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Mourinho on Sterling’s penalty during England’s win over Denmark 

England national team progressed to the Euro 2020 finals following a 2-1 win over Denmark. England scored the decisive goal thanks to a penalty awarded by referee Danny Makkelie in the 102nd minute. From the spot-kick, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel warded off a Harry Kane shot but the forward slotted it into the net. Raheem Sterling, who fell inside the penalty area after a challenge with a Danish defender, was awarded the penalty. Roma head coach Jose Mourinho commented on Raheem Sterling’s penalty.

According to ESPN, when Sterling entered the penalty area from the right flank, there were two balls on the pitch at the same time. However, the referee did not stop the game, although he should have done so according to the rules and played the disputed ball. After the Euro 2020 semi-final match, Mourinho has shared his thoughts.

“Yes, a great match, but I’m not sure you want to hear my opinion. I will say what I see. You might not like what I have to say this time,” Mourinho said on Talk Sport radio. “It was by no means a penalty kick. England were better and won, they deserved it. England played fantastically, but I don’t think there was a penalty.”

“England are better than Denmark. Denmark played the way I expected them to play. They played to the best of their ability. England were very, very good. There is no doubt that they deserved to win this match. But I think there was no penalty. I do not understand this decision of the referee in the Euro semi-final. And I understand even less the fact that the VAR didn’t send the referee to the monitor and overturn the decision. It’s not a penalty by any means.”

“As a football person, I’m very happy that England won, don’t get me wrong. And I think they deserved to win, don’t get me wrong. But as a man of football, I’m very disappointed that such a penalty was awarded. I thought England would win on their own. Denmark was very tired by extra time. The players acted at their best.”

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