This is not a dream! Gareth Southgate’s England have reached a major tournament final for the first time since 1966. One more win and they will write their names in the history books forever. Josh Zealand gives his verdict on the match that made history.
Euro 2020 Semi Final
On an unbelievable and nail-biting occasion, England beat Denmark 2-1 in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley. In doing so, they have reached their first ever European Championship final.
England got one step closer to their long-awaited triumph as they came from behind to beat an inspired Danish side in extra time. They will face Italy at Wembley on Sunday for a chance to claim legend status in the final of Euro 2020.
The victory was hard fought, and a tension-filled first half came alive when Danish midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard fired home a stunning free-kick, the first free-kick of the tournament and what a time to score it. It had all the right power, technique, and swerve to get over the wall and beat the desperate leap of Jordan Pickford to give Denmark a 1-0 lead.
England came back at Denmark with a bang and Raheem Sterling almost put England level only to be thwarted by a fine Kasper Schmeichel save from 4 yards out. The Danish keeper was by far their best player on the night, keeping them in the tie on multiple occasions.
The goal did come for England when a precision perfect pass from Harry Kane sent Bukayo Saka through on the right of the penalty area. His low cross to the feet of Sterling was cut out by Danish captain Simon Kjær but only into the back of his own net. 1-1 and game on for England.
Most fans would’ve thought England would now kick on and win the game in the second half, and though they did create plenty of chances, you’ve got to give amazing credit to Denmark as they set out a Danish wall to prevent an England goal.
When the game went into extra time, penalties loomed large for both sides. The historic moment came for England in the 103rd minute when Raheem Sterling was fouled by Joakim Maehle and England were awarded a penalty kick. Hero and captain Harry Kane stood over the ball, waiting to inscribe his name into England history.
The torment didn’t stop for England, but it only lasted a few brief seconds longer. Kane’s uncharacteristically poor penalty was saved by starman Schmeichel, but the rebound fell kindly to the feet of Kane who sent the whole of England into raptures.
After 55 years of hurt, heart ache and anger, England have a golden opportunity to bring football back to where it’s meant to be.
Bring football home.
Euro 2020 Final