Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has opined that referee Danny Makkelie made a big error in awarding England a penalty against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semifinal game on Wednesday night, saying the defeat is hard to take because of the controversial decision.
The game finished 1 all in regulation time before Raheem Sterling went down in the box in the first half of extra time after appearing to have been fouled by Joakim Maehle.
The referee pointed to the spot and after some VAR checks, his decision stood as protests from the Danish team came to naught. The ensuing penalty by Harry Kane was saved by Kasper Schmeichel before the forward slotted in the rebound as it fell to him.
The game eventually ended 2:1 in favor of the Three Lions and took them to the final where they’ll face Italy in the same venue on July 11.
This decision didn’t go down will Schmeichek senior as the incident looked very dodgy on replays as Sterling appeared to be already falling before any contact was made. ‘He made a really big mistake on the penalty,’ Schmeichel told beIN Sports of Dutch referee Makkelie.
‘This will be debated for a long, long time. In a way it’s a hard one to take because it’s not a penalty.
‘I would have been much more relaxed and accepting if they’d scored in one of the many chances they created.
‘Unfortunately the referee in this instance made a big mistake, in my opinion.’
Denmark went ahead in the game via a memorable freekick by Mikkel Damsgaard in the 30th minute but an own goal by Simon Kjaer resulted in the equalizer 9 minutes later.
However, the Three Lions dominated the game and had more chances and it can be argued that they deserved to win despite the controversial penalty call.
Regardless, Schmeichel believes his countrymen leave Euro 2020 with pride after a fine run to the last four which was not expected after their loss to Finland in their first game of the tournament.
‘We are very proud of the Danish team, I think the Danish team has done fantastically well,’ he said.
‘We leave the tournament with honour and England go on to play Italy in the final, they’ve had a really good tournament.
‘It’s the first time today that they’ve played against really tough opposition and in the end they came good.’