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England fans flashed laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel’s face during Harry Kane penalty

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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Christian Eriksen: Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand in tears during emotional press conference

Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand was deeply upset when quizzed on the distressing situation in which Christian Eriksen had to be resuscitated during his country’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland. The former Tottenham star hit the deck and needed immediate CPR before being rushed to hospital.

Eriksen is now in a stable condition and he FaceTimed his team-mates to tell them to continue the match.

Denmark went on to lose 1-0 as Finland secured their first ever victory at a European Championship.

Hjulmand faced the press after the match and he struggled to fight back the tears.

“It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are,” he said.

“It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.

“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.

“A group of players that I cannot praise enough.

“First of all, if it gets emotional, it’s been a tough night. We are all reminded of what the most important thing in life is – to have valuable relationships, people we’re close to, our family and our friends.

“We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of those people who took such good care of each other.

“He is one of my very dear friends, the way the players talked in the dressing room to decide to not do anything before we knew Christian was conscious and OK.

“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today. You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win.

“It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.

“Honestly, there were players out there that were completely done. Emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.”

Finland boss Markku Kanerva said: “We are going to remember this for a long time for different reasons.

“It was a very emotional night for us.”

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