Last night, we saw Italy prevail on penalties against Spain after Alvaro Morata went from hero to villain for Spain as he missed the crucial penalty that allowed Jorginho to convert Italy’s final spot kick to claim a place in the Euro 2020 final.
After such a high quality and enthralling encounter, which Spain will probably feel hard done to for not winning, Italy’s opponents in Sunday’s final will either be the hugely resilient and impressive Denmark team, or Gareth Southgate’s England team who have reached the third semi-final of an international tournament in a row.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to tonight’s big semifinal at Wembley that has got the whole of England talking in the hope of reaching their first major final since the 1966 World Cup Final.
Denmark v England
Denmark’s Route To The Semi Final
Drawn in Group B and playing all their games at home in Copenhagen throughout the group stages, Denmark’s first game of the tournament finished in a 1-0 defeat to Finland, but the result was very much secondary after the awful incident that saw Christian Eriksen collapse with a heart condition. Fortunately, the Danish player has made a recovery since and that seemed to have a galvanising effect on the team.
In the next game, the Danes were unlucky to lose 2-1 to a Kevin de Bruyne inspired Belgium and that left them on the brink of elimination. However, in their final game a 4-1 win over Russia combined with other results going their way meant that the Danes finished second in the group behind Belgium.
The good form continued in the Round of 16 where Wales were despatched 4-0, with Kasper Dolberg scoring twice and the same player found the net again in the quarterfinal where the Danes defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to earn only their second semi-final spot in this tournament in history.
The last time came back in 1992, when the Danish team went on to win the trophy in unexpected fashion, after only entering the tournament as a last-minute replacement for Yugoslavia.
Key Man – Mikkel Damsgaard – The Sampdoria man has come into the side to deputise for Eriksen and has performed very well in his absence. A creative midfielder who has quick feet and is dangerous from outside the box, he will need to be closely monitored.
- Probable Line Up – 3-4-2-1 – Schmeichel, Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Stryger Larsen, Maehle, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Damsgaard, Braithwaite, Dolberg.
England’s Route To The Semi Final
England were drawn into group D with Scotland, the Czech Republic and Croatia but would play all their home games in the group stages at Wembley. Southgate’s men began the tournament with a 1-0 win over Croatia with Raheem Sterling scoring the goal in what was a tight and nervy game.
The nerves seemed to continue into the second game when Scotland were the better of the two teams in what was a dour 0-0 draw at Wembley. England played better in their third game though and another 1-0 win over the Czech Republic, thanks to another Raheem Sterling goal, saw England top the group with seven points.
In the quarterfinal, old rivals Germany awaited at Wembley but there would be no repeat of the defeats that have blighted England fans over the last 30 years or so as England won the game 2-0, putting in a fine display and with late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane ending the German’s hopes in the tournament.
That led to a quarterfinal tie in Rome against the Ukraine and England got off to a flyer with Harry Kane scoring after just three minutes. In the second half, England cemented the win with three more goals in a superb display, Harry Maguire, Kane with his second and Jordan Henderson scoring the goals as the Three Lions qualified for their third semi final in a row after the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Nations League.
It matches the England team’s performances of 1968 and 1996 when they also reached the semi finals, with the 1968 team finishing third in the tournament after winning the third place game against Russia.
Key Man – Raheem Sterling – The Manchester City winger has been hugely influential for England in this tournament, netting three goals but also being the creative catalyst for many of England’s most inventive attacks. His pace and ability to run with the ball will be key against a well-organised Danish defence.
- Probable Line Up – 4-2-3-1 – Pickford, Walker, Shaw, Maguire, Stones, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Saka, Kane.
Denmark V England Tips And Predictions
Both these teams will experience a big step up in quality from their quarter final ties. The Danes have really found some form and togetherness after that awful first game in the tournament, and they do have a good recent record against England, winning one and drawing one of the last two games between the teams in the 2019 Nations League.
However, England’s new found confidence and their renewed attacking threat means that added to home advantage and a partisan home crowd set to cheer them on, means that I am backing the Three Lions to finally break their semi-final jinx and land the win here.
What score that will be by is an interesting point. Games between these two teams have not produced many goals in recent times and I think tonight will be close but I do think that a 2-0 scoreline does sound just about right.
And in terms of goalscorers, you can’t look beyond Harry Kane now that he has found form once again with three goals in his last two games for the Three Lions.
Full Time Result – England to win – 7/10
Correct Score – England 2-0 Denmark – 13/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane (England) – 11/10