England are in the Euro 2020 final, their first appearance in the last game of a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, after beating Denmark 2-1 in overtime in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s men suffered a shock midway through the first half when Mikkel Damsgaard put the Danes ahead with a sublime free kick over the wall and in front of a desperate Jordan Pickford.
But the Three Lions rallied quickly, with a low cross from Bukayo Saka forcing Danish captain Simon Kjaer to turn the ball into his own net under pressure from Raheem Sterling.
Southgate’s side controlled the game for most of the second half but couldn’t find a way to get past Kasper Schmeichel before Harry Kane converted an admittedly dubious penalty into extra time on second request, triggering jubilant scenes across the country.
They will face Italy, who reserved their place for Sunday’s grand final on Tuesday night with a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Spain after the game ended 1-1 under normal circumstances, the Chelsea midfielder Jorginho having made the decision. Spotkick in an icy way for the greatest pleasure of the faithful Azzurri.
Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata had scored the goals to bring the game into overtime before the latter and his teammate Dani Olmo – superb throughout a grueling 120 minutes – missed their penalties to send Luis Enrique’s improving team to crush.
English and Italian fans will need to have deep pockets if they are to see the final in person, however, with all tickets currently on offer through the UEFA website having already been purchased and others sold by touts elsewhere for extremely inflated prices. prices.
A pair of tickets to Sunday’s match currently on sale on resale site Ticombo will cost £ 40,000, despite UEFA’s official ban on reselling match tickets above face value.
The cheapest ticket available on the site on Wednesday afternoon was a single seat priced at £ 1,796.
As more than 60,000 people attended England’s semi-final against Denmark – the stadium three-quarters full and rocking – it has been suggested that seating could be increased to 90,000 for the flagship shock, which implies that other tickets could be available in the coming days.
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Speaking to Sky News earlier this week about the difficulty of securing tickets to the semi-finals, Football Supporters Europe’s Matt Willis said persistence is key in the battle with the official UEFA website .
“Demand is skyrocketing … You have to be patient and determined with the UEFA portal. Do not abandon. Keep going, ”he said.
“This portal is there and it is active. Tickets enter and exit this portal as they become available. Everyone wants to be a part of this opportunity and this game. It’s really exciting for the nation.
If you are having no joy through the official channel and the resale prices are too ridiculous to consider, there may be another avenue for you if you live in the capital.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is holding a raffle offering two tickets for Sunday and another 50 to watch the game in the Trafalgar Square fan zone, an offer open to anyone who has had their first Covid jab and can show proof that ‘they attended either a walk-in center or an appointment.
Khan describes the offer as a “golden opportunity” to be part of what could be “an incredible day for our nation”.
Either way, if you’re still unlucky, the finale will air on both BBC One and ITV at 7pm Sunday, so all is far from over.