Players of Denmark celebrate with their fans after winning the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B preliminary round soccer match between Russia and Denmark in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 21, 2021. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Hannah McKay / POOL
In the quarter-finals at Euro 2020, Spain will play against Switzerland, two heavyweights in Belgium and Italy will play against each other, the English against Ukraine and Denmark, which wants to continue its fairytale run in the game against the Czech Republic.
Of the With the last eight teams remaining, Denmark’s victory over Wales was the most emphatic of the round of 16, with the Danes beating Welsh 4-0 in a dominant and inspiring performance across the board, booking an appointment with the Czech Republic.
That result continued theirs previous Cinderella-like run in the tournament, the Nordic nation has shown an admirable determination to reach this stage after midfielders ieler Christian Eriksen has recovered from cardiac arrest.
On June 12th, during Denmark’s opening game of the group stage against Finland, Eriksen collapsed in the 42nd minute just before a throw-in. After he had been stabilized and taken to the hospital, the Danes returned to the field, visibly shaken by the ordeal.
They lost this game 1-0 before another defeat against tournament favorites Belgium. p> Despite these defeats, the individual victory of the Danes in the group stage was enough to qualify due to the goal difference in front of the Finns and the Russians. They beat the Russians 4-1.
When they defeated the Welsh by another four goals in the round of 16, they set a unique record by becoming the first country to score four goals in consecutive games in the championship.
The hero of this game, Kasper Dolberg, was the second Danish player, after Henrik Larsen against the Netherlands at the European Championships in 1992, to score two goals in a knockout match in a major tournament.
“I have that Little boy found in me, the little boy from the playground, from my childhood. The little boy and the joy of playing and the joy of life in general have reached us all, and I think you could see that, ”said Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard, describing his journey after the Eriksen incident.
The Danes climbed during this Competition to the summit and prevailed against heavyweights Germany in the final to get the ultimate prize in European football.
They had entered the tournament by default. Yugoslavia was disqualified because of the breakup of the country and the ensuing warfare.
The Danes had missed the qualification because they had become the runner-up of the Yugoslavs. They were given a little over a week in advance to prepare a squad for the showpiece.
Denmark rode the skirt laps of this sequence of events and became European champions one by one.
Almost three decades later, they have a realistic chance of repeating history, fueled by the tragedy that befell Eriksen.
If they manage to beat the Czechs, they will face either England or Ukraine in the last four.
“We discovered that there are more important things in life than football. We have agreed on this and are standing together. Not just us as a team, but all of Denmark, ”said Joakim Maehle in the run-up to the clash against the Czechs.
One of the other quarter-finals will see what a splendid final would make in every tournament – the robust Italians compete against them extravagant Belgians.
Italy enter the game in good spirits after extending their unbeaten run to a national record of 31 games despite digging deep in the final round to defeat Austria 2-1 in extra time to defeat.
The team of Roberto Mancini can show a 100 percent record in the tournament so far, as well as the Red Devils. The winner of this duel sets a new record for the longest winning streak in the competition, including qualification.
“Italy will be the toughest opponent we’ve met so far. They had a good winning streak and it will be a nice challenge for us to finish this sequence, “said Belgium’s hero against Portugal, Thorgan Hazard.
While the duel between Italy and Belgium will be relatively even, England is expected to that it will pass Ukraine.
The English go into the game with the expectation of their demanding fans that they will play the final at London’s Wembley Stadium as one of the two teams in a week.
“There are this perception that we just have to show up and we are on our way. We are now very clear that the entire focus is on Saturday, ”said Southgate. “We have to prepare the game properly and our mentality is crucial.”
The Swiss are full of confidence after claiming the biggest surprise of this euro edition to date. They knocked out favorites France on penalties before the tournament to secure their place at that point.
They face a Spanish team whose last performance, a 5-3 win over Croatia, was their best and worst Sides showed.
The men of Luis Enrique let a 3-1 lead run out in this game and forced extra time. In extra time, they finally ended Zlatko Dali’s team. Similar slip-ups against the confident Swiss and they might not be so lucky this time. DM
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