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Italy in full rebound against Spain, England at home against Denmark with long teeth, keeps their semi-final headliners at Euro Tuesday and Wednesday in London (9 pm), the tantalizing epilogue of a tournament always troubled by Covid-19 .

“Football is coming home” (“Football is coming home”) … on the outskirts of the famous London Wembley Stadium, you’ll have to put your ears to the glory of the England team, to use these few words ever sung , sometimes shouted, but always proudly chanted by supporters of the “Three Lions” who dream of the first continental title.

For this reunion between the round ball and the country that codified it, it’s better not to miss the final, Sunday’s (9 p.m.) meeting, and that means success against this Euro’s surprise team: Denmark.

The Dane, with each of his appearances, turned Europe to emotion, born from the tragedy avoided by his playwright Christian Eriksson, who suffered a heart attack during his first match in Copenhagen, between a clever and seductive play and an unparalleled solidarity. . the crowd of his house.

“Tough Nights”

Becoming the darling of the entire continent, Denmark prays to repeat the incredible scenario of 1992, when Peter Schmeichel and others won the title after being drafted at the last minute after the boycott of Yugoslavia…

Paradoxically, the Danes are playing their fourth Euro semi-final (after 1964, 1984 and 1992) and are more experienced at this stage of the competition than England, having made up on two unsuccessful attempts in their last two semi-finals. In 1968 by Yougolsavia (0-1) and in 1996 by Germany were eliminated on penalties.

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England coach Gareth Southgate said, “In recent years, we have suffered and we have had tough nights, disappointing performances. But today, we are very confident and the players see what is possible.”

Tough nights, something Spain and Italy have shared for many years, before meeting again on Tuesday (9 p.m.). Absent from the World Cup in Russia three years ago, “Nazionele Azura” is gradually gaining its rank among the best, because for “Rosa” was crowned three times at Euro (1964, 2008, 2012), he Nine years after the last victory of the magical generation of Xavi and Iniesta, she wants to be reunited with her past glory.

It was already against Italy at that time, and the final in Kiev turned into a Spanish offensive (4-0).

rising generation

Names are less discussed on the scoresheet this year, but it is also because he is careless that Luis Enrique’s Spain is dangerous, in games – 5-0 against Slovakia, 5-3 after overtime against Croatia – as penalties. In a practice quarterfinal against Switzerland, crowned with success (1-1 AP, 3-1 TAB).

It also has a growing generation and a unified owner in the person of Roberto Mancini, the European champion in Italy, 1968.

“We have been talking about this team in a positive way for several months, we must congratulate the players for it, because we come from a long way and we continue to make progress”, he said in the quarter-final against Belgium. Taste after victory (2)-1).

After this benchmark match, Lorenzo Insigne’s teammate is surfing a series of thirty-two games unbeaten, a record for the Italian team, but due to injury, his one trump card, Leonardo Spinazola’s full-back. The part is lost.

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So Wembley will be the den of all dreams, the epilogue of this unusual Euro which was played in eleven European cities, where the four host nations from the first round find themselves in the last four.

Variant Delta

Until its close on Sunday evening, the competition will be with the ghost of the pandemic. After being postponed for a year, the Covid-19 virus is sparking controversy over fears of a mix of populations in London in a city affected by the delta variant.

It is in this context that more than sixty thousand spectators will gather in the expanse of the “Temple of Football”.

Meetings under heightened vigil in the stands, high-pressure skirmishes on the lawn… the road to the final promises to be winding!

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