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Winners and losers as England reach Euro 2020 final

England have reached the Euro 2020 final with a 2-1 win over Denmark in extra time.

The Three Lions came from behind to secure the victory as Harry Kane scored the vital goal to set up a mouth-watering tie against Italy.

Mikkel Damsgaard frightened Gareth Southgate’s men with a stunning free kick in the first half before a Simon Kjaer’s own goal drew England level just before the break.

England were unable to grab a winner in the second half, but completed the comeback in extra time.

Harry Kane netted the decisive goal as got the rebound from his own penalty miss after Raheem Sterling was awarded a controversial spot-kick.

Here are the winners and losers from tonight’s match.

England have reached the Euro 2020 final

Winners

Southgate gets it spot on

The England manager has been criticised for his team selection in the group stages as he left out the likes of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.

But he deserves credit for making such difficult calls and getting them right in the process.

Bringing Bukao Saka back into the side after Sancho’s impressive performance was another example of the England manager getting his team spot on.

He refrained from using his subs too early which meant England were the fresher of the two teams in extra time.

England have gone one step further than in Russia and that’s largely down to Southgate excelling in his role.

He’s now on the cusp of history and who says he won’t pass the biggest test of them all.

Saka/Sterling combo

Bukayo Saka impressed for England
Bukayo Saka impressed for England

It’s no surprise that England’s response came from Saka and Sterling as they got on level terms.

Kjaer diverted the Arsenal youngster’s ball into his own net but it was Sterling’s presence that forced the mistake.

Saka was one of the few with pass marks for England in the first half and Sterling was, like he has been all tournament, in the right place at the right time.

It was a crucial time to get the goal back as Denmark were growing stronger and stronger and England were on the ropes.

A major turning point that had a huge say in how the game played out.

The Great Danes

Even though Denmark fell short tonight, what a tournament it’s been for them.

The fact their best player Christian Eriksen has been out since in the opener, never mind dealing with the emotional aftermath of his cardiac arrest speaks volumes of how resolute they are.

They put up a valiant effort against England and were a stern test as they played some brilliant football in the 90 minutes.

The Danes ran out of steam in extra time and can feel hard done by England’s winning penalty, but they can definitely hold their heads up high after this tournament.

Denmark's Mikkel Damsgaard scored the game's opener - the first goal England have conceded at the Euros
Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard scored the game’s opener – the first goal England have conceded at the Euros

Deadly Damsgaard

What a sensational free-kick it was from Damsgaard to give Denmark the lead.

He looked confident standing over the ball and it was Ronaldo like the way he rifled it into the back of the net.

He has continued his fine tournament and to think he was only given his chance due to the absence of Eriksen is pretty unbelievable.

But it’s fair to say he’s grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

The Sampdoria star will surely attract attention from clubs around Europe this summer.

Losers

VAR in the spotlight once again

We’re talking about VAR for the wrong reasons again as it failed to overturn the penalty that was given to England in extra time.

There was minimal contact on Raheem Sterling as the England winger went down with ease.

The referee pointed to the spot and the decision should have been reversed, but VAR did not see a clear and obvious error.

It’s a shame such a great game had to be decided on those terms, but sometimes you need the luck to go your way and on this occasion, it did for England.




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