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|Event Name:||EURO 2021|
|Where:||Wembley Stadium in London|
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England edged out Denmark to reach the final of the Euro 2020, marking their first semi-final win since the 1966 World Cup as Harry Kane’s extra-time goal earned them a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
England had to come from behind as a Simon Kjaer own-goal cancelled out Mikkel Damsgaard’s superb free kick for the Danes in the first half.
The home side were on top throughout but struggled to break down the battling Denmark defence. England were awarded a penalty in the 103rd-minute after Raheem Sterling went down with minimum contact, allowing captain Kane to decide the match. It was a tough way for Denmark to end their emotional ride from the fear and distress of Christian Eriksen’s opening game collapse to their first semi-final since their shock Euro 92 win, but their exhausted players left Wembley with socks rolled down but heads held high.
England will return to Wembley on Sunday, 55 years after lifting the World Cup there, but they did it the hard way.
They had reached the semis without conceding a goal and it needed something special to pierce their rearguard as Damsgaard fired a powerful, dipping 25-yard free kick over the wall and beyond the diving Jordan Pickford – the tournament’s first goal direct from a free kick – after 30 minutes.
Raheem Sterling was denied at point-blank range by Kasper Schmeichel before the 39th-minute equaliser, when Bukayo Saka hit the byline and fizzed over a low cross that Kjaer bundled across his own line in his attempt to stop the ball from reaching Sterling.
Schmeichel was on hand again with an excellent diving save to palm away a Harry Maguire header and England began to turn the screw. However, despite all the pressure and relentless passing and probing around the box, England struggled to carve out a clear opening and the match rolled into extra time.
The extra 30 minutes became a virtual attack versus defence exercise, as Schmeichel saved again from Kane and Jack Grealish. Sterling continued to drive into the box and was eventually brought down by Joakim Maehle for the VAR-reviewed penalty that Kane stuck poorly and Schmeichel blocked, only for the captain to tuck home the rebound.
How Italy went from World Cup absentees to Euro 2020 finalists
Italy have not lost a football match since September 2018 – that is an astonishing run of 33 unbeaten games with the last one coming on Wednesday evening, the semi-final of the Euro 2020. A 34th and they will be crowned European champions.
Italy are four-time world champions but failed to qualify for the 2018 edition. On Sunday, they will be taking on either England or Denmark in the final of Euro 2020. Having taken over Italy at their lowest ebb, manager Roberto Mancini revelled in defying expectations after the Azzurri made it through to the final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Spain.
Italy’s transformation under Mancini in the last three years has been extraordinary. And they were made to fight all the way against Spain, taking the lead through Federico Chiesa’s brilliant goal but being pegged back as Alvaro Morata’s equaliser made it 1-1 and forced extra time before the Azzurri prevailed 4-2 on penalties.
After putting seven goals without reply past Turkey, Switzerland and Wales in the group stage, they ground out an extra-time win over Austria, then beat Belgium in the quarter-finals despite losing star left-back Leonardo Spinazzola to a torn Achilles tendon.
Now they are closing in on a second European Championship title.
“When you play in a World Cup or a European Championship, it is intense, and there always comes a game where you have to dig in and suffer to win,” said Mancini. “It can’t all be smooth as our progress had been up to now.
“We knew this was the one that was going to be really tough, and that is why I think the players and everyone who has worked with us over the last three years deserves a lot of credit because it has not been easy by any means.
“Almost nobody believed we could do it, and yet we are in the final, so we are pleased for Italians everywhere.” Italians took to the streets across the country to celebrate, while 11,000 of their fans – all UK-based as restrictions prevented supporters abroad from travelling – were inside Wembley to see Jorginho score the decisive kick in the shoot-out.
Italy were in a mess after losing to Sweden in a 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off and Mancini had to pick up the pieces from that.
He has rebuilt them, and at this Euro, they have been almost the complete side: from the veteran centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci to brilliant attacking full-backs, a gifted midfield trio of Marco Verratti, Jorginho and Nicolo Barella, and a livewire front line.
“The players wanted to play a brand of football that people enjoyed and thus far they have managed to do exactly that,” added Mancini. Euro 2020 will see them make their 10th appearance in a final, with six at the World Cup and three at the previous European Championships. But while they have lifted the World Cup four times, their only continental triumph to date came as hosts of the four-team event in 1968.
Since then, there have been two final losses that were painful in different ways. In 2000, they were floored by a French golden goal in extra time in Rotterdam, while in 2012 Spain tore them apart to win 4-0 in Kyiv.