By Gerald Lutchman
THIS game was by no means as exciting or entertaining as Italy vs Spain.
In an age of VAR, it is a crying shame that they cannot get it right. It changes the entire game and outcomes. England were no doubt the better team but such decisions make you wonder if there is some higher level conspiracy.
I was very disappointed in Denmark, who after scoring the goal seemed content to defend and after their own goal seem deflated. They did not play as they did in the earlier games and it seemed that their hearts were not into the game, maybe they knew something we did not.
England 1 vs Denmark 1
England returned to having scoring problems, depending on an own goal from Denmark (Simon Kjer 39th minute) and a dubious penalty that was poorly taken by Harry Kane (104th minute) but he recovered to score the rebound. This was after a wonderful direct free kick goal (the only one in the entire competition) in the 30th minute by Mikkel Damsgaard.
England were far the better side with 20 shots at goal and ten on target compared to Denmark’s six shots with only three on target. England were faster, more accurate and hungrier of the two sides.
The final between Italy and England will be entertaining with two attacking sides going for glory. Personally, I will love to see Italy thrash England in Sunday’s final.
This is England’s first European championship final in ten tries at the tournament. The previous best was a third place finish in 1968, coincidentally Italy were the hosts.
Italy, similarly have been in ten championships and have played in three finals and won in 1968. The Italians have history on their side in the tournament. The teams have met 27 times with the Italians wining 11, losing eight and drawing eight.