'Never seen this': Disbelief after bizarre detail in Euro 2020 'robbery'

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Raheem Sterling (pictured) dribbling the ball despite another one being on the field in the lead up to England's penalty.
Fans are fuming after two balls (pictured) were on the field in the build-up to Raheem Sterling's controversial penalty for England against Denmark. (Image: Twitter)

England may have advanced to the Euro 2020 final, but the lead up to their extra-time goal has sparked uproar within the football community.

Denmark took a shock lead against a rampaging England outfit, before England equalised and, much like the Italy and Spain match a day earlier, the game went into extra-time.

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The Three Lions were relentless as Denmark looked for brief moments to counter after being pegged back.

Then in the 102 minute, Sterling went for a weaving run in the Danish penalty area.

However, after evading two defenders Sterling went down under what appeared to be minimal contact.

The referee awarded the penalty to a thunderous applause in the stadium.

Replays quickly showed Sterling had gone down under the most minimal contact and also appeared to be on his way down as the challenge was made.

However, VAR didn't deem the referee's decision was wrong or an obvious error so the penalty stood.

Fans notice two balls before Raheem Sterling penalty

While fans were rightfully fuming over the lack of VAR intervention, eagled-eyed supporter also noticed a bizarre detail in the build-up to the penalty.

As England were building up the play on the right-hand side of the field, a ball had rolled onto the pitch.

Sterling received the ball in play and just so happened to make a dazzling run with metres of the extra ball on the field.

Generally during a game, if a second ball is on the field the play is stopped.

But Sterling ran past the ball and the rest is history.

After the furore around the penalty being awarded, a second bizarre detail in the build-up to the goal sent fans into a frenzy.

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But the drama didn't end there.

England captain stepped up to convert the penalty, which Sterling won, but his initial effort was saved from Kasper Schmeichel.

Kane was alert to the save and subsequently followed it up with a routine finish to put England ahead and ultimately into the Euro 2020 final.

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