England 2-1 Denmark: Player ratings as England uses grit and luck to halt Denmark’s fairytale run in the semi-finals | UEFA Euro 2020

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The floodgates burst for English fans at Wembley Stadium after referee Danny Makkelie blew the final whistle to terminate England’s game against Denmark in the second semi-final of UEFA Euro 2020.

There were tears of joy, not sorrow, as there had been at the end of another European Championship semi-final match 25 years before. After all, England had finally surmounted the “semi” barrier to reach their first major final since 1966, and that too in front of their adoring fans.In an emotionally charged encounter, England defeated a tenacious Denmark team 2-1 to set up a final date with Italy on Sunday at the same site. But it took some work on their part.

Denmark, the surprise package of Euro 2020, took a merited lead in the 30th minute thanks to a spectacular free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard. England, on the other hand, deserved their equalizer, which came after relentless pressure that resulted in Denmark captain Simon Kjaer putting the ball into his own net nine minutes later.

After Kasper Schemeichel had stopped Raheem Sterling’s initial poor shot, England was granted a cheap penalty in the 14th minute of extra time for slight touch on the latter, which resulted in Harry Kane scoring the winner off the rebound. To be fair, England was relentless in its pursuit of the game-winning goal in the closing moments, laying siege to Denmark’s penalty area.

On that topic, here are the player rankings from yet another exciting UEFA Euro 2020 match.

England Player Ratings

Harry Kame (centre) and Gareth Southgate.

Jordan Pickford (6.5/10)

Pickford had a mixed night in a game in which he beat legendary goalie Gordon Banks’ longstanding record for most minutes played by an England goalkeeper without surrendering a goal.

He made a few crucial clearances with punches and good saves, but he also made two terrible passes that placed his team in jeopardy. If one is particularly pedantic, one may point out flaws in his efforts to block the cannonball-like free-kick that led to Denmark’s goal.

7.5/10 for Harry Maguire

At the heart of England’s defense, Harry Maguire put in another strong effort. He was composed and assured, making solid tackles and clearances, distributing well, and posing an offensive danger from set-pieces as usual. However, a soft yellow card later in the game tainted his night to some

John Stones (7/10)

John Stones, whose telepathic understanding with Maguire has made England a fearsome defensive combination, had another solid effort. He didn’t miss a beat in his coverage.




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