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Euro 2020; Extra late victory over Denmark sends England to first major final in 55 years

England ended their 55-year wait to reach a major men’s final thanks to an extra-time 2-1 victory against Denmark at Euro 2020, in a nervy semifinal encounter in Wembley.


Gareth Southgate’s had their eyes set on going one step further than any England side had done since the 1966 World Cup final win against West Germany, and a controversial penalty call in extra-time saw them come from behind to actualize that dream

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Denmark off to a bright start took the lead 30 minutes into the game, thanks to Mikkel Damsgaard’s brilliant free-kick.
But the Three Lions leveled things up as Denmark captain Simon Kjaer turned in Bukayo Saka’s pass six minutes before the break

With both sides unable to break loose after the break, the game went into extra time and in the 103rd minute, England Captain Harry Kane moved to take a spot kick which was awarded amidst protest from the unhappy Danes, after  Raheem Sterling had been fouled by Joakim Maehle.

In moment of heroism, Kasper Schmeichel saved Harry Kane’s penalty, but the Tottenham man scored from the rebound and in the absence of any response from their opponents, that singular act of swift follow up from their skipper was enough to make Wembley erupt and send the now raging Three Lions into the final of the Euro 2020 where they’ll square up against Mancini’s resilient Italy, in what promises to be a befitting final for what has been one show of a tournament. 

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And as for Denmark, their hearts might have been left broken, but they won souls over with their inspiring, fairytale journey from trauma to triumph in what can only be described as a rollercoaster of a tournament for them. 

And for that, they can go home with their heads held really, really high

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