England have made it to their first international final in 55 years after beating Denmark 2-1 in extra time in the semifinal of the European Championship 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s men found themselves on the backfoot in the 30th minute when Mikkel Damsgaard scored a stunner to give the Danes a 1-0 lead. However, just nine minutes later, an own goal by Simon Kjaer gave the hosts some breathing room.
For the rest of the 90 minutes, it was more or less a stalemate as Denmark fought hard to keep England at bay.
In relegation time, Harry Kane stepped up to the captain’s role and scored a goal from a missed penalty. While Kasper Schmeichel saved the first attempt, the ball deflected and landed in Kane’s feet who was quick to pounce on the chance and put England ahead.
From that point on, England stuck to their guns and sailed into the final.
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First Major Final Since 1966
It has been a long wait for England to reach a major final on the international stage. The last time they achieved a feat like this was in the 1966 World Cup – hosting the tournament at home, the Three Lions moved on to win their one and only big title.
Since then, the best they have done is reaching the semifinal thrice – the World Cup in 1990 and 2018, and the Euro Cup in 1996.
But the wait is now over and the conditions look primed for them to lift their second big trophy – this time at the Wembley Stadium in London.
Standing in their way are the four-time world champions Italy, who beat Spain 4-2 on penalties after ending the semifinal match at 1-1.
Argentina, Brazil Set for Copa America Final
In other news, Argentina and Brazil are also set to face off in the 2021 Copa America Final.
Lionel Messi is looking to win his first big silverware for the country. Since joining the national team, Argentina have made it to three big finals – the 2014 World Cup, and Copa America in 2015 and 2016.
In all three instances, they had to settle for the runners-up trophy.
Argentina had to survive Colombia in a thrilling penalty shoot-out, thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. The Argentine saved a couple of crucial spot-kicks to see his side through to yet another final.
On the other hand, there’s Brazil who have done a good job of defending their Copa America title.
As the defending champions, they had a good run in the knockouts, defeating Chile and Peru by 1-0 to reach the final. They also went unbeaten in the entire group stage, conceding just two goals and scoring 10 in the four matches played.