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England edges Denmark in extra time on Harry Kane goal rebounding missed penalty shot

England is headed to the Euro 2020 finals to face Italy. They benefited from a questionable penalty call, but are advancing after Harry Kane scored on a rebound after missing a penalty shot.

England v Denmark - UEFA Euro 2020: Semi-final Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

England narrowly ousted Denmark in their semifinal match with a final score of 2-1 thanks to a goal in extra time immediately following a saved penalty kick. Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard scored their only goal while an own goal gave England the equalizer in the first half. England will move on to face Italy in the Euro final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Denmark opened the scoring in the 30th minute off an absolutely beautiful free kick from Mikkel Damsgaard from outside the 18-yard box. He approached the ball and let a left-footed shot rip toward Jordan Pickford, who dove but wasn’t quite able to reach it as it soared toward the top left of the goal, putting the underdogs up 1-0 in the first half.

England pulled back the equalizer just nine minutes later thanks to an own goal from Denmark’s Simon Kjær. Bukayo Saka sprung free down the right side with the ball and sent a cross in to Raheem Sterling who was streaking toward goal. Kjær slid to try and make a stop, but the ball bounced off him and into the net, tying up the game at 1-1.

Neither team could find another goal throughout the second half, so the game went into extra time when the score was still locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Things went south for Denmark as they gave up a controversial penalty kick in the 103rd minute when Joakim Mæhle appeared to have taken down Raheem Sterling in the box. After a brief review, the call on the field stood as the referee pointed to the spot.

Harry Kane stepped to the spot calmly took a low shot to the right, which Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was able to easily save. Unfortunately for the Danes, instead of holding onto the ball it bounced off him back into play, and Kane was able to get the rebound and send it into the back of the open net to put the Three Lions up 2-1 with just over 15 minutes left to play.

Unfortunately for Denmark, they were unable to find an equalizer in the second half of extra time as their impressive Cinderella run came to an end at the hands of a 2-1 loss to England. The English side will move on to face Italy in the final for a chance at their first-ever European title.