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  Wednesday, 7 July 2021
2020 UEFA European Championship Second Phase Semi-final match two

England 2 Denmark 1 [1-1]ᴭᵀ
1-1 after ninety minutes

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 64,950

131 minutes
45:01 & 51:51 18:09 & 16:04
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg kicked off after
England 'took knee' & Denmark clapped
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg kicked off ET
 100th EC goal conceded by England
[0-1] Martin Damsgaard freekick 30 29:24
25yd right-footed freekick over the wall and out of Pickford's reach
(Shaw fouled Christensen 28:18: awarded 28:20)
[1-1]Simon Kjær own goal 39 38:17
Bukayo Saka's cross from the touchline goes in off Kjær's right thigh from 6yds under Sterling pressure
VAR Penalty Check: Norgaard fouled Kane 73:51  
[1-1]Harry Kane penalty 104 103:41
 right-footed tame low penalty saved as Schmeichel dived to his left
(Mæhle fouled Sterling 101:46, awarded 101:48)
VAR checked: awarded 102:55

[2-1] Harry Kane104 103:42
followed up his own penalty miss with his right foot from 6yds to Schmeichel's right

fiftieth ECF goal scored by England
  Mathias Jensen injured - ten men 105:00
Harry Maguire 49 48:37
Daniel Wass 72 71:30
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon - watched by 23.86 million viewers (peak audience 25.71m)


Officials from the Netherlands England Squad


Denmark Squad
Referee (sky blue)
Danny Desmond Makkelie
38 (28 January 1983), Willemstad, Curaçao
, FIFA-listed 2011
21 Goal Attempts 6
10 Attempts on Target 3
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Hessel Steegstra
43 (27 March 1978)
Jan de Vries
39 (14 July 1982)
6 Corner Kicks Won 5
Fourth official
Ovidiu A
lin Hațegan, 40 (14 July 1980), Arad, Romania

Fifth Official - Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe, 45 (7 March 1976), Roma.
UEFA Referee Obsever - Roberto Rosetti
, Italy
0 Offside Calls Against 1
10 Fouls Conceded 21
58% Possession 42%
Video Assistant Officials Assistant one - Bernie Raymond 'Kevin' Blom, 47
Pol Van Boekel
45 (19 September 1975), Vierlingsbeek, FIFA-listed 2008
Assistant two - Christian Gittelmann, 38, Germany
Assistant three - Paweł Gil, 45, Poland

England Team



FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, navy blue shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ³¹
38th, W 25 - D 6 - L 7 - F 83 - A 29
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
sixtieth match, W 39 - D 11 - L 10 - F 121 - A 39
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
122 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 37 28ᵍᵃ
conceded England's 35th direct free-kick
2 Walker, Kyle A. 31
40 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 60 0
the 43rd/44th player to reach the 60-app milestone
5 Stones, John 27
40 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC 48 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 28
124 days
5 March 1993 LCD
Manchester United FC
36 4
49th min. for jumping higher than Simon Kjær at an England corner
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 25
360 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 15 0
14 Phillips, Kalvin M. 25
217 days
2 December 1995 RDM Leeds United AFC 14 0
4 Rice, Declan, off 95th min. 22
174 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 23 1
Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., off 69th min. 19
305 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC 8 1
19 Mount, Mason T., off 95th min. 22
178 days
10 January 1999 AM Chelsea FC 20 4
the 189th player to reach the 20-app milestone
10 Sterling, Raheem S. 26
211 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
Manchester City FC 67 17
9 Kane, Harry E. 27
344 days
28 July 1993


Tottenham Hotspur FC 60 38

36th penalty-kick missed (132) the 43rd/44th player to reach the 60-app milestone
nineteenth EC Goal - record-equalling with Wayne Rooney
tenth Major Tournament goal (=Gary Lineker)
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Denmark 1
7 Grealish, Jack P., on 69th min. (68:36) for Saka, off 105th min. 25
300 days
10 September 1995 LAM Aston Villa FC 11 7 0
20 Foden, Philip W., on 95th min. (94:26) for Mount 21
40 days
28 May 2000 AM Manchester City FC 9 6 2
8 Henderson, Jordan B., on 95th min. (94:42) for Rice 31
20 days
17 June 1990 DM Liverpool FC 63 43 1
scoreline: England 2 Denmark 1
12 Trippier, Kieran J., on 105th min. for Grealish 30
291 days
19 September 1990 LB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 32 26 1
result: England 2 Denmark 1

unused substitutes:

11-Marcus Rashford, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 15-Tyrone Mings, 16-Conor Coady, 17-Jadon Sancho, 23-Sam Johnstone, 24-Reece James, 26-Jude Bellingham.

substitute records:

Jack Grealish is the third England substitute to be substituted at a Major Tournament, following Jamie Redknapp in Euro 1996 and Aaron Lennon in World Cup 2006.

team notes:

Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
This is the 750th match played under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry Kane is the first England player to score in Extra-Time since Frank Lampard did in Euro 2004 against Portugal (sixth player overall and seventh goal).

manager records:

It is Gareth Southgate's record 28th match at the National Stadium, six more than Hodgson. He has now surpassed two million spectators at the National Stadium.

captain records:

Harry Kane now holds more European Championship Final captaincies (6) than the ten other captains.

clean sheet records:

Denmark end England's run of a record seven consecutive matches without conceding.
England went 692 minutes without conceding a goal .The record is 709 set in 1966. 
Jordan Pickford went 726 minutes between conceding goals, a new record (three more than Gordon Banks in 1965-66).

penalty kick records:

Harry Kane is the first player to miss three penalty-kicks for England. The first Major Tournament miss since David Beckham's was saved against France in June 2004.
The first time two England penalty-kicks in a row have been missed since May/June 2006.


England's third semi-final in a row.
Only Alf Ramsey before Southgate had took England to a World Cup and European Championship semi-final - and then a Final.
This is the third meeting between the two countries at a Major Tournament Finals, Won two, drew one.
This is the first time England have come from behind a European Championship Finals knockout match, and the first time since Cameroon in 1990 they have done so in a Finals match, which is also the last time they won a match in Extra Time.
This is the first time England have played nineteen matches in a single season, and the first time they have won fifteen matches in one season.

manager Gareth Southgate was an unused sub against Denmark in the 2002 WCF, and had to withdraw from the squad in November 2003.

4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw
Phillips, Rice
(Henderson) -
(Grealish (Trippier)), Mount (Foden), Sterling -
notes: When Grealish came on - he went to the left, swapping with Sterling.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 327 days Appearances/Goals 35.3 6.0

Denmark Team

Rank: FIFA (23rd May 2021) 10th
EFO ranking
Group Four
ELO rating 9th
Colours: made by Hummel - Red v-necked tonal jerseys with darker red trim, red shorts with darker red sidestripe and red chevrons, red socks.
Capt: Simon Kjær Head Coach: Kasper Hjulmand, 48 (9 April 1972), appointed 12 June 2020, effective 1 July 2020,
19th match, W 12 - D 2 - L 5 - F 43 - A 15.
Denmark Lineup
1 Schmeichel, Kasper P. 34
244 days
5 November 1986 G Leicester City FC, England 71 55ᵍᵃ
6 Christensen, Andreas B., off 79th min. 35
88 days
10 April 1986 RD Chelsea FC, England 47 2
4 Kjær, Simon T. 32
103 days
26 March 1989
AC Milan, Italy
56th own goal scored for England
3 Vestergaard, Jannik, off 104th min. 28
338 days
3 August 1992 LD Southampton FC, England 28 1
17 Stryger Larsen, Jens, off 67th min. 30
136 days
21 February 1991 RWB Udinese Calcio, Italy 42 2
23 Højbjerg, Pierre-Emile K. 25
336 days
5 August 1995 DM Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 47 4
8 Delaney, Thomas J., injured off 87th min. (86:46) 29
307 days
3 September 1991 AM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 60 6
5 Mæhle Pedersen, Joakim 24
109 days
20 March 1997 LWB Atalanta BC, Italy 16 4
9 Braithwaite Christensen, Martin 30
32 days
5 June 1991 RF FC Barcelona, Spain 56 10
12 Dolberg Rasmussen, Kasper, off 67th min. 23
274 days
6 October 1997 CF Olympique Gymnast Club de Nice, France 30 10
Damsgaard, Mikkel, off 67th min. 21
4 days
3 July 2000 LF UC Sampdoria, Italy 8 4
Denmark Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Denmark 1
18 Wass, Daniel, on 67th min. (66:29) for Stryger 32
37 days
31 May 1989 RWB
Valencia CF, Spain
72nd min. for bringing down Jack Grealish as he ran past him.
20 Poulsen, Yussuf Y., on 67th min. (66:44) for Damsgaard 27
22 days
15 June 1994 RF RB Leipzig, Germany 59 10
15 Nørgaard, Christian T., on 67th min. (66:56) for Dolberg 27
58 days
10 May 1994 DM Brentford FC, England 8 0
2 Andersen, Joachim C., on 79th min. (78:16) for Christensen 25
37 days
31 May 1996 RD Olympique Lyonnais, France 8 0
24 Jensen, Mathias, on 88th min. (87:11) for Delaney, off injured 105th min. NOT REPLACED 25
187 days
1 January 1996
Brentford FC, England
scoreline: England 2 Denmark 1 (AET sub)
19 Wind, Jonas O., on 105th min. (104:54) for Vestergaard 22
150 days
7 February 1999 F FC København 9 3
result: England 2 Denmark 1

unused substitutes:

7-Robert Skov, 11-Andreas Skov Olsen, 13-Mathias Jørgensen, 16-Jonas Lössl, 21-Andreas Cornelius, 22-Frederick Rønnow.

team notes:

Anders Christensen was initially injured (63:19) and received treatment on the field in the Danish goalmouth. He then went off for treatment (65:00) before being allowed to play on. He then aggravated the injury stretching for a Harry Maguire through ball (77:14) and eventually replaced (78:16) after on field treatment.
Denmark started the second period of extra time with just ten men, substitute Mathias Jensen being the missing player. He had been clattered by Kyle Walker (105+2:59). Denmark had used their alloted substitutions, so had to play out the match a man down.


Mikkel Damsgaard's goal is the only one from a direct free-kick in Euro 2020.
It is the 35th direct free-kick scored against England.
Denmark scored their first goal against England in Major Tournament football, this, the third meeting.
5-3-2 after 67 minutes
Schmeichel -
(Andersen), Kjær, Vestergaard -
Stryger (Wass), Højbjerg, Delaney (Jensen), Mæhle -
Braithwaite, Dolberg
(Nørgaard), Damsgaard (Poulsen).
notes: after 67 minutes the wingbacks took a more defensive role, with Nørgaard going into middle

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 281 days Appearances/Goals 47.1 4.1

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Well, what a night that was!  Forget the history, forget our failings in the past, just savour this moment of the here and now.  England are through to the final of Euro 2020, how good does that sound?  On a night of huge drama and tension, England prevailed and, eventually, deserved to go through to meet Italy in the final.

It had been a bright start by the Three Lions, but Denmark soon showed that they were not just here to make up the numbers. They battled and fought for every ball and after just one minute I wrote that it was one foul each! Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling tried to work something down the left, and then on six minutes the England fans held their breath as a tantalising cross came in from Harry Kane on the right. It was a superb pass, but unfortunately Sterling just couldn’t quite reach it and the ball went out for a goal-kick.

In the ninth minute Mikkel Damsgaard broke away, but, not for the last time in the match, Kyle Walker’s brilliant pace caught him and shepherded the ball safely back to Jordan Pickford. At the other end, good work by Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka ended with some desperate defending by the Danes to clear the ball away from danger. Four minutes later and Kasper Schmeichel was called into action for the first time as Sterling cut inside to fire in a low shot which the goalkeeper comfortably saved. A minute later Kane shot over from another attack. England had settled well.  Denmark were battling for everything though, and they were the next to attack as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg shot straight at Pickford, who also had a comfortable save.  But Pickford’s poor clearance was then intercepted, and the goalkeeper was lucky to get away with just a corner conceded. Careless by Pickford.  To be fair he then made a positive punch to clear the corner. Hojbjerg, then went down rather easily under challenge from Declan Rice, and won a free-kick that came to nothing.

Both sides were pressing hard, and it was largely a stalemate for the first 20 minutes. Kane was robbed of the ball to enable a shot by Damsgaard to fly wide of goal and then on 28 minutes, Mount was penalised for a foul. This was blocked but in the melee the referee pulled up Shaw for holding, which was a bit strange as everyone was holding everyone else at this stage. The free-kick was quite a long way out, but Damsgaard hit a peach of a shot which went over the jumping wall, towards the top corner, and dipped viciously under the bar with Pickford, getting fingers to it but unable to keep it out. It stunned the crowd in the stadium, and the millions at home. The immediate thought at the time was, "Here we go again!". But this England team are made of sterner stuff than us supporters, and they knuckled down to the job in hand after their first setback of the tournament.

It has to be said that Denmark deserved their goal, as they had just edged it to that point. Pickford hit another poor clearance, and the keeper needs to regain his calm authority of the early games in the Euros. However, England cleared the ball and Sterling broke down the left to put in a dangerous cross that the Danish defence only just dealt with. On 38 minutes, it was so nearly 1-1, as Kane broke down the right and put a splendid ball into the middle. Sterling met it, and we all shouted "Goal", except that Schmeichel blocked the ball with his ample body for a good save. Sterling would have put that away nine times out of ten, but this was the tenth, sadly. No need to worry though, because on 39 minutes, just a minute later, Sterling was in there again. This time Kane’s wonderful through pass sent Saka away, and his clever run on the right ended with a dangerous low cross aimed at Sterling. However, as the Manchester City striker challenged, defender Simon Kjaer beat him to it to crash the ball into the top of the net for an own goal. If it was any consolation to the Dane, if the defender had missed it, Sterling would have scored.

The England players were all working really hard, and one terrific piece of defending by Rice highlighted the effort and determination that was being put in. The goal certainly gave the England team, and fans, the lift they needed, and the half drew to a close with England looking more assured again. Overall, 1-1 was about right, so lots of work still to do.

Three minutes after the break, Saka was fouled out on the right, and from the free-kick, Harry Maguire jumped well, only to be penalised. The Manchester United player was fuming after the referee harshly gave him a yellow card. Kjaer didn’t help matters by feigning injury, clutching his face, as you do!

A good spell from the Danes as Kasper Dolberg, forces Pickford into a good save. However, the whistle had gone for an offside decision. But the Denmark players were passing the ball around well, and Kalvin Phillips, Rice and Mount were having to work hard to stem the tide. In the 55th minute the pressure was relieved when Kane won a free-kick, and from it Maguire so nearly gave England the lead. A terrific header was goalbound until that man Schmeichel dived full length to push the ball away.

The referee irked the crowd with some of his decisions against England, whereas Joakim Maehle had committed several fouls and never once received the yellow card that he deserved.

Just before the hour mark Pickford saved another effort from Dolberg, whilst Mount went close at the other end as Schmeichel again saved well. The Danish goalkeeper was having a fine game. Time for some substitutes as Denmark brought on three, whilst Gareth Southgate replaced Saka with Jack Grealish. The Aston Villa player’s first contribution was, naturally, to be fouled, but he also showed an immediate willingness to push England forward. Mount’s cross was touched over the bar by Schmeichel and then Sterling was crowded out by the strong Danish defence. In another attack, Kane was brought down for a stonewall penalty, but alas, the referee blew for a foul by Kane just before. It was certainly obvious that the penalty challenge was far worse than Kane’s foul. In my opinion the ref had in the main been harsh on England, but then I’m biased!!

With 15 minutes to go it all became very tense. Phillips saw a shot deflected for a corner, which was given as a goalkick (see what I mean), and then Stones headed wide after Mount had been brought down. It was hard to watch as everyone knew that one mistake would cost them. Who would make it?

England pushed for a winner as Phillips shot over, Maguire headed into Schmeichel’s arms, and a late attack was only just blocked by desperate defending. It was probably written in the stars that there would be extra-time, and so it was.

our minutes into the extra period, Kane, who had a fine match, forced another diving save from the goalkeeper, who pushed the ball away, luckily to find no England player following up. Jordan Henderson and Phil Foden came on for the magnificent Rice and Mount, as England brought on fresh legs. Schmeichel saved well from Foden before Sterling shot over from a good position. England were now on top as the Danes flagged. Could they force a winner, yes, was the answer to that.

With 12 minutes of the extra period gone, Sterling attacked on the right bye-line cutting in dangerously. There was a definite trip, and this time the referee gave the penalty. Some saw it as soft, others, including Sterling, saw it as definite. My own thought was that if that challenge had happened on any other part of the pitch, then a free-kick would have been given.

I wonder if Schmeichel’s outstanding display in goal influenced Kane, as he stood to take the spot-kick. The crowd were hushed, and the tension unbearable. Up stepped Kane to hit one of the worst penalties he has probably taken, down to Schmeichel’s left. The keeper saved it, but, thank the Lord, it bounced back to Kane who joyfully put it into the back of the net. The only word for it was PHEW!!!!

At the start of the second period of extra-time, a strange thing happened in what was such a big game, as Mathias Jensen had to go off injured, but Denmark had used all their substitutes, so they were down to ten men for the remainder of the match.  Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier replaced Grealish in a surprise move by Southgate.  He wanted to switch to a back five, to hold on to the lead, but for a spell, England sat very deep, inviting the Danes onto them, a dangerous ploy.  However, the second period passed off without undue concerns and as it progressed, England played some of their best possession football of the tournament.  At the very end Sterling came so close to settling the tie once and for all, but man-of-the-match Schmeichel again saved the day.

And with that the final whistle blew on an incredible football match.  England had done it, they were in the final.  Outstanding displays from Sterling, Kane, Maguire, Stones (who never put a foot wrong), Rice, Phillips and especially Walker, who I rated as England’s own man-of-the-match.  But well done to the whole squad for a superb victory. 
Now, bring on the Italians.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributo