EC FootballA country is actually getting crazier. Football came home a little later on Wednesday, after a thrill in overtime. After 55 years of waiting, England once again reached the final of a major tournament. Wembley sang with all his heart: “It’s coming home.” is not it?
Harry Kane took two deep breaths in and out.
Focus on (one of) the most important penalty kicks of his life.
The top striker put him weak in the corner where Kasper Schmeichel also went.
The Danish goalkeeper saved the penalty kick. The bounce jumped from his hands to Kane’s feet. With his fourth appearance in this tournament, Wembley drove to ecstasy in his first overtime: ‘Football goes home’.
Electricity was in the air in London.
This national anthem was rarely sung at New Wembley. Perhaps the new Wembley court has never sounded so loud.
From the Southgate version of Atomic Kittens’ hit “Whole Again”, more from Neil Diamand’s “Sweet Caroline” to “She’s Coming Home”, the Euro 96 anthem that the English love to sing with. The fine line between arrogance and self-loathing over 55 years of failure, pain and grief on the international football field.
Will it end in the end?
The ‘God Save the Queen’ version evoked old Wembley memories. That dreaded was in the semi-final against Germany in 1996. Then his players sang with more passion – national team coach Gareth Southgate, who was then a player louder than all.
Peter Schmeichel, the Danish legend, also indulged in the ancient chest. The former goalkeeper dug up an old photo from the time of the European victory of the Danes in 1992. His young son, Casper, sits next to him on the plane, where they play a game of cardstock scissors. Would he have known then that his son would follow in his footsteps?
Peter Schmeichel was already nervous.
At Wembley he’s been waiting and waiting and…waiting. The nerves became tighter and tighter. One stood Casper S.
Football came home soon after.
Denmark has proven to be a difficult customer. A team in good shape, a team that plays good football. This first half against the Red Devils, a post-Eriksen shocker, was by no means a snapshot.
The common people discovered a diamond in Denmark. Those who follow Serie A closely already know him: Mikel Damsgaard. Because of the tragic event with Eriksen, the Sampdoria boy can now “shine”.
Watch that amazing free kick in half an hour. The ball that fell into the goal. Jordan Pickford, not the eldest, couldn’t reach with his fingertips. After five clean sheets in a row, England conceded their first goal in the European Championship.
Denmark could not enjoy its lead for long. Before the break, England put things in order. Saka dash, special goal for Kjaer, captain of the champion Danish team. Had he not slipped the ball into his goal, Raheem Sterling would have set his foot against it.
He went up and down the second half. To remember: Schmeichel’s great head saves in particular.
Weary Denmark sighed. He crawled more and more backward, but he could count on his guard.
Sterling got a slight boost in overtime in the sixteenth. lay there. The Dutch referee made the point. The VAR did not intervene – the man in the truck did not dare to invalidate the referee.
In the rebound, Kane broke the hearts of the most beloved teams in this tournament – they should be proud of their path.
We dare to predict it already.
Wembley and therefore London will be a crazy house for the final against Italy on Sunday.
Will football come home on time?
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