The Danish press cannot digest the elimination of its national team in the semi-finals of Euro 2021 against England (2-1, ap). The media deplore the anthem whistled by English supporters, but also the disputed penalty transformed into two stages by Harry Kane.
The superb Danish epic at Euro 2021 ended in bitterness on Wednesday in the semi-final against England (2-1, ap). Simon Kjaer’s teammates delivered a solid and seductive performance while often being dominated. They finally cracked on a penalty transformed into two stages by Harry Kane after a very slight foul on Raheem Sterling. The Danish press does not digest the way to lose and is quite vindictive about the course of this evening, spoiled for several reasons.
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The tabloids Ekstra Bladet and BT lingered on this penalty. For the BT media, “Denmark has been abused”. The press echoed the words of coach Kasper Hjulmand, believing that the action at the origin of the penalty should have been stopped due to the presence of a second ball on the field.
The channel TV2, broadcaster of the match, brought in three referees to discuss this decision. And the reasons for their dissatisfaction are multiple. Another point of tension revealed by the DR channel: the green laser pointed in Kasper Schmeichel’s face before Harry Kane’s penalty.
“Let the English party, they have nothing else”
The Jyllands-Posten newspaper lists the praise received by the selection in the foreign press. It also lists the reactions of fans on social networks, regretting this succession of setbacks. “And then they wonder why nobody likes England, launches a supporter. Hoot the Danish national anthem, dive like crazy during the match, play with the elbows on each aerial duel. The laser in the eyes. I hope they taste their own medicine against Italy. ” An opinion shared by many supporters.
In the Berlingske, one of the main generalist newspapers in the country, the Danish correspondent in Great Britain, also lashes out in an editorial regretting the “strangely aggressive” celebrations in London. “Let the English party”, headlines the opinion piece in the direction of the selection. “They have nothing else,” he says. “Rather, rejoice that you have woken up Denmark.”