“It’s coming home”: The English fans celebrate their national team’s entry into the European Championship finals – England will play Italy on Sunday.
The English national team has moved into a European Championship final for the first time. The “Three Lions” prevailed against outsiders Denmark in the semifinals. In the end, a controversial penalty was decisive for the game.
The contact that brings Raheem Sterling down in the penalty area is minimal. But referee Danny Makkelie is enough to point to the penalty spot. Denmark’s Mathias Jensen caused the penalty with his well-intentioned defensive action, which captain Harry Kane takes on. However, the star striker initially finds his master in the Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. But the ricochet falls at Kane’s feet again. The 27-year-old then uses his second chance ice-cold: 2-1 for England in the 104th minute. The “Three Lions” beat “Danish Dynamite” after extra time and move into a European Championship final for the first time.
This is how the European Championship semifinal England – Denmark went
The 65,000 spectators at London’s Wembley Stadium saw a calm, level-headed start for both teams. As expected, England’s head coach Gareth Southgate is mainly focused on game control and orderly structure.
Such a situation also led to the first dangerous situation in the Danish penalty area in the third minute. After coordination problems between central defenders Simon Kjaer and Jannik Vestergaard, the ball was a few meters in front of the Danish goal. Keeper Kasper Schmeichel had to rush out to forestall the approaching Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling.
It took another twelve minutes until England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was also in the spotlight for the first time: After an unfortunate throw-off, the ball landed at Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard, who cleverly placed it on his striker colleague Martin Braithwaite. Pickford was able to clear his shot for a corner.
Damsgaard gives Denmark the lead with a dream free-kick
Apart from these two scenes, however, not much happened in London – and the audience acknowledged safety football early with a loud whistle. The 1-0 for Denmark fell through a common situation in the 30th minute fit into the picture. The conspicuous Damsgaard welded a fantastic free-kick under the crossbar from over 20 meters away; keeper Pickford stretched in vain – also because he was positioned too far to the right before the ball could be executed. For the 21-year-old Damsgaard, it was the first goal at the EM. It was also the tournament’s first free-kick goal.
England shuddered after the cold shower and equalized less than ten minutes later. Harry Kane sent the strong Bukayo Saka on the journey with an interface pass. The 19-year-old from Arsenal played his way to the baseline and put the ball flat in the fiver to Raheem Sterling, who only had to push the ball into the goal. But Denmark’s captain Simon Kjaer, of all people, got ahead of the winger and unluckily maneuvered the ball with the eleventh own goal of the EM to equalize 1-1 in Schmeichel’s box.
In the second half, too, both teams were keen on control. Huge scoring chances were in short supply. However, the bottom line was that England dominated the game, with a header from central defender Harry Maguire (55th) and an unsuccessful cross from Mason Mount (73rd) having the best opportunities to take the lead.
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