Denmark’s Schmeichel targeted by England fan’s laser for Kane’s penalty

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A laser was shone in Kasper Schmeichel’s face as Harry Kane struck his penalty in England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final.

The Three Lions progressed to their first major tournament final in 55 years – where they will face Italy – as captain Kane tucked home the rebound from a controversially-awarded penalty in extra-time.

A laser was shone in Schmeichel’s eye shortly before Kane took his spot kick

However, eagle-eyed viewers have noticed there was a bit of foul play from a fan at Wembley, with images showing a green laser being shone on Schmeichel’s face as he prepared to face the penalty.

It didn’t seem to put the Leicester goalkeeper off, though, as he pulled off an excellent save – only to see Kane fire in at the second time of asking.

There was also a second ball on the pitch in the build up to the match-winning goal, which came 12 minutes into extra-time.

As Sterling charged down the right, another ball had made its way on to the pitch but the referee did not stop play.


England were deserved winners in the clash but Jose Mourinho believes the Three Lions were very fortunate to get the penalty in the first place.

Sterling was brought down following another menacing run into the box, but many have suggested there was minimal contact and the referee Danny Makkelie decision might have been a bit soft.

The Special One told talkSPORT: “England deserved to win but that’s never a penalty. At this level – a semi-final of the Euro I don’t understand the referee’s decision and the fact the VAR didn’t bring the referee into the screen.

“It’s never a penalty. I’m very happy England won, don’t get me wrong. They deserved to win but I am disappointed as a football man that was given.”

England boss Gareth Southgate conceded he had not seen replays of the penalty but hinted it may have been ‘soft’.

“I’ve not seen it yet,” he told talkSPORT. “Everyone’s said that to me, I’m assuming it’s been checked by VAR. From what you’re saying it maybe sounds soft, but for tonight I’m not that fussed.”

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