Denmark is progressing in an exciting way (video)
When the day started, Denmark’s time at Euro 2020 was just over.
When it ended, Denmark – and pretty much every neutral fan – was over the moon.
The Danes shot past Russia 4-1 thanks to a strong second half and Belgium’s 2-0 win over Finland meant Denmark finished second in Group B thanks to the tiebreak.
Andreas Christensen’s rocket goal in the 79th minute ensured that Denmark’s goal difference was enough to jump from fourth to second place, which guarantees a place in the knockout phase:
All of this happens nine days after Christian Eriksen’s collapse in the opening match against Finland. The Danes lost their first two games, some of whom admitted their mental health was affected by the incident, and ended up bottoming out in Group B on Monday with zero points.
Eriksen was released from the hospital on Friday and surprised his teammates during training the next day. It seemed to bolster the mood of the Danes as they used a relatively easy route to advance.
Russia and Finland only had three points each on Monday, which meant the Danes would automatically move on if Denmark won by at least two goals and Belgium won too. The first two teams in each group advance, the first four third-placed teams also qualify for the knockout phase.
Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard scored on a gorgeous hair curler in the first half to give hope to the crowd in Copenhagen, one of the venues for the tournament. Just an hour ago, Russia’s Roman Zobnin gave Denmark a second goal with a terrible back pass that Yussuf Poulsen pushed into the net:
What followed was a stretch of nerves for Denmark as the Belgians canceled a goal thanks to a questionable offside position and Russia’s Artem Dzyuba thanks to one questionable punishment. In doing so, he became Russia’s all-time joint top scorer with 30 goals.
But then Belgium took the lead thanks to a Finnish own goal (before adding a second goal through Romelu Lukaku) and set the stage for Christensen’s miracle. Denmark scored a fourth goal a few minutes later when Joakim Mæhle came inside and completed a counterattack.
The Danes will now face Wales in the round of 16 in Amsterdam on Saturday. Your tournament is not over yet.
Judging by their determination on Monday, it may be over for a while.
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