England vs Denmark: Harry Kane fires Three Lions to 1st ever European Championship final

England vs Denmark: Harry Kane fires Three Lions to 1st ever European Championship final

Babajide Orevba, Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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  • Harry Kane inspired England to their first-ever Euro Championship final after a 2-1 win over Denmark
  • The Tottenham striker scored a rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty in the 104th minute
  • The Danes gave England a good challenge and initially went ahead through a stunning free-kick from young Mikkel Damsgaard but an own goal from Simon Kjaer levelled parity

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England fought hard to beat spirited Denmark 2-1 to book a date with Italy in the final of this year's European Championship.

The Three Lions stunned the Danes in the extra time after Harry Kane powered home a rebound after Kasper Schmeichel stopped his spot-kick in the 104th minute.

Going into the game, there were numerous subplots being spoken about, including the fact that England were looking to qualify for their first final in more than five decades.

England Through to Euro 2020 Final After Pulsating 2-1 Win Over Denmark
England needed extra time to beat Denmark in a pulsating semi-final in Wembley. Photo by Andy Rain.
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There was a general feeling that Denmark would easily be beaten prior to the game but once the match got underway, the Danes impressively brought the game to England with some swift counter-attacking.

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In fact, it was Denmark who found the opener which came in spectacular fashion as young Mikkel Damsgaard found the net with a stunning free-kick which was whipped over the England wall and into the top corner.

Keeper Jordan Pickford got a finger to it but could not stop the concession of his first goal in the tournament as England trailed, against the run of play.

Moments later and Raheem Sterling drew an excellent save from Kasper Schmeichel when it seemed like he was destined to score.

Sterling would eventually be heavily involved in England’s equaliser before halftime as Harry Kane picked Bukayo Saka with a sublime pass on the wing, with the young Arsenal forward sending in a dangerous low cross for Sterling to tap in.

Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer got to the ball first but inevitably turned it to his own net for 1-1.

England came firing in the second half, with Denmark constantly having to deal with the pace of Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka who were a pain for most of the game.

Schmeichel once again made an excellent save to keep out Harry Maguire’s header in what as arguably England’s best chance of the second half.

Despite hogging the ball for large periods, Denmark did an excellent job in weathering the storm to force the game to extra time.

England’s intensity pays off

The Three Lions kept pushing for a winner as substitute Jack Grealish tested the Denmark keeper with a stunning long-range drive but Schmeichel was up to the task.

Eventually, the pressure paid off as England earned a penalty courtesy of Raheem Sterling who went down rather softly under a Joakim Maehle challenge.

Kane stepped up to take it but his effort was rather weak as Schmeichel saved it at first but the Tottenham striker followed up his effort to send Wembley to delirium.

From then, it was all about game management for England who eventually saw off their opponents to bring to an end what has been an impressive Euro 2020 campaign for the Danes.

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The cracker stretched into shootouts after neither side could show superiority with the game ending in a 1-1 draw in the normal regulation period and by extension, the extra minutes.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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