Kasper Schmeichel had a laser pen flashed in his eyes as he attempted to keep out Harry Kane’s penalty in extra-time. Replays after the game showed a green flash across the Danish goalkeeper’s face, as England fans tried to put off the Leicester No 1.
It didn’t work though as Schmeichel dived to his left to keep out Kane’s side-footed penalty but the England captain was on hand to tuck home the rebound to send Wembley into raptures.
ITV host Mark Pougatch brought the incident to light after the match, despite England’s victory.
“We have to show you something that happened just as Harry Kane took the penalty,” he said.
“It’s completely unacceptable and ridiculous.
“Look, someone’s got a laser pen in the stands, whoever they are they are an idiot.
“Whether it’s a him or her, we just hope that it didn’t put Kasper Schemichel off.”
Schmeichel to his credit, was a man of the match contender after making several crucial saves.
He denied Raheem Sterling in first half with a brave block shortly before Simon Kjaer turned home past his own goalkeeper as England equalised.
Mikkel Damsgaard had given the underdogs the lead with a stunning free-kick from 25-yards.
Yet England responded well and continued to knock on the door. Their persistence eventually paid off.
The sides couldn’t be separated though after 90 minutes until Sterling won the penalty just before half-time in extra-time.
Kane stepped up from 12-yards but was denied by a big paw from Schmeichel, despite the laser pen being flashed in his eyes.
Luckily, the ball felt right into his path and he smashed home from inside the box.
“For once, for once it’s fallen our way today,” Kane told ITV.
“Credit to the boys, what a performance.
After going 1-0 down we responded really well, dominated the game and had a few chances that could have gone our way.
“Got the penalty and when it’s your night, it’s your night. Thankfully it was today.”
Author: Ryan Taylor
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