In pictures – England beat Denmark to reach first European Championship final
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History beckons for England after they reached the European Championship final for the first time by beating 1992 champions Denmark 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Anticipation was at fever pitch even before Gareth Southgate’s men walked out at Wembley, and a dramatic 120 minutes beneath the arch simply intensified the atmosphere as Harry Kane won it in extra-time, converting the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his penalty.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the best pictures in the hours before, during and after the semi-final.
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China won the Olympic women's team table tennis gold medal on Thursday after a 3-0 victory over Japan in the final, continuing the country's undefeated streak in the event. The Chinese trio of Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, who were all competing at their first Olympics, hoisted the national flag together with their coach Li Sun after clinching the title. In the second match, Sun played Japan's Mima Ito, who she beat in their singles semi-final last week.
Veteran karate-ka Sandra Sanchez is used to defying the odds, but the thought that she would celebrate a gold medal and a wedding anniversary with her husband-coach on a historic day for the sport they love was beyond even her wildest imagination. One month shy of her 40th birthday and 15 years older than her youngest competitor at the Tokyo Olympics, Spain's Sanchez was once written off as too old for the highest echelons of the sport - including by her coach-turned-partner Jesus del Moral. But on a memorable day for karate - the discipline made its Olympics debut on Thursday at Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts - Sanchez took the sport's maiden gold in a tough match against hometown favourite Kiyou Shimizu.
Burkina Faso triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango's disappointing first two jumps in the final in Tokyo left his family watching live at home in Ouagadougou stressed and fearful that he could miss out on a medal - his country's first ever at the Olympics. Urging him on from their sofa, Zango's father, brother and sisters erupted in joy when he leapt 17.47m on his third run, propelling him briefly into second place behind Portugal's Pedro Pichardo. Zango eventually finished third behind Pichardo and China's Zhu Yaming, who jumped a personal best of 17.57m to claim the silver medal.