The final of the Europeans will be between England e Italy. In the second semifinal the national team of Southgate beaten 2-1 in comeback Denmark gaining access to the final (first time at the European Championships and 55 years after the 1966 World Cup) thanks to Kane’s penalty in the 104th minute. It was a beautiful and emotional match that played in Wembley with the British who in the end managed to overturn the initial disadvantage signed by a jewel on a free kick by Damsgaard (30 ‘). Then the reaction of England who found almost immediately (on 39 ‘) the equal with a great action at speed that ended with Kjaer’s own goal. In the second half the English monologue and the great Danish compactness with Schmeichel absolute protagonist of the match (he will also be in overtime). Everything is decided at overtime and it is still Kane who scores the goal (after the wrong penalty) that sends England to the final againstItaly of Mancini. The duel that will decide who will be European champion will be staged next Sunday.
The choices of Southgate and Hjulmand
England’s Southgate sides with the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 with Says, Mount e Sterling behind the only tip Harry Kane. Sancho on the bench. On the other hand also the coach Wheelman does not change the men who beat the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals: classic 3-4-3 with Braithwaite, Dolberg e Damsgaard in attack.
England immediately attacked, then Denmark’s response
In the first minutes England immediately imposed dizzying rhythms in an attempt to unblock the match but Denmark held up the initial assault. At 5 ‘good chance for Sterling but the outside of Manchester City does not find the winning deviation: Kane’s cross, in fact, is slightly long. The 53,000 English fans present at Wembley applaud satisfied with the approach to the match by Mount and his teammates and encourage the home team to further increase the pace. At 13 ‘it is still Sterling who has the right opportunity but Schmeichel he is not surprised and blocks. Denmark, however, does not stand by and does not just defend: first with Hojbjerg and then with Braithwaite he shows up in attack creating good opportunities but the English defense is saved. At 25 ‘another super opportunity for Denmark: Damsgaard he frees himself well in the area, creates space for the English defenders and tries to shoot at the far post but the conclusion ends up just on the bottom.
Damsgaard’s jewel, then Kjaer’s own goal
It is only the prelude to the goal that materializes in the 30th minute: the punishment of Damsgaard it is an extraordinary jewel, the conclusion of the Sampdoria striker is powerful and the trajectory is surprising Pickford taking Denmark ahead (first goal from a free kick at Euro 2020). The 8,000 Danish supporters at Wembley rejoice. For England, on the other hand, the first goal conceded in this European Championship is a cold shower. The game at this point becomes even more beautiful and understood: in the 38th minute England builds a sensational opportunity to equalize but Sterling is hypnotized by Schmeichel who rejects a practically scored goal. The equalizer, however, is in the air and the 1-1 arrives only a minute later: perfect launch of Kane per Says, the Arsenal winger takes the whole Danish defense off guard, a low and tense cross for Sterling with Kjaer who, in an attempt to anticipate the winger of the City, deflects the ball into the net (11th own goal in this edition of the European Championships) .
What a chance for Maguire!
At the start of the second half no change for the two coaches. On the field there are the same 22 of the first half. England want the goal immediately and start exactly as in the first half: dizzying rhythms and constant attack relying above all on the game on the wings. Denmark, however, holds up without worry and above all relying on the great technical qualities of its players to skip the opponent’s pressing and restart on the counterattack. At 55 ‘, however, once again the parade of Schmeichel who, on the development of a free kick, rejects with a spectacular dive the header of Maguire. The match lights up even more, emotions flood and the audience is enthusiastic in the stands. At 58 ‘Dolberg has the right ball to double but the left foot from the edge of the area is blocked by Pickford. The minutes pass but the speed and intensity of the match do not diminish. The two teams face each other openly, not sparing in any area of the field.
The changes of Hjulmand and Southgate and the British assault
Hjulmand at this point decides to change to give more energy to his team: at 67 ‘they enter Wass, Poulsen e Norgaard for Stryger Larsen, Damsgaard and Dolberg. Two minutes after the first change also for Southgate: there is Grealish in place of Saka. The entrance of the Aston Villa talent also gives strength and renewed enthusiasm to the audience in the stands that pushes the Southgate national team again. And in the 73rd minute England is again close to doubling with Mount’s cross shot but Schmeichel is careful and saves for a corner. At 79 ‘Hjulmand chooses Andersen for Christensen: in defense, in fact, fresh forces are needed to withstand the British assault. In Denmark at 88 ‘space also a Jensen for a very tired Delaney.
In the final 7 ‘of recovery but the result does not change
Referee Makkelie concedes 6 minutes of recovery and England pours forward to find the double that is worth the final. At 93 ‘, after a prolonged action, the ball lands on the feet of Phillips that tries the power conclusion from the limit but the conclusion is high. At 95 ‘it is still Maguire to look for the winning deviation with his head but Schmeichel blocks. The referee concedes another 50 ” but the goal does not arrive and we go to extra time.
Kane misses the penalty but then doubles in the 104th minute on the rebound
England immediately starts off the attack and with Kane in the 94th minute they are one step away from doubling but Schmeichel is unsurpassed and rejects again. Southgate at this point changes to give more concreteness and liveliness to the offensive actions: they enter Henderson e Foden for Rice and Mount. Denmark further lowers its center of gravity by closing in its area. The English fans cheer their national team and the assault becomes continuous: first Grealish and then Sterling have the right ball for the 2-1 but the Danish defense is still saved. At 102 ‘, however, Sterling rises to the chair: total slalom of the outside of the City who jumps all (but with two balls on the field) and then is landed in the area. Denmark protests, Makkelie concedes the penalty and after consulting the Var confirms his choice. From the spot there is Kane: the Tottenham striker first misses the penalty (super parade by Schmeichel) but then he is the quickest to arrive on the rebound, transforming the 2-1 goal. Wembley explodes with joy, the roar of the fans is impressive, England are ahead! In the second extra period Denmark tries to balance the game (good chance for Braithwaite with a conclusion from the edge) but now the forces for the comeback are no longer there and England controls without problems winning the final against Italy. The appointment is for next Sunday, again at Wembley, to decide who will be European champion.