England is going to play their first major tournament final in Euro 2020 after beating Denmark 2-1 on July 7 in front of a 65,000 crowd at Wembley in the semi-finals. The stunning free-kick of the Danish footballer Mikkel Damsgaard after 30 minutes has created another disappointment for the side of Gareth Southgate. However, the own goal of Simon Kjaer, Denmark’s footballer, and the extra-time win of Harry Kane led England towards victory and sends them to the final of the European Championship. England will attempt to win the championship for the first time and will face Italy at Wembley on July 11.
The defeat ends the hope of Denmark to reach the finals and have victory in the European Championship as they have been waiting since Euro 92. The tournament began in tragic circumstances when Christian Eriksen, the star midfielder of Denmark, suffered a cardiac arrest during the opening match against Finland. The team of Kasper Hjulmand, the Danish football manager, has since been in an emotional wave and has played really well against Wales and Russia for reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
However, the huge advantage of England in having most of their matches on the homeland has effectively paid off. Denmark settled in the game after a shaky beginning. The Denmark team started to pose a threat upon themselves as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg kicked straight at Jordan Pickford instead of Martin Braithwaite. All Damsgaard’s efforts fly off target.
Schmeichel saved a goal from header low of Harry Maguire to his right while Harry Kane was not getting a telling connection due to the goalmouth scramble during the 96th minute. Kasper Hjulmand made all the five allotted substitutions before the 90 minutes were completed to provide his side an additional energy boost. However, the team was not getting any forward momentum.
Peter Schmeichel kept his team in the game during the extra time by saving another low to his right for denying Kane before repealing the shot of Jack Grealish. The pressure of England finally paid off in the circumstances when Sterling was given a soft penalty due to a challenge by Joakim Maehle during the 104th minute. Schmeichel denied the shot from Kane, but the ball fell for the England captain and swept the fourth goal of the tournament. England has a chance to win the final on July 11 and bring the major trophy home after many years.