How Eriksen penalty earned Denmark win over star-studded England
Football – UEFA Nations League – League A – Group 2 – England v Denmark – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – October 14, 2020. Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scores their first goal from the penalty spot. [Photo: REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas]

Christian Eriksen’s penalty on his 100th appearance for Denmark earned his side a 1-0 win over England in their Nations League clash at Wembley on Wednesday as the hosts played more than half the game with 10 men.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen powered his spot-kick past Jordan Pickford in the 35th minute, a couple of minutes after England centre back Harry Maguire had received a red card for a second booking.

Defeat ended a run of nine successive home wins for England, who beat top-ranked Belgium on Sunday, while Denmark celebrated their first victory over England at Wembley since 1983.

To rub salt into the home wounds Reece James was also shown a red card after the final whistle following a melee.

England slipped to third place in Group A2 which is now headed by Belgium with Denmark above England on goal difference.

While it was a memorable night for Danish playmaker Eriksen, it was a disappointing one for England who suffered only their second home defeat in 32 competitive internationals.

There were some positives, however, notably an encouraging full debut for Chelsea right back James who was arguably England’s most effective attacking option, only to blot his copybook as tempers flared at full-time.

Denmark, playing with the same side that beat Iceland at the weekend, started brightly with Kasper Dolberg having a couple of half chances and Eriksen pulling the strings but England had begun to dominate when everything changed after 32 minutes.

Maguire, who had been booked for a rash foul on Yussuf Poulsen, took a poor touch near the halfway line and his attempted recovery tackle, while taking the ball, also caught Dolberg to earn the Manchester United man a second yellow.

Three minutes later, with England still re-organising, a long ball into their area caused hesitation in the home defence between Kyle Walker and Pickford and when Thomas Delaney went down referee Jesus Gil Manzano pointed to the spot.

How Eriksen penalty earned Denmark win over star-studded England
England manager Gareth Southgate with Denmark’s Christian Eriksen after the match. [Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville]

It was a harsh decision but with no VAR to save England, Eriksen thumped his penalty past Pickford.

England stuck to their task after the break and but for an incredible save by Kasper Schmeichel might have avoided defeat.

When Declan Rice headed the ball into the area and Mason Mount connected with his head from close range a goal looked certain but somehow Schmeichel clawed it away.

Denmark enjoyed plenty of possession but England looked the more threatening late on and Harry Kane’s goalbound header was cleared off the line as Denmark hung on.

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