- England is in the EURO 2020 finals after eliminating Denmark.
- The Three Lions have advanced following a controversial penalty.
- England and Italy will decide the winner of the tournament on Sunday.
After more than five decades, England is in the finals of one big international competition. Gareth Southgate’s side was better than Denmark 2-1, beating the rivals following extra times.
Though, there will be a lot of debate on how the Three Lions earned their spot in the finals because of a controversial penalty kick that allowed Harry Kane to seal England’s victory.
It’s Coming Home
English fans are in ecstasy because their national team progressed to the finals of a major international competition for the first time since 1966 when they won the World Cup. Fast forward 55 years later, at the same place, another generation of England players will have a chance to become immortal.
England beat Denmark with 2-1 tonight, coming back from behind. Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard broke the lock of Jordan Pickford’s goal for the first time in this tournament.
The danish forward took a perfect free-kick in the 30th minute, which was the first successful one since the start of the EURO. But instead of extending the lead, Denmark allowed a goal nine minutes later, with their captain Simon Kjaer hitting the back of his own net.
After that, the match continued to be very interesting and dynamic, but unfortunately for the fans, there were no more goals.
Both teams had chances and periods in which they controlled the situation on the field. Kasper Schmeichel was perfect in front of his net, but his teammates didn’t have enough composure in the attack.
Raheem Sterling entered the box in the last minute of the first extra time, and fell down. The referee pointed towards the penalty spot. After consulting the VAR system, he would confirm his initial decision, but we have to say that Sterling fell way too easily. For some other officials, this would be a reason to show him the yellow card, but not in this case.
We could say that the “hosts” got a slight push. Schmeichel stopped Harry Kane’s shot, but the ball deflected straight onto the striker’s foot, and this time, there was nothing Leicester’s goalkeeper could do.
Denmark was trying to score an equalizer until the end of the match but without any success.
England now faces Italy, who was better than Spain yesterday after a penalty shootout. Azzurri are without a loss for the last 33 games and are one of the most efficient teams in the history of the European championships. They are also undefeated in the previous three head-to-head games against England.
According to the bookmakers, this should be a very close match, as Italy and England have almost identical odds for winning the game.
The Three Lions will have the spectators behind, but after seeing the Italians playing in recent times, that won’t disturb Mancini’s team at all. Furthermore, it could be a big motivation for Azzurri.