A questionable penalty ends Denmark’s fairy tale
Denmark’s EM fairy tale ends in the semi-finals against England. A questionable penalty whistle brings the hosts victory and a place in the final. The Dutch referee could have stopped the game seconds before the decision.
Raheem Sterling must have felt light contact. Perhaps the English striker just hoped that there would be contact when he went into the duel with Joakim Maehle in the extra time of the EM semi-final against Denmark. His hope was heard by the referee. Danny Makkelie decided after the duel without a clear foul on penalty. Since it was not a clearly wrong decision, the video referee did not intervene either.
A questionable decision that suddenly ended the Danes’ dream of the European Championship. England captain Harry Kane was still the cliché and missed the penalty, but he sank the margin. England won the game 2-1 after extra time and reached the final against Italy.
After the final whistle, the Danish players let their emotions run free. Many shed tears as they thanked fans for their support at London’s Wembley Stadium. It was the end of three weeks that couldn’t have been more emotional. “It was a great trip. I’m sorry it’s over, ”said Denmark captain Simon Kjaer.
The dramatic journey began in the first round match against Finland when Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the first half and had to be revived. The teammates formed a circle around their teammates as a privacy screen and had to watch how doctors fought for Eriksen’s life. Despite the dramatic incident, the game was played to an end after a long interruption.
“Continuing to play would have been the right decision”
“The second when time stood still and we were very vulnerable, when we saw how fragile life is – that could help us to be in the now and enjoy it,” said Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand: “The love of Danish people helped us. “
The national team fought their way back to normal after the shock. They won for Eriksen, made it to the semi-finals as a complete surprise and wrote an EM fairy tale. The team also fought bravely against England. Although the Hjulmand-Elf were inferior, England did not have the big chances. Gareth Southgate’s team needed the controversial penalty to advance to the final. Makkelie could have interrupted the game a few seconds beforehand because two balls were in play. But he let go and then decided on a penalty.
“If he touches me in the box like that, it’s a penalty,” said Sterling. Former referee Manuel Gräfe saw it differently: “Personally, I don’t think it’s right, continuing to play would have been the right decision.”