Denmark captain Simon Kjaer hails their ‘amazing journey’ at Euro 2020 after semi-final loss to England, while goalscorer Mikkel Damsgaard admits he has ‘an empty feeling in my body’ as the Danes miss out on the final
- READ: England are in the Euro 2020 final after a narrow 2-1 win over Denmark
- The unfancied Danes went ahead through Mikkel Damsgaard’s wonder free kick
- But England rallied to win after Simon Kjaer’s own goal and a Harry Kane penalty
- Captain Kjaer said it had been an ‘amazing’ journey after an emotional ride
- But Damsgaard felt ’empty’ and Martin Braithwaite said it was ‘hard to digest’
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer said he was proud of his side despite being knocked out of Euro 2020 in the semi-finals by England.
The Danes were never expected to progress to the last four and had a rollercoaster ride to Wembley after losing their first two group games – as well as their star man Christian Eriksen in a horrifying ordeal as he suffered a cardiac arrest.
But Kasper Hjulmand’s side became one of the sweethearts of the tournament as the footballing world poured out their support following Eriksen’s collapse – which the midfielder recovered from and continued to cheer his side on.
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer hailed his team for their ‘amazing’ journey after being dumped out of Euro 2020 by England
The unfancied Danes progressed to the semi-finals after an emotional ride at the tournament
Denmark thrashed Russia 4-1 to reach the knockouts before putting another four past Wales and then saw off the Czech Republic to set up a meeting with England.
Mikkel Damsgaard had put his side ahead from a free kick to make them dream of the final but the Three Lions rallied as a Kjaer own goal and Harry Kane’s penalty ensured they would meet Italy in the showpiece.
Kjaer has been Denmark’s figurehead throughout the tournament after leading by example during the Eriksen incident, and he was quick to congratulate his country on their achievement despite the heartbreak of missing out on the final.
‘I think slowly as we get some distance from this, we’ll begin to notice some things,’ he told DR1. ‘It has been difficult to take it all in, but it has been an amazing journey.
Kjaer said he was proud of the squad and that their last four spot was ‘more than we hoped for’
‘It is more than I had ever hoped for. I am proud, but I’m also disappointed we didn’t go all the way to the final.’
Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite, who stood out for his country this summer, admitted the loss would be hard to ‘digest’, and said the team were ‘incredibly disappointed’ to go home.
‘There’s no doubt that we have to digest this one, and then we’ll go out on the attack again. Of course, there is pride, but we’re incredibly disappointed right now because we really felt there was more to this.’
Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite was downbeat and said their narrow loss was hard to ‘digest’
Goalscoring hero Mikkel Damsgaard said he was left with an ’empty feeling’ after the defeat
Damsgaard had broken the deadlock with a wonder strike from the dead ball – curling his effort past Jordan Pickford, but his goal was to be their only effort of note as they were forced to defend for much of the game.
The midfielder said he was left with an ’empty feeling’ and praised his side for ‘giving it all we had’.
‘I’m just super-disappointed, and I’m standing here with an empty feeling in my body. We’ve been giving it all we had through the whole tournament, so it’s a very disappointing feeling to stand here without having gotten anything out of a match like this.’
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