Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand revealed that he is extremely bitter over the penalty call that cost his side a place in the final. Sterling looked to have dived for the penalty in extra time after next to no contact from the Danish defence. The referee awarded England with the penalty. After a var check, the penalty stood much to the dismay of everyone. Harry Kane stepped up and had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Unfortunately for the keeper, his save rolled back to England forward who slotted the ball into an open net to give England a crucial lead.
“It was a penalty which should not have been a penalty. It is something that annoys me right now. We are very disappointed.” Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said. “You cannot pass by the ball on the pitch which has so much influence on the game. I know it sounds weird right now but I cannot help having these feelings. One thing is to lose a game, it happens, but losing this way is disappointing because these guys have fought a lot.”
“It feels bitter but we have to digest this before we can discuss these feelings. It’s a bitter way to leave the tournament,” he added. “The way we lost makes it harder to understand why we lost. I have to be careful with what I say. We have an amazing group and we definitely can do something great again. Maybe it is easier for me to say how I feel in a few days.”
The defeat ended a remarkable campaign for Denmark which started in a horrific fashion. Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their first group game before being resuscitated on the pitch. He was rushed to the hospital and treated immediately.
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