Danish national coach Kasper Hjulmand furious with Danny Makkelie: ‘This was not allowed’

After regular time, the scoreboard was tied (1-1), which meant that extra time was necessary. In this, the Dutch referee Danny Makkelie claimed a leading role by awarding the English a penalty. Harry Kane didn’t fail from eleven yards and shot his country to the final.

“It makes me angry that this duel is so decided,” said Hjulmand. “I have read the international press, it was a penalty that should not have been awarded. We are very disappointed.”

Sterling went down the right flank after a solo, after passing between Danes Joakim Maehle and Mathias Jensen. There was no clear contact, but Makkelie did not hesitate and pointed to the dot. The video arbitrators behind the TV screens (including Pol van Boekel and Kevin Blom) saw no reason to whistle back the Dutchman. “It was not a penalty,” said Hjulmand. “If it was, it had nothing to do with Maehle.”

For example, the European Championship came to an end for Denmark in the semi-finals, which started with the drama surrounding Christian Eriksen. “It’s great what the boys have accomplished,” said Hjulmand. “They gave everything, both on and off the field. We are now very disappointed. But I think in the not too distant future we can put this European Championship in perspective and say that we did a great job.”

According to Sterling, the referee made the right decision. “It was definitely a penalty,” said the Manchester City attacker. “I went into the penalty area and he stretched out his leg, causing me to fall.”

Southgate

On the spot where 25 years ago he missed the decisive penalty in the semi-final of the European Championship 1996, Gareth Southgate enjoyed his greatest success as England coach. “We can enjoy this for a while,” said Southgate. “But we still have one huge hurdle to overcome.”

To become European champions for the first time, the English footballers also have to deal with Italy on Sunday evening at the familiar Wembley. “The Italians have a very good team,” said Southgate. “They are in great shape and have fighters in the back who have been through it all. It promises to be a great match. But finals are there to be won.”

“If you’ve been waiting so long for a place in the final, it gets in your head,” said Southgate. England won the world title at the World Cup in their own country in 1966, but never managed to reach a final after that. “This group of players is fantastic. The players are determined, they support each other. It is a pleasure to work with. They know what a heavy task they have here. This demands a lot from the players, both physically and mentally. So we have to recover and prepare well for the final. But first let’s enjoy this beautiful moment.”

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