Denmark have been outplayed by England in both of their Euro 2020 group matches so far, losing to the Three Lions at the Paradise stadium in Iceland and then to Gareth Southgate’s side in the Netherlands last week. But their coach Kasper Hjulmand has not been too downbeat about the team’s display against England, despite heading into the match in the Group C relegation zone.
The Danish coach had the following to say about the penalty that led to the penalty that led to the whole sorry affair. “We have to be honest with ourselves. It was very disappointing for us and our players. We have to be more positive and that’s the only way we can improve. We have to be more positive and still show that we’ve got quality and that we can play football. We have to show that we can play the good football that we can play. “We haven’t played well enough, but we had chances at times. And I always say the same thing. It’s not all about the result. We know we can play a lot better, and we know we can have a better result. We’ve got to
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand could not hide his disappointment after the penalty shootout decision that ruled his side out of the Euro 2020 semi-finals against England (2-1).
Simon Kjaer cancelled out Mikkel Damsgaard’s first goal against Denmark. After the match had ended 1-1 in regulation time, England were awarded a penalty kick in extra time. Harry Kane’s confident shot was blocked by Kasper Schmeichel, but the English striker scored from the rebound.
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We are very, very disappointed and it is difficult for me to talk about it, Hjulmand said after Wednesday’s defeat at Wembley. Maybe in a few days I’ll find it easier to say what I feel.
Raheem Sterling was awarded a penalty when the Manchester City striker wriggled into the box on the right, dived in and was brought down under Mathias Jensen’s shot. Contact seemed to be minimal and a video review was required. After a short wait, which must have seemed longer to the English fans, the decision was made.
We’re just very disappointed to have come so close to the final, Hulmand said. We are disappointed that the decision was taken in this way. … It was a penalty that shouldn’t have been a penalty, and that annoys me now. We’re disappointed, we’re very disappointed.
It’s one thing to lose a game, it happens, but to lose like this is disappointing because the boys fought hard. It’s bittersweet; I think we have to process it before we can describe those feelings, but it’s a bittersweet way to leave the tournament.
Raheem Sterling committed the foul that led to England’s winning goal. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
While waiting for the penalty decision, an extra ball appeared on the field on the sideline. Despite the extra ball, play continued and seconds later Sterling committed a foul.
Asked about the foul, Sterling said he felt the referee had made the right decision.
I went into the penalty area and he stuck his right foot out and hit my foot, so it was a penalty, Sterling added.
On the decision regarding the extra goal and penalty, England manager Gareth Southgate said: I saw the [extra] ball on the field, so I wasn’t sure how it would be handled. But I saw a game in England where that happened and the goal was not disallowed. I didn’t see the penalty situation, but many people asked me the same question [about whether the penalty was harsh on Denmark].
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When his first attempt from the penalty spot was blocked, Kane reacted quickly and fired the ball into the net from 6 yards.
I was lucky she came back, Kane said. That’s football. Sometimes that is your fate.
Despite the own goal and the loss, Danish captain Kjaer left the field with his head held high after Denmark’s excellent performance. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the Danes, which began when midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack in their group game against Finland.
It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end, Kier told DR TV. I think if we put some distance between us, there are things we can talk about. It’s been a tough road, but it’s been a great journey. I’m sorry we didn’t make the finals.
Hjulmand once again thanked the Danish people for their support.
I am grateful to Denmark, the whole nation, he said. We needed support, compassion, when this happened to Christian. We got a lot of love, a lot of support, and it was great to feel that.
Our future is full of hope and faith, these boys are exceptional and the whole nation can be proud of them. Keep giving them the love and respect they deserve. … This is something we can be proud of.
This report uses information from Reuters.
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