Harry Kane’s overtime goal helps England beat Denmark and reach first major final since 1966-Sports News, Firstpost

The loss ends Denmark’s fairytale race to the semi-finals, the furthest they have been in a tournament since winning Euro 92.

England’s Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final. PA

London: England will play their first major tournament final in 55 years after coming from behind to beat Denmark 2-1 after extra time in front of a delirious crowd of 65,000 at Wembley in the Euro 2020 semi-final Wednesday.

Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning free kick after 30 minutes threatened another disappointment in the semi-finals for Gareth Southgate’s side, three years after losing the last four in the World Cup.

But Simon Kjaer’s own home goal eight minutes later and Harry Kane’s overtime rebound goal after his penalty kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel mean England will try to win the European Championship for the first time. when she faces Italy at Wembley in Sunday’s final.

The loss ends Denmark’s fairytale race to the semi-finals, the furthest they have been in a tournament since winning Euro 92.

The Danes’ tournament began under almost tragic circumstances when star midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in his opener against Finland.

Kasper Hjulmand’s men have since ridden an emotional wave and played a lot of skillful football scoring four goals past Russia and Wales on their way to the semi-finals.

However, England’s huge advantage of having six of their seven home games paid off as they were physically fresher in the later stages.

Screamed by the deafening noise created by the largest crowd for an England game for nearly two years, the hosts have come out of the trap.

Kane’s teasing cross comes from Raheem Sterling as he bursts into the far post.

Denmark settled in after a shaky start and began to pose a threat as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg shot directly at Jordan Pickford before Martin Braithwaite and Damsgaard saw their efforts fly off target.

Damsgaard stunner

England were on a national record of seven consecutive clean sheets but were ultimately shattered in spectacular fashion by Damsgaard’s free kick which flew into the top skylight.

All questions about the Southgate men’s reaction to falling behind for the first time in the tournament were emphatically answered as England quickly hit back.

Sterling should have equalized when he shot Schmeichel directly in the stomach with just the “keeper to beat”.

Moments later, the hosts were tied as Kane freed Bukayo Saka on the right and Kjaer transformed into his own net under pressure from Sterling.

Denmark’s efforts in being forced to a 9,000 kilometer (5,592 mile) round trip for their quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic were shown in the second half as they desperately tried to keep England at bay. distance.

Controversy over penalties

Schmeichel produced another stunning save from Harry Maguire’s header low to his right, while Kane was unable to secure a telltale connection in a goal scramble in the 96th minute.

Hjulmand made his allotted five substitutions before the end of the 90 minutes to give his team an extra boost of energy, but they couldn’t get forward momentum.

Schmeichel kept his team in the overtime game with another nimble low save to his right to deny Kane before fending off a Jack Grealish piledriver.

England’s pressure finally paid off in controversial circumstances when Sterling was awarded a soft penalty for a challenge from Joakim Maehle in the 104th minute.

Schmeichel even refused Kane on the spot, but the ball fell gently for the England captain to score his fourth goal of the tournament.

Southgate was the downfall guy when England last qualified for the Euro semi-finals 25 years ago, missing the decisive penalty in a shootout loss to England. ‘Germany.

But he has the ultimate chance to redeem himself on Sunday as England have the chance to finally bring home a major trophy after so many years of suffering.

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