venue on Sunday (20:00 BST kick-off).

It had to fight for victory against steely opponents – who had an inspired keeper in Kasper Schmeichel – especially after conceding its first goal of the tournament to Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning free-kick after 30 minutes.

But it replied quickly as Denmark Captain Simon Kjaer turned in Bukayo Saka’s threatening cross six minutes before the break.

Schmeichel was Denmark’s hero as the hosts sought the winner, saving brilliantly from Harry Maguire and Harry Kane as the game went into extra time and the prospect of penalties loomed large.

The moment the nation has awaited so long effectively arrived with Wembley’s giant screens showing 103 minutes and captain Kane standing over a penalty after Raheem Sterling had been fouled by Joakim Maehle.

Denmark was unhappy with the decision, which was checked by VAR.

And in keeping with England’s long and tortuous history, it was not straightforward as the normally ice-cool Kane saw an awful penalty saved by Schmeichel – but the rebound fell at his feet for him to score.

Kane has now equaled Gary Lineker’s long-standing record of 10 goals for England at major tournaments.

Wembley went wild with deafening noise and wild celebrations and, after all the years of hurt, England has the golden opportunity to finally claim a major crown.

(With inputs from BBC)


Publish Date : 08 July 2021 07:14 AM

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