England beat Denmark to advance to first major final since 1966
LONDON – England have surpassed their semi-final cap in major football tournaments. A title match awaits him for the first time in 55 years.
Harry Kane converted the rebound after his initial penalty kick was saved in the 104th minute to give England a 2-1 overtime win over Denmark in the European Championship semi-final on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
England will return to their home football stadium on Sunday to face Italy and play their first final since the 1966 World Cup. This remains England’s only international title.
Over the past 55 years, the English have lost four times in the semi-finals, either in the World Cup or in the European Championship. For this reason, it will be one of the most important victories in the history of English football.
Three of them – in 1990, 1996 and 2018 – were decided on penalties. It looked like where the teams were heading until Raheem Sterling squirmed in the lower right area, cut in and fell under the slightest touch of Mattias Jensen.
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel guessed the right way to block Kane’s penalty, but the England captain reacted quickly and put the ball into the net six yards away.
The Danish players, whose emotional race to the semi-finals was driven by determination to win the title for Christian Erisken after his collapse on the pitch in the group stage, were almost on their knees at the time- the.
And Denmark’s hopes of an equalizer were shaken by having to play with just 10 men in the second half of extra time after Jensen was forced to injure himself. Denmark had already exhausted its six replacements.
England showed another side by rallying to victory after conceding a goal for the first time at Euro 2020 when Mikkel Damsgaard completed a free kick in the top corner in the 30th.
A self-defeating goal from Simon Kjaer in the 39th equalized the score and England dominated the second half against a tiring opponent.