The final could not have been better, on July 11, at Wembley, we will see a real football classic between England and Italy in the fight for the most important trophy in European football. England defeated Denmark tonight after many difficulties, only after extra time, but the winning goal of Harry Kane in the 104th minute was preceded by a rather debatable penalty by Joakim Maehle over Rahim Sterling - 2: 1 (1: 1, 1: 1).
The contact, if it existed, was too mild to be judged at such an important moment in the match of the semifinals of the European Championship, so by then the perfect Dutchman Danny Makkelie seriously spoiled the impression of his arbitration in this match.
Not to be confused, a better opponent went to the finals, they really were better during tonight's match, but the English could have reached the finals in a different way. Kasper Schmeichel even managed to save Kane's shot, but the ball bounced in front of his feet, so there was no save for the great goalkeeper Leicester this time.
Thus, for the first time since 1966 and the world title at the old Wembley, England had the opportunity to fight for the trophy in a big competition. England ran into a tough and proud opponent, so, apart from the chance of Rahim Sterling, the majority of the audience at Wembley did not have much reason to regret a missed opportunity.
The Danes, as expected, played on the counter, threatened over the great Damsgaard from the break, Kasper Dolberg was very unpleasant for the English defense on several occasions, and then the phenomenal Sampdoria player had the opportunity from a free kick in the 30th minute.
Damsgaard shoots fiercely at the ball, crossed the living wall, and took advantage of Jordan Pickford's insufficiently good reaction. The English had to take the ball out of their net for the first time in the tournament.
It is from the free-kick, but what kind!
However, this selection of England has once again shown that they have character. Gareth Southgate's selection quickly started with the siege of the opponent's goal, to enter from the chance to chance, so only nine minutes were enough to equalize.
Fast-footed Bukayo Saka ran great on the right flank, got a timely ball from Harry Kane, and then sent the ball into the box, where Kjaer had a bad reaction in front of Sterling and he sent the ball behind the back of the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.
The English were closer to the second goal in the second half, but Denmark never allowed the opponent to put it them an unenviable position. Maguire threatened dangerously in the 54th minute after a perfect ball by Mason Mount, but other than that, not many great chances were seen in front of two goals.
Sterling persistently made complications for the opposing defenders, and the only thing Southgate tried to change was that instead of Saka, Grealish was on the field. However, the favorite of the English audience did not bring anything special.
There was no movement that would deceive the opponent, nor a mastery that would lift the audience to its feet. At the start of the extra time, Southgate gave a chance to Henderson and Foden, instead of Rice and Mount, which breathed fresh into the midfield and tried to put extra pressure.
That's what happened, England quickly shifted their focus in front of the opponent's goal, started with a complete siege, and then the unstoppable Sterling roared past Maehle, entered the penalty area, and then fell.
The referee had no dilemma, but a penalty was watched in the VAR room, after which it was confirmed. In the end, it was this much-talked-about penalty that brought the winner. Indeed, on July 11, a great final awaits us between Italy and England