Euro 2020: Match facts as England reach first major finals in 55 years

Euro 2020: Match facts as England reach first-ever European Championship final

England won their first semi-final since the 1966 World Cup when Harry Kane’s extra-time goal, following up after his penalty had been saved, earned a 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday that sent them into Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Denmark are just the fifth side ever to both win three games and lose three games in the same edition of a major tournament (Euro/World Cup), after Yugoslavia – World Cup 1962, Austria – World Cup 1978, Bulgaria – World Cup 1994 and England – World Cup 2018.

England have made it to their first-ever European Championship final. Their 37 games (including this match) was the most any team had played in the competition without ever reaching the final.

England have won a European Championship knockout game after going behind for the first time ever, while it’s the first time they have done so in a major tournament since a 3-2 win over Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup quarter-final.

This was the seventh game at EURO 2020 to go to extra-time, with the 1990 and 2014 World Cups the only major tournaments (Euro/World Cup) to see more matches go to the extended period (8 each).

Mikkel Damsgaard’s opener for Denmark was the first direct free-kick goal of EURO 2020 with what was the 37th direct free-kick shot.

Simon Kjaer’s own-goal is the first England have benefitted from in European Championship history, and third overall at a major tournament (against Czechoslovakia and Paraguay in the 1982 and 2006 World Cups).

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Simon Kjaer’s own-goal was the first Denmark have ever scored in European Championship history and the 11th at EURO 2020, two more than every previous edition of the tournament combined (9).

Harry Kane is England’s joint-highest goalscorer in major tournaments (EUROs/World Cup), moving level with Gary Lineker on 10 goals.

Jack Grealish became the third England player to be both subbed on and subbed off in a match at a major tournament (Euro/World Cup), after Jamie Redknapp (vs Scotland in EURO 1996) and Aaron Lennon (vs Portugal in the 2006 World Cup).

Jordan Pickford set a new record for an England goalkeeper for most minutes without conceding, overtaking Gordon Banks’ 720 minutes set between May/July 1966 (725 mins in total).

At 19 years and 305 days, Bukayo Saka became the youngest Englishman to start a match at the semi-final stage or later of a major tournament (Euro/World Cup).

Kane has now equalled Gary Lineker’s long-standing record of 10 goals for England at major tournaments.

Wembley went wild with deafening noise and wild celebrations and, after all the years of hurt, England have the golden opportunity to finally claim a major crown.


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