EURO 2020: It shouldn’t have been a penalty – Denmark coach, Hjulmand laments


Denmark manager, Kasper Hjulmand, has criticized the penalty decision that saw his team eliminated by England from Euro 2020.

The Three Lions won 2-1 in extra time, after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Mikkel Damsgaard opened scoring with a terrific free-kick, before England equalized thanks to an own goal from Simon Kjaer.

The decisive moment of the game came in extra time, after Gareth Southgate’s men were awarded a penalty. Harry Kane’s spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the Tottenham striker scored from the rebound.

“We’re very, very disappointed, and it’s hard for me to talk about.

“Maybe it will (be) easier for me to say how I feel in a few days,” Hjulmand said after Wednesday’s loss at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling won the penalty, when he fell under the challenge of Mathias Jensen.

The contact looked minimal, and a VAR review was needed, after which the decision stood.

“We’re disappointed it was decided that way. … It was a penalty that shouldn’t have been a penalty, and that annoys me right now. We’re disappointed, we’re very disappointed.

“It’s one thing to lose a game, that happens, but losing this way is just a disappointment, because these guys have fought a lot,” Hjulmand added.

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