England made history on Wednesday night as they qualified for their first ever European Championship final courtesy of a 2-1 win over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final.
Gareth Southgate’s side hadn’t conceded a single goal so far at Euro 2020 as they kicked off their last-four clash. The Three Lions safely navigated their way out of Group D thanks to 1-0 wins against the Czech Republic and Croatia while their only dropped points of the competition came against Scotland on matchday two.
Convincing wins against Germany and Ukraine followed in the knockout rounds before their semi-final clash against Denmark.
Just three years on from their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia, Southgate’s side were looking to go one better and reach the final of a European Championship for the first time in their history, and they did just that thanks to an own goal from Simon Kjaer and an extra-time Harry Kane goal – following up a missed penalty – gave England a famous win.
It was a Mikkel Damsgaard free kick which had initially given Denmark the lead on the night, with Jordan Pickford perhaps at fault for the goal nestling in the middle of his net.
The Three Lions quickly bounced back however, as Kjaer turned a dangerous ball into the six-yard box into his own net with Raheem Sterling looming behind him.
After wave, upon wave, upon wave of second half pressure against the tiring Denmark team, the game would go to extra time – an extra time in which Kane would emerge as England’s hero.
The results means it’s England who progress through to Euro 2020’s showpiece event to face Italy after Roberto Mancini’s side secured a dramatic penalty shootout win over Spain on Tuesday night.
Having already written their own bit of history in reaching the final, if England can overcome Italy on Sunday night they’ll notch just their second ever piece of major international silverware, 55 years on from their World Cup triumph in 1966.
Meanwhile, Denmark’s campaign is over as there will be no third-place play-off game at this summer’s competition.