England are into the final of Euro 2020, their first appearance in the last game of a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, after beating Denmark 2-1 in extra-time in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley.
Southgate’s side controlled the game for most of the second half but could not find a way past Kasper Schmeichel before Harry Kane converted an admittedly-dubious penalty in extra-time at the second time of asking, teeing up jubilant scenes across the nation.
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They will go on to face Italy, who booked their place in Sunday’s grande finale late on Tuesday with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Spain after the match finished 1-1 in normal time, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho tucking away the deciding spotkick in icy fashion to the delight of the Azzurri faithful.
Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata had scored the goals to take the game into extra-time before the latter and teammate Dani Olmo - superb throughout an exhausting 120 minutes - missed their penalties to send Luis Enrique’s improving side crashing out.
English and Italian fans will have to have deep pockets if they want to see the final in person, however, with all tickets currently on offer via the Uefa website having already been snapped up and others being sold on by touts elsewhere going for hugely-inflated prices.
A pair of tickets to Sunday’s game currently up for grabs on the resale website Ticombo are going for a whopping £40,000, despite Uefa officially banning the resale of match tickets above face-value.
The cheapest ticket available on the site as of Wednesday afternoon was a single seat priced at £1,796.
While more than 60,000 people attended England’s semi against Denmark - the stadium three-quarters full and rocking - it has been suggested that seating capacity could be upped further to 90,000 for the showpiece clash, implying further tickets could be made available in the coming days.
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Speaking to Sky News earlier this week about the difficulty of securing semi-final tickets, Matt Willis of Football Supporters Europe said that perseverance is the key when doing battle with Uefa’s official site.
“Demand is through the roof... You have got to be patient and determined with the Uefa portal. Don’t give up. Keep going,” he said.
“That portal is there and it’s active. Tickets drop in and out of that portal as and when they are available. Everybody wants to be part of this opportunity and this game. It’s really gripping the nation.”
If you have no joy via the official channel and the resale prices are too ridiculous to contemplate, there might be one more avenue open to you if you live in the capital.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is holding a prize draw offering two tickets for Sunday and 50 more to watch the game in the fan zone in Trafalgar Square, an offer open to anyone who has had their first Covid jab and can present proof that they have attended either a walk-in centre or been to an appointment.
Khan describes the offer as a “golden opportunity” to be part of what could be “an amazing day for our nation”.
Anyway, if you still have no luck, the final is being shown on both BBC One and ITV at 7pm on Sunday, so all is far from lost.
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