• E.T 2nd Half
  • England
  • Denmark
  • GrealishTrippier
    106'
  • E.T 1st Half
  • England
  • Denmark
  • VestergaardWind
    105'
  • Kane
    104'
  • MountFoden
    96'
  • RiceHenderson
    95'
  • 2nd Half
  • England
  • Denmark
  • DelaneyJensen
    88'
  • ChristensenAndersen
    79'
  • Wass
    72'
  • SakaGrealish
    69'
  • DolbergNørgaard
    67'
  • DamsgaardPoulsen
    67'
  • Stryger LarsenWass
    67'
  • Maguire
    49'
  • 1st Half
  • England
  • Denmark
  • Kjær (o.g.)
    39'
  • Damsgaard
    30'
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It's over! England have won it, just, and Wembley is going off. The players celebrate, and look exhausted as they do so. Denmark are equally out on their feet too, and crestfallen. What a tournament they've had.

England's story goes on; they'll be back on Sunday night for their first major tournament final in 55 years.

Thanks for your company, night night.

120' 

Brilliant play again from Sterling as he glides past Andersen into the area and forces a good save from Schmeichel.

119' 

It's keepball for England, and Denmark look shattered. England are close, can Denmark go to the well one more time?

116' 

There are holes everywhere now; Foden tries to glide a ball through to release Kane, but it's overcooked.

114' 

Braithwaite hits Denmark's first shot in an age, which deflects off an England player on the edge of the area. Pickford takes no chances, and turns it behind for a corner.

114' 

Henderson hits the deck in the area after a one-two; nothing doing this time.

113' 

Sterling has been superb tonight for England. He skips past two and runs the ball into the Danish half, feeding Kane on the left of the area. Kane can't work the angle for the shot though, and has to play the ball back out.

111' 

With Trippier on, England have gone to five at the back. They're ceding possession to Denmark, and looking to hit on the break.

109' 

Denmark have the ball, and are trying to get something going, but they've put a lot in defensively here and it's hard work moving it across the pitch. Can they muster one chance?

105' 

Off we go again then, a huge 15 incoming. If Denmark are going to pull this back they'll have to do it with ten men; Jensen is off injured and they have no subs left.

HT in ET 

Jack Grealish is off, Kieran Trippier is on. It seems to be tactical; being a subbed substitute is hard to swallow, but I doubt that decision will be discussed at any great length if England hold on to this.

HT in ET 

Looking at that penalty decision again, it looks generous to say the least. I'm very surprised that Makkelie wasn't asked to have another look at it.

HT in ET 

Jonas Wind is on for Denmark, replacing Vestergaard. There's no time for anything else; England are 15 minutes from the final, and Denmark need to dredge something up in that time.

105+1 

Kane wins a free kick for England on the right of the Danish area, to huge cheers.

  • Harry Kane
    GoalHarry KaneEnglandGOAL! England 2 (Kane 104) Denmark 1  Kane goes low to the right, and Schmeichel lunges across to save it! The loose ball breaks to Kane though, and he drills it into the opposite corner to put England ahead!
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104' 

GOAL! England 2 (Kane 104) Denmark 1

Kane goes low to the right, and Schmeichel lunges across to save it! The loose ball breaks to Kane though, and he drills it into the opposite corner to put England ahead!

102' 

PENALTY! Sterling dances his way around Maehle in the bottom right corner. He's into the area... and Maehle nibbles at him and Sterling goes over! There doesn't look to be much contact, is it clear and obvious enough to be reversed? After a minute or so, no it isn't! Huge chance for England!

100' 

Denmark are being pinned back here. England have three dangerous dribblers in Foden, Grealish and Sterling threatening from all angles, and Kane lurking too. Henderson gets to the byline for England, and Vestergaard nods the cross behind for a corner.

98' 

Three half-chances for England in quick succession; Maguire's header from the corner is hacked away from near the line, a long boom from Grealish is punched away by Schmeichel and Sterling blazes over from the edge of the box. Phew!

97' 

England swing a few crosses into the box, the latter of which by Shaw deflects behind for a corner.

95'

Two more changes for England as Jordan Henderson and Phil Foden replace Rice and Mount.

94' 

CHANCE! Kane flashes a shot at goal from wide on the right of the area. Schmeichel makes a good one-handed save to keep it out, and the loose ball is scrambled clear.

93' 

Grealish is a bother for Denmark. He spins between two in the centre circle, and Poulsen crudely hauls him down.

ET

We're underway again, no changes. Hold tight folks...

FT 

This is no picnic as Des once said, in London or Copenhagen, Manchester or Aarhus.

  • End of 2nd Half
FT 

One final scare for Denmark as England swarm around their box. Grelaish feeds it low into Kane, who can't connect cleanly on the edge of the six-yard box, and Denmark clear. That's full-time, and we've got 30 more minutes in the post.

90+5' 

Vestergaard fouls Kane on the right touchline, free kick to England. Mount lofts it high to the back post, Maguire wins it, but it's a soft header that Schmeichel gathers comfortably.

90+3' 

England just can't get through Denmark's 5-5 here. It's a stalemate, can either side force the issue? Kane works the ball to Phillips on the edge, who blazes a shot high over the bar.

90' 

England pop it around the edge of the Danish area, but space is at a premium. We'll have six additional minutes, minimum.

  • Mathias Jensen
    OffThomas DelaneyDenmarkMathias Jensen replaces Delaney for Denmark.
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  • Mathias Jensen
    OnMathias JensenDenmark
88' 

Mathias Jensen replaces Delaney for Denmark.

87' 

Grealish can't get the ball out of the bottom right corner for England, and Poulsen wins a corner.

85' 

Poulsen gets away with one, as he tugs Maguire's shirt after coughing the ball up. It probably should be a yellow but in fairness to Makkalie, he's overseen a wonderfully flowing game here.

84' 

A long, patient move from Denmark, orchestrated by Poulsen holding the ball up with his back to goal, ends with Delaney floating a cross harmlessly out of play. My word this is tense now.

83' 

Shaw whips the dead ball into the area. Stones meets it, but it's a glancing contact and drifts well wide of goal.

82' 

Mount rolls around Delaney and is wrestled as he does so. Free kick to England on the left, and Delaney's a bit luck not to see yellow there.

80' 

Grealish and Mount work Shaw into a crossing position on the left. It's cleared, and Phillips drags a low half-volley well wide from 25 yards out.

  • Joachim Andersen
    OffAndreas ChristensenDenmarkChristensen was struggling with his hamstring earlier in the half, and after stretching for a ball here his game is done. Joachim Anderson comes on.
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  • Joachim Andersen
    OnJoachim AndersenDenmark
79' 

Christensen was struggling with his hamstring earlier in the half, and after stretching for a ball here his game is done. Joachim Anderson comes on.

77' 

Denmark have gone 3-5-2, with Poulsen and Braithwaite up front. It's working, as England aren't playing it around them in the middle anymore.

74' 

VAR CHECK! A big call here, as Norgaard steps across Kane to dispossess him just inside the area. Initially, it's given as a free kick to Denmark, and a check doesn't result in inviting Makkelie for another look. That seems fair, though in a sense they both fouled each other as Kane kicked through Norgaard's heel. On we go.

73' 

Mount jinks to the line on the right. He shanks his cross slightly, and Schmeichel back-peddles to palm it over for a corner.

  • Daniel Wass
    Yellow cardDaniel WassDenmarkGrealish bursts away from Vass and forces the foul. His ability to commit defenders and draw fouls is quite something, tired legs in the box beware.
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72' 

Grealish bursts away from Vass and forces the foul. His ability to commit defenders and draw fouls is quite something, tired legs in the box beware.

71' 

Southgate calls Mount to the touchline, and energetically offers some instructions. We've got 20 and change left, maybe more, for a place in the final on Sunday.

70' 

Grealish has gone to the left of Kane, Sterling switches to the right. Meanwhile, Braithwaite wins a free kick for Denmark that Stones heads clear from danger.

  • Jack Grealish
    OffBukayo SakaEnglandEngland have got the momentum here, with Denmark trying to add some legs into it. Southgate is going for it; Grealish comes on for Saka to huge cheers. A touch surprising that change, as Saka has looked really threatening down the right.
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  • Jack Grealish
    OnJack GrealishEngland
69' 

England have got the momentum here, with Denmark trying to add some legs into it. Southgate is going for it; Grealish comes on for Saka to huge cheers. A touch surprising that change, as Saka has looked really threatening down the right.

67'

Changes for Denmark incoming. Yussuf Poulsen, Daniel Wass and Christian Norgaard replace Damsgaard, Stryger Larsen and Dolberg.

64' 

Sterling and Saka trie to one-two through the Danish defence, but Christensen breaks it up. The ball falls to Mount, who can only tamely curl it into the clutch of Schmeichel.

62' 

A long ball down the right briefly gets Mount in behind Vestergaard. He hasn't quite got the gas to get away though, and has to check back onto his left rather than go on. He shoots, but it's blocked. This is a really absorbing period of the game.

60' 

Shaw overlaps Sterling on the left of the area, one of England's go to moves, and the low cross deflects behind of Hjojberg for a corner.

58' 

Braithwaite dummies an inside ball and it lands at the feet of Dolberg, who spins and shoots from the edge. It's a daisy cutter, straight at Pickford, but Denmark are knocking it around confidently here.

57' 

We've got a game on here. Solberg and Styger Larsen combine to get Braithwaite into the area on the right. His cross is blocked behind, and it's a Danish corner.

55' 

EXCELLENT SAVE! Mount takes, Maguire wins it this time and Schmeichel dives full length to turn the ball away with one hand just as it looked set to creep inside the post.

54' 

Kane buys a free kick off Maehle on the right of the Danish area.

53' 

Braithwaite whips a cross into the six-yard box which Pickford punches away with an ostentatious dive. He's cleared the area though, and it's better than spilling it.

52' 

EXCELLENT SAVE! Dolberg has been quiet tonight, but gets a shot off here. Maehle finds him near the edge of the area and he booms it at the bottom corner, and Pickford dives quickly to his right to palm it away. It turns out Dolberg was offside, but still; good stop.

  • Harry Maguire
    Yellow cardHarry MaguireEnglandThe free kick goes in, Maguire and Kjaer both go for it and Kjaer clears. Maguire caught Kjaer with his arm as he jumped, and left the Danish skipper in a heap; it's a yellow card. It seems a tad harsh and Maguire is livid, but it won't change anything.
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49' 

The free kick goes in, Maguire and Kjaer both go for it and Kjaer clears. Maguire caught Kjaer with his arm as he jumped, and left the Danish skipper in a heap; it's a yellow card. It seems a tad harsh and Maguire is livid, but it won't change anything.

48' 

Saka is starting to influence this game now. He goes on a sortie down the right touchline, and draws a free kick after a foul by Vestergaard.

  • 2nd Half
2ND HALF 

Off we go with half the second.

HT 

Half-time chatter: the lads in the ITV studio think England are frenzied, and too rushed. Some question over the positioning of Pickford on the free kick too, but I think that's harsh; it fair tore past him.

  • End of 1st Half
45' 

England probe around the edge of the Danish area, but can't slide rule their way through the defence. It's half-time, and we'll be back with you shortly.

44' 

The first airing of that song from 25 years ago rings around Wembley. There's a fair chunk of drama left in this one, I'll be bound.

42' 

Braithwaite gets by Shaw on the right, but Rice tracks back well to divert any further danger.

That equaliser was an emphatic response from England to going behind for the first time in the tournament.

  • Simon Kjær
    Own-goalSimon KjærDenmarkGOAL! England 1 (Kjaer o.g. 39) Denmark 1 England are level! Kane splits the Danish defence with a gorgeous pass to get Saka into the area on the right. Saka squares it into the six yard box, where Kjaer slides in to try and divert it away from Sterling, but can only send it into the roof of the net!
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39' 

GOAL! England 1 (Kjaer o.g. 39) Denmark 1

England are level! Kane splits the Danish defence with a gorgeous pass to get Saka into the area on the right. Saka squares it into the six yard box, where Kjaer slides in to try and divert it away from Sterling, but can only send it into the roof of the net!

38' 

GREAT SAVE! Kane gets into some room on the right of the area. He rolls it across the area and Sterling is free, six yards out. He shoots first time, but a brilliant reflex save from Schmeichel keeps it out!

37' 

The Danes are utterly fearless here. Instead of hacking it clear on the edge of their own area, Braithwaite finds Maehle and Denmark break quickly. They eventually work it to Hojbjerg on the right of the area, but his cross drifts over everyone and out.

36' 

Sterling shoots for England. He can't clear the wall though, and the chance disappears.

35' 

A chance for England from a free kick now; Delaney hauls down Kane, around 25 yards out and just to the right of centre.

34' 

Sterling breaks dangerously down the left. He checks back, his attempted ball to Mount catches a deflection and a well-timed sliding tackle by Maehle on the edge hooks the loose ball away from Phillips.

32' 

That's the first goal direct from a free kick in this tournament; it's also no less than Denmark deserve, as they've been the better side.

  • Mikkel Damsgaard
    GoalMikkel DamsgaardDenmarkGOAL! England 0 Denmark 1 (Damsgaard 30) What a stunning free kick! Damsgaard lines it up, catches it perfectly to get the up and down dip over the wall, and it screams past Pickford to give Denmark the lead! That is an exceptional hit.
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30' 

GOAL! England 0 Denmark 1 (Damsgaard 30)

What a stunning free kick! Damsgaard lines it up, catches it perfectly to get the up and down dip over the wall, and it screams past Pickford to give Denmark the lead! That is an exceptional hit.

29' 

Now then; Shaw wrestles Christensen to the floor, 25 yards out and just off centre. A shooting chance for the Danes...

28' 

Oof! Mount stray arms Dolberg as they battle for a loose ball. It's a useful free kick for Denmark in England's half, but nothing more than a quiet word for Mount.

27' 

England win a free kick, which Walker aims for the noggin of Maguire near the penalty spot, but Kjaer intervenes.

25' 

England have given the ball away needlessly a few times in their own half now. The Danes get hold of it again, Dolberg finds Damsgaard on the left corner of the area, and he arcs one for the top corner. It's a yard or so wide, with Pickford rooted.

21' 

A few mistakes creeping in from both sides now, as adrenalin hands over the floor to tension. It's scrappy in midfield alright, and a lock of knocking it around the back lines outside of that.

18' 

Stryger Larsen nutmegs Phillips on the touchline, before Hojbjerg draws a foul from Rice. Denmark are settled right into this now.

16' 

Encouragement for Denmark here, as both Hojbjerg and Braithwaite have lashes from distance after mistakes by Phillips and Pickford respectively. From the latter, Denmark earn a corner that Pickford punches clear.

15' 

Walker fizzes a ball into Kane's feet on the edge of the Danish area. Kane controls it instantly, spinning around as he does so, before booming a half-volley high over the bar.

13' 

It's the first shot in anger of the night, as Kane feeds Sterling on the left of the area. Sterling cuts inside, opening up the chance to shoot on his right, but it's a meek effort straight at Schmeichel.

12' 

Mount and Saka exchange passes in a tight space on the right of the Danish area. From there Mount cuts into the Danish area and wins a corner.

9' 

Denmark work a nice move down the right, from which Stryger Larsen lofts a first time ball over England's defence for Damsgaard, bursting forth from midfield. For a brief second it looks like he might be in, but Walker's recovery pace nixes the danger.

8' 

Maguire piles forwards, and finds Sterling on the left. Sterling gets to the byline and stands up a cross, but Kjaer heads clear from the six yard box.

6' 

England have settled first here and Denmark, resplendent in a full red kit tonight, are being pinned back. Kane tries a cross from the right, low and dangerous, but it's a couple of yards beyond Sterling at the back post.

3' 

It's the first jet-heeled burst of the night from Shaw, who accelerates through the inside left position and tries to find Mount on the edge. Mount can't control it though, and the ball runs through to Schmeichel.

1' 

Both teams look amped here; Phillips flattens Hojbjerg with the first big challenge of the game, and it's a free kick to Denmark.

  • 1st Half
1' 

We're off!

20:00 

England take the knee before kick-off, applauded by the Danish players and the crowd; there is no room for racism in life.

19:58 

The anthems are done, and it's time to go. Two excellent teams, both of whom exhibit the best of the human spirit, about to battle for a place in the European Championship Final.

19:53 

Sweet Caroline is booming around Wembley but is cut short as England stride out, quickly followed by Denmark. Your referee tonight will be Danny Makkelie.

19:49 

There are a good contingent of Danes in the crowd tonight too, the whole stadium is various combinations of red and white. It's been said before, but after the last 16 months this is just joyous to witness. I heart football.

19:44 

Mark Pougatch, Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Gary Neville are suited, booted and looking sharp as they guide us through the ITV build-up. Behind them is a wonderful, panoramic view of Wembley's interior, filling up steadily to tonight's capacity of 60,000. There's a thundering din already, and the weather looks perfect. It already has the feel of something epic; there are 16 minutes until kick-off.

19:39 

This is how Denmark got through. Just have a look at that cross from Joakim Maehle; in the future, there should be a global bank holiday dedicated to that moment.

19:34 

Speaking of England on Saturday, a quick recap. Being 4-0 up after just over an hour, and able to sub out players on yellows to keep them safe for the semi-final, was a position of unprecedented security for England to be in during a major tournament.

19:29 

Mild jokes from Kasper Schmeichel and the endless, literal unpicking of the lyrics of a light pop song from 25 years ago will not be factors tonight, but this match has so many engrossing aspects to it. Two in-form teams are colliding here. You might say that any team in the last four should be functioning smoothly, but it isn't always the case; England and Denmark however are bang on it.

Southgate's team haven't shipped a goal yet and went through the gears against Ukraine on Saturday while Denmark have scored ten goals, inclusive of some absolute pearlers, to sort out Russia, Wales and the Czech Republic. Last night was a tight one; this one might be a good bit livelier.

19:25 

It's really getting popping around Wembley.

19:20 

So, can Denmark land an era-defining win over England at Wembley? It wouldn’t be the first time. Way back in September 1983, an Allan Simonsen penalty condemned Bobby Robson’s England to defeat on this very turf, and would effectively prevent England from qualifying for the 1984 European Championship. Denmark, by contrast, went to the tournament instead and went stratospheric thereafter; the era of Danish Dynamite was upon us. That team didn't win a trophy, but the blazed a definitive trail for the Danes that did in 1992.

19:14 

So, England and major tournament semi-finals then. Since Nobby Stiles locked down Eusebio and Bobby Charlton scored twice to beat Portugal at this stage of the 1966 victory it's been a slew of epics, all of which ended in failure.

At the 1968 Euros a goal four minutes from time condemned England to defeat in a filthy match against Yugoslavia in Florence. After that, there were the two psychodramas against you-know-who in 1990 and 1996, where England landed butter side down after penalties; and then, just three years ago, Luka Modric and Croatia took their legs away in extra-time as they collapsed to defeat in Moscow.

They also lost to the Dutch in extra-time in the last four of the inaugural Nations League Finals. That's a lot to try and put to bed tonight.

19:10 

As for Denmark, inspirational coach Kasper Hjulmand keeps the same team that sorted out the Czech Republic in Baku on Saturday, and Wales in Amsterdam before that.

19:05 

Only the one change for England then, and what a tough call it must have been for Gareth Southgate. Jadon Sancho exhibited the kind of terrifying promise that Borussia Dortmund fans are very familiar with - and Manchester United fans will be shortly - against Ukraine on Saturday; nevertheless, he makes way for the return of Bukayo Saka, who was arguably even more impressive when England beat Germany last week.

18:59 

And your Denmark for this evening:

18:56 

So, let's have some teams then shall we? First up, here's England:

10:54 

I'm going to start by telling you that I'm not an England fan, not because I plan to make this about me and not because I plan to turn this blog into a parochial, partial and nationalistic cringe. Rather, I want to make the point that whatever happens tonight, this England team are champions - I cannot tell you how strange it feels to type those words - which won't satisfy the players, but is true nonetheless. As individuals and as a collective, they have fought racism, poverty, homophobia and transphobia, communicating what is best about humanity to the widest possible audience in order to bring about change, when it would have been easy to simply collect the money and adulation that their skill and desire deserve. In such context, it barely matters what happens tonight ... but for the fact that it absolutely matters. Such is football.

And similar is so of Denmark, whose players handled the horror of the Christian Eriksen situation with integrity, sensitivity and strength. In so doing they inspired not only themselves but an entire continent, and their success has been both a thrill and a treat. They are not, though, here for their righteousness but for their football, and haven't come to Wembley to enjoy the local sites, landscape and cuisine. OK, nor has anyone, ever, but the point is that this is going to be intense. Oooh yeah!

10:50 

Is everyone sitting uncomfortably? Then I'll begin. Welcome to ... England v Denmark ... in the semi-final of Euro 2020!