The Warmdown: England make it to a major final for the first time since 1966
England v Denmark - UEFA Euro 2020: Semi-final
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Harry Kane of England celebrates with Phil Foden after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

England fought their way to the Euro Championship finals with a fantastic victory over Denmark by two goals to one in the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium.

The Three Lions started off very well on home soil with Harry Kane offloading to Raheem Sterling in space on the left flank. He cut inside to shoot on his right foot, sending his effort straight at Kasper Schmeichel

However, England were made to pay after a cheap free-kick was awarded in the 30th minute. Mikkel Damsgaard firing the visitors ahead with a stunning free-kick. The midfielder curling his effort over the wall, the ball having enough dip to travel under Jordan Pickford's bar. The England keeper getting a hand to the ball but failing to keep it out of the net.  

England would play themselves into the game waking up after falling behind. Schmeichel producing a brilliant stop in the 38th minute to deny Sterling from close range. Kane was central to the attack clipping a low ball into the box, Sterling blasting his shot from six yards out smashing the ball straight into the body of the Denmark keeper, who spread himself to make the block.  

Six minutes before half time England would level. Simon Kjaer putting the ball in his own net. The Three Lions were back in the game equalising as the Denmark keeper diverted the ball into an empty net. The Three Lions cutting open the Denmark defence down the right flank where Bukayo Saka surged into the inside channel. The winger delivering a perfect cross into the middle of the park. 

At half time the intense game was level as the game remained in the balance. The game finished all square in normal with extra time and penalties beckoning for both sides as England had other ideas.

A penalty in the 102nd minute would be the vital goal to take England through to the final. Sterling using his pace down the right flank, going down under the challenge of Joakim Maehle. There was a VAR check for the spot-kick but the decision stood although the contact was minimal with Kane missing the penalty but scoring on the rebound. 

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  • Match statistics

During the 90 minutes England had more possession at 59 per cent; the Three Lions keeping the ball looking to find the gaps on their statistical shots on target, with Denmark always holding out England right till the end during the whole of the 90 minutes. 

England had 20 shots on goal during the game compared to the Denmark's six, with ten shots on target to the away sides three.

The possession count for England was much higher with a 59 per cent to 41 per cent at Wembley Stadium. The total pass count for the Three Lions was a much higher 729 to Denmark's 534. England also had the better passing accuracy of 87% to the visitors 80%.

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