‘We got lucky for once!’: England fans react with relief after admitting Harry Kane’s penalty winner SHOULDN’T have been given… as replays show VERY little contact on Raheem Sterling before he went down for the foul
The English nation collectively breathed a sigh of relief as a penalty shootout was avoided, with Harry Kane’s perhaps dubious extra-time winner against Denmark sending the Three Lions to the Euro 2020 finals.
With the historic victory, Gareth Southgate’s side have reached their first major tournament final since the World Cup in 1966, where they will play Italy on Sunday, after the Azzurri claimed a brilliant victory of their own via a penalty shootout against Spain on Tuesday.
England hadn’t conceded a single goal en route to the semi-final, but they found themselves behind on the 30-minute mark as 21-year-old Denmark star Mikkel Damsgaard sent a stunning free-kick past Jordan Pickford.
The Three Lions put the pressure on as they searched for an equaliser, however, and they got their rewards nine minutes later as Simon Kjaer diverted Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net.
With the score settled at one apiece and the match into extra-time, England’s moment came. After Kane was denied a penalty in normal time, Raheem Sterling went down in extra-time – and this time there referee pointed to the spot.
However, the majority of fans believe England were fortunate to say the least to win the penalty, with very little contact seen on Sterling in the replay.
Kane stood up to take the penalty, and remarkably missed. However, he was sharp enough to smash it home from the rebound to send England into the final.
Raheem Sterling won the penalty, converted by Harry Kane, that took England to the final
The fans are clearly in agreement that England should not have been awarded a penalty
One fan said: ‘Never a penalty but England has to be lucky for once. I’ve always seen them getting robbed by refs.’
Another said: ‘When even the English pundits are laughing at how bad the penalty decision was you know it’s bad.’