Euro2020: Bitter Danish media rage over defeat to England

Euro2020: Bitter Danish media rage over defeat to England
Euro2020: Bitter Danish media rage over defeat to England

Danish media have hit out at refereeing decisions and 'cowardly tricks' that they believe cost them a place in the Euros final on Sunday - while telling readers they are still 'lucky' to live in Denmark because of the UK's Covid death toll.

'There was no penalty' ran a headline in one of the country's biggest newspapers Berlingske, referring to the extra-time spot-kick that was won by Sterling and (eventually) converted by Kane that proved to be the deciding moment. 

Meanwhile tabloid Ekstra Bladet attacked the 'disgusting and cowardly trick' by an England fan who shone a laser at Kasper Schmeichel as Kane lined up his shot.

And, in one particularly scathing dispatch from the street parties in London, journalist Poul Hoi attacked Britain's 'poor' leadership and Covid death toll as evidence that readers are 'lucky' to live in Denmark - football result aside.

'Let the English party,' he wrote bluntly. 'They have nothing else.' 

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In one incredibly bitter take on last night's football result, one Danish newspaper insisted readers were lucky not to live in the UK because of its 'poor' leadership and Covid deaths

In one incredibly bitter take on last night's football result, one Danish newspaper insisted readers were lucky not to live in the UK because of its 'poor' leadership and Covid deaths

Newspaper B.T. shared fan reaction to the match, including plenty of fury directed at Dutch referee Danny Makkelie who awarded an injury-time penalty to England

Newspaper B.T. shared fan reaction to the match, including plenty of fury directed at Dutch referee Danny Makkelie who awarded an injury-time penalty to England

Berlingske also dedicated an entire article to arguing that Sterling's penalty should not have been given, saying Denmark were robbed of victory

Berlingske also dedicated an entire article to arguing that Sterling's penalty should not have been given, saying Denmark were robbed of victory

Describing scenes of drunken jubilation in the British capital following the win, he added: 'It is no coincidence that the third wave began in the British Isles and that it is so much more dramatic than elsewhere. 

'Nor is it God's random punishment that the country has the most corona deaths in Europe. It could have been avoided... but it was not avoided because the leadership is too "poor."

'And the corona fad is not an exception, but characteristic of a country that is so convinced of its exceptionalism that it even thinks itself exempt from a pandemic.'

He concluded 'Let them party... And instead rejoice that you have woken up in Denmark today.'

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Denmark had been hoping to make it to their second Euros final on Wednesday, having reached it once before in 1992 when they beat Germany to claim the title.

Meanwhile England were looking to make history by reaching the final for the first time ever, with an enticing clash with Italy and Wembley awaiting them.

Denmark scored first - a free kick by 21-year-old Mikkel Damsgaard bulging England's net for the first time this tournament - before an own goal by captain Simon Kjaer levelled things up before the half.

England dominated the second half as Denmark dug in defence, repelling wave after wave of attacks until Sterling was brought down in the box in the first half of extra time and referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot.

The decision - backed up on review by VAR - made him an instant

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