England knocked out Denmark in the semi-final of the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament at Wembley stadium. The three lions now advance into the final where they will face Italy who knocked out Spain to advance to the final. At the start of the game, England had a lot of possession and looked bright on the attack, forcing the Danes to fall deep into their own half.
England had a lot of penetration and looked like scoring quickly but all of a sudden they fell a goal behind to Mikel Damsgaard's exceptional free kick which Jordan Pickford had little chance of stopping. All of England's work looked like it was crashing down and they could be out of the tournament. But surprisingly, at the restart England found a new gear and determination to force the Danish defence into committing mistakes.
Exactly nine minutes after conceding the opening goal, England were rewarded for their hardwork as Denmark captain Simon Kjaer put the ball into his own net after a very penetrating run and accurate low cross from Bukayo Saka.
Full-time ended 1-1 and the match had to go into extra time. As expected, there were a few tired legs and in the 104th minute England were awarded a penalty kick after Raheem Sterling was tripped in the 18 yard box. Up stepped England captain Harry Kane, and although he missed the spot kick he was able to put the rebound into the net.
This gave England a 2-1 win over the Danes and also a spot to compete with Italy for the prestigious Euro 2020 trophy. After the match, a lot of fans termed England's win as being "Lucky", but it should be noted that although they were lucky to get the penalty, winning the game wasn't entirely down to luck.
A lot of things is needed to win football games most especially knockout rounds. Things like talent, skill, application, commitment, passion, dedication and experience are needed to win games such as England's win over Denmark. Surprisingly, all these attributes were present in the English squad and it showed when the English players didn't back down or retreat into their shells after going a goal down to Denmark.
English teams of recent times have been known to go down under pressure just like their world cup semifinal loss in 2018. But this current group have shown that they can cope with the pressure of winning tournaments and would be hoping to beat Italy in the final.
The England team pushed hard and refused to back down even after trailing by a goal, this is one of the key traits in a title winning squad and I think it bodes well for the future of English football.
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