England will face Italy if they make it to the Euro 2020 final – and some fans are relieved

<p>The Italy players celebrate after their penalty shootout victory</p>

The Italy players celebrate after their penalty shootout victory

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England will have to defeat Italy to get their hands on the Euro 2020 trophy – if they make it past Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

And some fans were pleased and relieved to see Italy conquer Spain on penalties – because they thought the Spanish side looked a tougher prospect to beat.

Federico Chiesa scored in the 60th minute, before Alvaro Morata equalized. But after a goalless extra-time period, it came down to penalties.

And it was a miss by Morata that opened the door for Federico Bernardeschi to slot home, sending the Italians through to the final on Sunday.

The game itself was wild and exciting:

England beat Ukraine in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 and play Denmark in the semis on Wednesday.

Unlike the last game against Ukraine in Rome, the semi-final is at Wembley of all places, with 60,000 fans in attendance which means the place will be rocking.

Unlike previous false dawns, it really is starting to feel like football is coming home. This run feels legit, with a clean sheet kept in every game and a jaw-droppingly dominant performance which saw England put four past Ukraine on the road in Rome.

But some fans were a bit nervous that some pundits are talking like England had already sailed past Denmark:

Wednesday’s tie is England’s first European Championship semi-final for 25 years.

There was no ‘easy’ team to face out of Italy and Spain – they are ranked 7th and 6th in the world respectively.

England, incredibly, are ranked fourth, and are the highest-ranked side still remaining in the tournament.

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