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England v Denmark Live Commentary, 07/07/2021

2 - 1
S. Kjær (39 og)
H. Kane (104)
M. Damsgaard (30)
Wembley Stadium
(FT 1 - 1)


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England will take on Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley on Sunday. Denmark deserve a huge amount of plaudits for their run in the competition in light of the circumstances following Christian Eriksen's life-threatening collapse in their opener. They leave with their heads held high and return to action on September 1 against Scotland in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
England reach the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966 after defeating Denmark after extra-time. Mikkel Damsgaard put the Danes ahead at Wembley with a stunning free-kick to breach the Three Lions' defence for the first time of the tournament. An own goal from Simon Kjaer levelled the scores before half-time. Neither team could find a winner in 90 minutes, sending the contest to extra-time. Raheem Sterling drew a foul from Joakim Maehle, earning his team a penalty. Harry Kane missed the spot-kick as Kasper Schmeichel produced the save. However, luck was on the side of England as Kane converted the rebound. It was enough to send the Three Lions through to the final.
120' There will be one minute of added time.
120' SAVE Sterling continues to torment Denmark. He weaves his way into the box and fires at goal from close range, but his effort is blocked behind by Schmeichel.
118' England have their foot on the ball and are not relinquishing possession. The Three Lions are almost over the line.
116' Jensen is off the field for Denmark due to an injury. They have used all of their subs and are down to 10 men.
116' Maguire ensures that he holds his composure at the back, heading a dangerous cross from Maehle away from danger.
115' CLOSE! Braithwaite turns Stones on the edge of the box and fires towards goal. It takes a deflection as it travels towards the net and Pickford has to divert it past the left post.
114' Henderson goes down in the box under pressure as he tries to strike at goal, but he gets told to get to his feet by the referee.
112' Sterling puts on the afterburners down the middle of the field and skips away from two challenges. He offloads towards Kane, but the England skipper gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
110' England have dropped that little bit deeper at the start of the second half of extra-time. There is a lot of pressure on those white shirts.
108' Denmark are attempting to get on the front foot, but there are a lot of tired legs out there.
107' Kane is now England's joint-highest goalscorer in major tournaments (Euros/World Cup), moving level with Gary Lineker on 10 goals.
106' We're back under way at Wembley.
K. Trippier
J. Grealish
105' Grealish is withdrawn at half-time in extra-time and is replaced by Trippier. Southgate wants to shore up his backline.
England gain the lead in the first half of extra-time courtesy of a strike from Harry Kane. Raheem Sterling won a penalty from a foul from Joakim Maehle, which was contentious to say the least. Kane missed from 12 yards, but pounced on the rebound to score. England are 15 minutes from the final.
105' There will be three minutes of added time.
J. Wind
J. Vestergaard
105' Vestergaard is withdrawn for the Danes in the backline and is replaced by Wind.
H. Kane
104' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! ENGLAND LEAD!! KANE MISSES THE PENALTY BUT SCORES THE REBOUND!!!! 2-1!!!! Kane takes a poor penalty as he strikes his effort tamely towards the bottom-right corner. Schmeichel gets down to save it and does. However, he palms it out into the middle of the goal and Kane pounces on the rebound to score.
H. Kane
Penalty Miss
104' Kane misses from the spot with a poor penalty that is saved by Schmeichel. However, the keeper palms it out and Kane breathes again as he slams home the rebound.
K. Schmeichel
Penalty Save
104' Schmeichel does the hard work as he produces a solid stop to deny Kane from the spot. However, he palms the ball into the middle of the goal and Kane converts the rebound.
103' VAR! There is a VAR check for the spot-kick. There is contact on Sterling albeit minimal and the decision of the referee stands.
102' PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Sterling uses his pace down the right flank and goes down under the challenge of Maehle. The referee points to the spot.
100' Henderson surges down the right flank and he wins a corner off the body of Vestergaard. It's all hands on deck for Denmark at the back.
98' SAVE AND OVER! Grealish takes a touch inside and blasts a right-footed strike towards goal that is repelled by Schmeichel. England recycle possession and Grealish finds Sterling. He goes for the blast, but directs his effort over the bar.
97' England build down the right flank before Walker clips a cross into the box as Sterling gets halted. The loose ball travels to Shaw, who sees his cross blocked behind for a corner.
J. Henderson
D. Rice
95' Henderson replaces Rice in the middle of the park for England.
P. Foden
M. Mount
95' Mount is withdrawn in the final third and is replaced by Foden.
94' SAVE! Kane is played into space down the right-inside channel by Walker. He goes for goal firing low and hard towards the net, but Schmeichel produces the save and there's no one in a white shirt to tap home the rebound.
93' Grealish puts the pressure on Hojbjerg in the middle of the park with a neat turn and wins a free-kick from his loose challenge.
91' It is the first time since Euro 2000 that both semi-finals go into extra time.
91' We're under way in extra-time.
It remains all square in the Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark. Neither team was able to add to the scoreline in the second half as Kasper Schmeichel produced a solid save to deny Harry Maguire. Jordan Pickford was on point to deny Kasper Dolberg. It's anyone's game as we enter extra-time.
90' + 7' CLOSE! Grealish teases a ball through to Kane in the box, but the England skipper misfires in front of the net amid a desperate lunge of Kjaer ahead of him.
90' + 5' Kane wins a free-kick on the right flank that is angled towards Maguire. He rises to head at goal, but Schmeichel gets down to make a comfortable save.
90' + 4' Sterling gets the better of Vestergaard down the right flank. He sends a cutback towards Kane, but the skipper and Grealish get in each other's way. Phillips takes on the strike, but hammers his effort over the bar.
90' + 3' Shaw wins a free-kick from Poulsen and takes the set-piece quickly. He tries to fire a low cross into the middle, but his repelled by the Denmark defence.
90' + 1' Walker chests the ball to Kane in the Denmark box, but the England skipper just cannot find the room to pull the trigger amid desperate defending from the Danes.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
90' England probe in the final third, but the wall of red shirts are holding firm on the edge of their own box.
M. Jensen
T. Delaney
88' Jensen replaces Delaney in the Denmark midfield. Delaney has ran himself into the ground tonight.
86' Grealish tries to unlock the Denmark defence with an incisive pass towards Sterling in the right-inside channel. Hojbjerg reads the danger and makes the interception.
84' Delaney works his way into the England box down the right-inside channel. He hooks a cross towards the back post, but it travels safely wide for a goal-kick.
82' Shaw angles a free-kick into the box from the left flank. Stones turns to head at goal, but he directs his effort wide of the target.
82' Mount tries to get the better of Delaney and gets pulled back by the midfielder. The Dane avoids a booking, but he hands England a free-kick in a useful position.
80' WIDE! Phillips latches on to a loose ball 25 yards from goal and he launches a low strike towards the net, but his effort travels wide of the left post.
J. Andersen
A. Christensen
79' Christensen has to make way with a thigh injury and is replaced by Andersen.
78' Christensen has to stretch to clear a dangerous ball from Maguire towards Grealish. He hursts himself in the process, having already received treatment earlier in the half.
76' Norgaard has space on the right flank, but he angles his cross away from Poulsen in the box and out for a goal-kick.
74' Kane and Norgaard battle for possession on the edge of the box. England want a penalty, but the referee awards a free-kick to Denmark.
73' Mount collects an offload from Kane and clips a cross into the box. It loops towards the target, forcing Schmeichel to turn the ball over the bar.
D. Wass
Yellow Card
72' Wass barges Grealish to the ground and goes into the book.
70' The contest is finely poised entering the final 20 minutes. There's time for someone to be a hero for either team.
J. Grealish
B. Saka
69' Grealish replaces Saka down the right flank for England. He receives a huge ovation from the home fans.
68' Saka makes a break down the right flank, but just cannot escape the attention of Vestergaard, who sends the ball back into his own box. Wass has to hook it away from danger.
Y. Poulsen
M. Damsgaard
67' Poulsen will act as the Denmark spearhead now as he replaces Damsgaard.
C. Nørgaard
K. Dolberg
67' Norgaard enters the action for Denmark in the middle of the park to replace Dolberg.
D. Wass
J. Stryger Larsen
67' Stryger Larsen is withdrawn down the right flank for Wass for Denmark.
65' Christensen is down for the Danes and he requires treatment on his thigh before the game can continue.
64' Sterling and Saka combine in the box, but the former cannot pull the trigger. Mount latches on to the loose ball and goes for the strike, but he curls a tame effort straight at Schmeichel.
62' The game is being played at a frenetic pace. Both sides are up the contest tonight and neither are backing down.
60' CLOSE! Sterling offloads to Shaw on the charge down the left-inside channel. He fires a cross low and hard into the middle. It deflects off Hojbjerg and spins towards the target, but it just travels away from goal.
58' SAVE! Braithwaite works the ball into the path of Dolberg on the edge of the box. He rolls Maguire with ease and fires towards goal on his left foot, but Pickford gets down to make a comfortable save.
55' SCHMEICHEL DENIES MAGUIRE! Mount delivers a precise cross into the box from the right flank. Maguire rises to head at goal and his attempt takes a minor deflection on its way to the target. Schmeichel does extremely well to reach to his right and claw it away from danger.
54' Kane does well down the right flank as he wins a free-kick, drawing a foul from Maehle even when isolated.
53' Braithwaite has space on the right flank and he delivers a dangerous cross into the box. Pickford commits himself and punches the ball to safety.
51' SAVE! Maehle threads the ball through to Dolberg in the final third. He gets a break as the ball falls for him to strike from 20 yards ahead of Stones. Dolberg rifles a strike towards the bottom-right corner, but Pickford gets down to produce a solid stop. The forward was offside anyway, but the England keeper did not know that.
H. Maguire
Yellow Card
49' Maguire goes into the book as he catches Kjaer with an outstretched arm as he attempts to attack Mount's delivery. The England defender is not happy about the decision.
48' Saka has a run at Vestergaard and he draws the foul from the defender, winning a free-kick on the right flank.
46' Shaw angles a long ball over the top for the run of Sterling, but Kjaer does enough to fend off the forward and allow the ball to bounce back to Schmeichel.
46' We're back under way at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate will be pleased with his side's response to going behind, but there were a lot more positives for the Danes in the first half. Kasper Hjulmand's men exposed the Three Lions in the final third and will be encouraged by their performance.
It's all square at the break in the Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark at Wembley. The Danes took the lead and became the first team to score past the Three Lions in the tournament when Mikkel Damsgaard hammered a sublime strike home from a free-kick. England answered and Raheem Sterling saw an effort saved before Simon Kjaer diverted the ball into his own net from Bukayo Saka's cross. It has been an intense game and it remains in the balance.
45' The Three Lions probe on the edge of the box, but the Danes hold firm until the break.
43' England have reacted well to going behind. They've got the equaliser and have now settled into a rhythm in the final third.
41' Kjaer scored the first Danish own goal in their Euros history - 11th of the tournament - 2 more than all the other Euros combined.
S. Kjær
Own Goal
39' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! KJAER PUTS THE BALL INTO HIS OWN NET!!!!! 1-1!! England are back in the game as the Denmark skipper diverts the ball into an empty net. England cut open the Denmark defence down the right flank where Saka surges into the inside channel. The winger delivers a perfect cross into the middle. Sterling would be on hand to score if Kjaer does not slide. Unfortunately for the AC Milan man, he sends it into the back of the net.
38' WHAT A SAVE! Schmeichel produces a brilliant stop to deny Sterling from close range. Kane clips a low ball into the box and Sterling gets a march on Christensen, but sees his blast from six yards smash straight into the body of the Denmark keeper, who spreads himself to make the block.
36' BLOCK! Sterling lines up the free-kick, but he hammers his effort straight into the head of Kjaer holding firm in the wall.
35' Kane turns on the edge of the box and draws a foul from Delaney. England have a free-kick in a threatening position.
34' Damsgaard has been involved in eight goals in seven starts for Denmark (4 goals, 4 assists).
32' Denmark are in command of the contest and England are reeling at the moment. Southgate needs to calm his team.
M. Damsgaard
30' WHAT A GOAL!!!!! DAMSGAARD FIRES DENMARK AHEAD WITH A STUNNER!!!! 1-0!!!! Damsgaard puts the Danes with a brilliant strike from a free-kick. The midfielder curls his effort over the wall and it has enough dip to travel under Pickford's bar. The England keeper gets a hand to the ball, but he fails to keep it out of the net. Denmark have a deserved lead.
29' Shaw pulls down Christensen on the edge of the box and hands a free-kick to Denmark in a dangerous position.
28' Dolberg gets the better of Rice in the middle of the park and draws the foul from Mount as he gets back to cover. Denmark have a free-kick in a useful position.
27' Pickford has now set a new record for an England goalkeeper for most minutes without conceding, overtaking Gordon Banks' 720 minutes set between May/July 1966.
26' Saka battles hard in the final third for the hosts to win a free-kick. England need to stem the tide.
25' CLOSE! Vestergaard wins the ball from Kane and England are exposed at the back. Damsgaard opens up room for a strike at goal from 20 yards on his right foot, but he bends his effort just wide of the right post.
23' Walker makes an important interception at the back to cut out Hojbjerg's offload towards Maehle on the charge down the left flank.
22' Denmark take the pace out of the game with a period of possession. The red shirts are gaining confidence on the ball.
19' Stryger Larsen wastes a free-kick from the right flank as he overhits his delivery. The wing-back then gives away a needless foul for a shove on Sterling.
17' Pickford comes through a crowd of players on his line to punch Stryger Larsen's corner away from danger. Mount wins his duel with the Denmark man on the left flank to earn a free-kick for his team.
16' SAVE AND WIDE! Phillips loses possession and allows Hojbjerg to surge at the England box. He shoots low and hard towards the target, but Pickford make the save. However, the England keeper in his haste to distribute the ball throws it straight to Dolberg. He feeds an offload towards Braithwaite to shoot, but Maguire deflects his effort wide of the right post.
15' Walker feeds the ball into Kane 25 yards from goal. The England captain takes a touch, but he hammers his effort on the half-volley over the bar.
13' SAVE! Kane offloads to Sterling in space on the left flank. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but sends a tame effort straight at Schmeichel.
12' Mount and Saka combine down the right to allow the former to surge into the right-inside channel. Vestergaard gets across to divert the ball out for a corner.
10' Damsgaard surges in behind the England defence to latch on to Stryger Larsen's ball over the top. Walker races across from the right flank to edge out the forward before he can threaten.
9' Phillips clips a long ball over the top for the run of Saka, but it skips off the surface and out for a goal-kick.
8' Maehle has his first charge of the night down the left flank, but Walker holds him in check with a solid challenge.
7' Christensen brings the ball out from the back for the Danes, but sends his cross-field pass behind Maehle and out for a throw-in.
6' Phillips works the ball out wide to Kane on the right flank and he sends a low cross into the box. Sterling attacks it at the back post, but the delivery evades the run of the forward.
3' Shaw probes forward down the left and feeds an offload inside to Mount. He tries to turn, but gets crowded out. The ball deflects off Kjaer and lands in the grasp of Schmeichel. England appeal for a backpass, but the referee dismisses their claims.
2' England are pressing high up the pitch and Shaw catches Stryger Larsen with a late boot .
1' Phillips and Hojbjerg collide in the middle of the park, handing a free-kick to Denmark.
1' Sterling makes a surge through the Denmark midfield and draws a foul from Delaney.
1' We're under way in this Euro 2020 semi-final clash.
England have won just one of their last six competitive meetings with Denmark (D3 L2), with that victory coming in the 2002 World Cup (3-0).
Denmark are unchanged from their win over Czech Republic in their quarter-final clash. Kasper Hjulmand keeps faith with the same line-up that triumphed in Baku as he opts to leave Dolberg in the final third. Stryger Larsen also remains on the field ahead of Wass.
England have made one change to their line-up that beat Ukraine 4-0 last time out. Saka has recovered from an ankle injury that ruled him out of the quarter-final clash and he replaces Sancho on the right flank. Southgate resists the temptation to match Denmark's formation, leaving Trippier on the bench and Mount remains in the final third.
DENMARK SUBS: Jacob Andersen, Robert Skov, Andreas Skov Olsen, Zanka, Christian Norgaard, Jonas, Daniel Wass, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius, Frederik Ronnow, Mathias Jensen.
DENMARK (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Jannik Vestergaard; Jens Stryger Larsen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Joakim Maehle; Martin Braithwaite, Mikkel Damsgaard, Kasper Dolberg.
ENGLAND SUBS: Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Ramsdale, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Sam Johnstone, Reece James, Jude Bellingham.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillps; Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane.
Denmark have been the story of the European Championships with their outstanding spirit in the face of the ultimate adversity. Most teams would have been overwhelmed emotionally after Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest in their opening match. However, the Danes held their composure amid the health scare of their team-mate. They have won their last three matches on the bounce, including their 2-1 win over Czech Republic in the last eight. Momentum is on their side in their bid to reach the final for the first time since their triumph in the competition in 1992.
England have the opportunity to reach the final of the European Championships for the first time. Gareth Southgate's men were outstanding in the quarter-finals to hammer Ukraine 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. A brace from Harry Kane along with goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson paved their way into the last four. However, England have not won a semi-final in a major competition since 1966. The pressure will be on them to deliver in front of a home crowd.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark at Wembley.