After a last magnificent group match in Group B, Denmark managed to snatch its ticket for the round of 16 of the Euro by winning this Monday in Copenhagen against Russia (4-1). A great story after the fear following Christian Eriksen’s heart failure when the Danes entered the competition.
Somewhere it was written that Denmark could not leave this Euro by the back door. Even more after the enormous fear caused by Christian Eriksen’s heart failure for his entry into the competition against Finland (0-1). Good last at the start of this last group match, the Danes surpassed themselves, this Monday in Copenhagen, to overthrow (4-1) a powerless Russia, which could have seen the bill increase without a great Safonov in the goals. And in the end, Martin Braithwaite’s teammates will indeed be present at the round of 16 thanks to their second place in group B.
Hojbjerg lights the fuse, Damsgaard electrifies the crowd
Apart from a dangerous situation for Golovin in the 17th minute, Russia did not know how to be dangerous in the first act. And hardly more in the second. In a Copenhagen Parken won for the cause of the Whites (and not the Reds, color devolved to the Russians on Monday), it was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who lit the fuse in the 28th minute. His heavy strike at 25 meters came close to the Russian post at the same time that it made the spectators aware that yes, Denmark was indeed on a mission tonight. Ten minutes later, the lightning came from Mikkel Damsgaard: at 20 meters, the young winger came to unleash a clear shot that nailed Safonov (1-0, 38 ‘). The third selecton goal of the Sampdoria player completely turned the 25,000 spectators in the enclosure.
A crazy end to the game
While the calculations gained the spans in order to know whether, yes or not, this 1-0 was enough for the Danes to reach the round of 16, the second half came to explode all the forecasts. Shortly before the hour mark, on a huge miss from Zobnin who wanted to find his goalkeeper behind, Yussuf Poulsen took advantage of the offering to make the break (2-0, 59th). Ultra domineering in the game, the Danes are scared and go to the fault: Vestergaard hooks Sobolev and offers a penalty to Dziouba, who does not miss the offering by pulling forcefully in the middle (2-1, 70th).
On the bench, Stanislav Tchertchessov pushes his own and believes in the comeback. At the same time, in Saint-Petersburg, Belgium finally clears the score and gives free rein to Christian Eriksen’s teammates. As long as you win with two goals. The Danes push and are finally rewarded in the 79th minute: after an exceptional double save by Safonov, the ball returns to the feet of Andreas Christensen at 30 meters who lands a right missile which shakes the Russian nets, finally (3 -1, 79th). The Chelsea defender is then assaulted by all his partners and the whole bench. The tide of qualifying has definitely turned. Two minutes later against, Joakim Maehle weighs down the note with a nice strike from the right (4-1, 81st).
At the end of the suspense, the Danish selection has given itself the right to dream by hanging its qualification for the round of 16, which will remain symbolic in more than one way after the Eriksen incident – which could have ended the Euro Danes before he could even start somehow. Kasper Hjulmand’s men finished 2nd in Group B behind Belgium. They will challenge Wales in Amsterdam on June 26 at 6 p.m. ET.