England Return To First Major Final Since ‘66

Jonathan Grant | July 8th, 2021

The England national soccer team is finally headed back to a major final. It has taken them a long, long time to do it, since 1966 to be exact, but it was accomplished on Wednesday as they took advantage of a depleted Denmark to win 2-1 and book their spot against Italy come Sunday in London. Buoyed on by their home fans at Wembley Stadium, England fell behind due to Mikkel Damsgaard’s 30th-minute free-kick. Less than ten minutes later, the crowd erupted when Simon Kjaer, under pressure from Raheem Sterling, scored an own goal to knot up the scores at one.

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It would stay that way for the duration of the 90 ‘regulation’ minutes, forcing extra time. In extra time, Denmark were largely just trying to hold on for penalties, but that would not come. Sterling was fouled in the box in the first ‘half’ of ET, and Harry Kane would step up to take it. Kasper Schmeichel saved the initial attempt, but Kane followed up to score on the rebound, handing England what turned out to be the winner. They will now take on Italy with a chance to once again make the entire nation go up in raptures.

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