Although England is the birthplace of football, it has not been recognized as a football power worthy of it. This is because they failed to perform in major competitions such as the World Cup and Euro. In 1966, he won the World Cup he had dreamed of winning the World Cup in his home country, but since then, there has been no connection to the top. It wasn’t that the team was weak. Having formed a team close to the championship several times, they reached the semifinals four times in the Euro in 1968 and 1996, and in the World Cup in 1990 and 2018, but each time they slipped on the threshold of the final.
This England has finally crossed the wall of the quarterfinals of the major tournament that was blocking them. On the 8th, in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark held at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Harry Kane (28, Tottenham) scored the winning goal in overtime and won 2-1. With this, England enjoyed the thrill of reaching the final for the first time in Euro history. In addition, in the semifinals of major tournaments such as the World Cup and Euro, I tasted the joy of winning the first time in ‘five matches of four’.
Despite receiving enthusiastic support from the locals at their home stadium, England gave up a free kick goal to Mikel Damsgaard (Sampdoria) in the 30th minute of the first half, making it difficult to start the game. Then, he immediately strengthened the offensive and succeeded in balancing the opponent’s own goal in the 39th minute of the first half. Following Kane’s penetration pass, a cutback handed over by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) from the right was hit by Danish defender Simon Kiyer (AC Milan) and headed for the goal. After that, the two teams could not score in regular time, so the game went to overtime, and England finally opened the goal. At the end of the first half of extra time, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) stumbled into the right side of the penalty area and stumbled by Joachim Mehle (Atalanta), and a penalty kick was awarded after the video review (VAR). Kane’s shot as the kicker was blocked by Danish goalkeeper Kesper Schmeichel (Leicester City), but Kane rebounded the ball and shot again to open the net. In the end, this goal became the final goal of the match.
Now England are also aiming to win the final to be held on the 12th.
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