England kept ball for over two minutes with 54 passes to end chance of extra-time Denmark comeback and reach Euro 2020
THE extra-time clock ticked to 116 minutes 20 seconds against Denmark
Then something quite extraordinary happened.
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For two minutes and 41 seconds, England did not lose the ball.
They made 54 consecutive passes, knocking the ball around with all the ease of a training drill.
Every Three Lions player touched the ball.
The ball goes from right to left to right again — pulling the tired, spent Danes all over the turf at Wembley.
Those 54 passes made up the longest possession at Euro 2020 so far, eclipsing a 43-pass move from Germany when they beat Portugal in the group stages.
England also come third on the list, thanks to 42-pass moves against Croatia in the group matches and Ukraine in the 4-0 quarter-final victory.
In the last five minutes against Denmark, England enjoyed an incredible 75 per cent possession.
They have averaged just shy of 54 per cent in the tournament so far.
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And in extra-time, as a final place was secured, they completed 90 per cent of their passes.
Gareth Southgate’s men now take on Italy in Sunday’s showpiece event.
And after Roberto Mancini’s men commanded just 29 per cent of the ball in their semi-final win over Spain, England could expect to see more of the same.
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