Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark: Impressive Danes reach semi-finalson July 3, 2021 at 8:40 pm

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Denmark’s impressive and emotional Euro 2020 campaign continues as they march on to the semi-finals courtesy of a victory over the Czech Republic in Baku.

The Danes have gone from strength to strength in the tournament since the trauma of their opening game, in which midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest.

Having hammered Wales in the last 16, they impressively dealt with a dangerous and physical Czech side in a competitive last-eight tie played in a red-hot temperature in Azerbaijan.

They led from the fifth minute, when Thomas Delaney evaded his marker to head in from a corner.

A continual threat on the break, they made it 2-0 just before half-time, with Kasper Dolberg volleying in a superb cross from Joakim Maehle to add to the two goals he scored against Wales.

Their momentum was checked early in the second half as Patrik Schick coolly volleyed in his fifth goal of the tournament, taking him level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot.

But Denmark were able to recompose themselves and dig in to ensure the victory and a semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday.

Their opponent will be England after they thrashed Ukraine later in the evening.

Denmark plot another fairytale

It is nearly three decades since Denmark shocked the continent with their victory at Euro ’92, taking advantage of a late call-up to the finals to produce their country’s greatest sporting moment.

They are currently in the process of writing yet another fairytale in the competition.

Their campaign was only 41 minutes old when Eriksen collapsed before receiving CPR on the pitch as his visibly-distressed team-mates surrounded him and fans around the world watched in shock.

Now those players are just 90 minutes from the final after another brilliant team display that stands as a testament not only to their ability and tactical intelligence but the renewed bond between them, forged in adversity.

They were brilliant in the first half, compact and composed at the back and ruthless and rapid on the counter-attack. They fully deserved their two-goal lead and could have had more, with Delaney wasting the best of their other chances by fluffing an effort wide with his knee.

A much-improved Czech side knocked them out of their comfort zone after the break, but in goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and defensive trio Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer and Jannick Versergaard, Denmark found the stubbornness and leadership they needed to see the game out.

It is the Danes’ first victory over the Czechs at a Euros finals and gives them some revenge for the quarter-final loss in 2004, when Milan Baros’ two goals helped his country to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Baros ended that tournament with five goals, a tally now matched by Schick, who departs having done his own career no end of good with his displays for his country this summer.

The Danes, though, continue their remarkable journey, with London the next destination.

Credit also to the 1,000 or so Danish fans who travelled the 2,000 miles to Baku, knowing that Covid quarantine rules mean they now cannot attend either the semi-final or final, should their country get there.

‘Christian should have been here’

After the game, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said he felt his squad will have Eriksen in their thoughts as they strive to continue their run at Euro 2020.

“I definitely feel it,” he said.

“The whole world of football understood that second, and the days after, the fundamental things in life and in football, the fundamental values of football came through right at that moment.

“There are so many other agendas in football, but we all remembered why we started to play football, what values football is based on and we had a reminder of this.

“I am still thinking of Christian every single day. He should have been here.

“We are happy that he survived. We carry him all the way to this match and all the way to Wembley. I think about him all of the time.

“We all understood maybe that the values of football came through – and maybe we are a symbol of it. I could not be more happy than that.

“The team showed it without being told, ‘this is the way you should act’.

“It was just unbelievable to see this team how the reaction was, how much compassion and love they gave each other, but also the Danish population.

“We are just happy and proud we can maybe just remind ourselves why we love football and what football can do in the world.”

Czech Republic

  1. Squad number10Player nameSchick
    Average rating

    7.15

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal
    Average rating

    6.91

  3. Squad number15Player nameSoucek
    Average rating

    6.64

  4. Squad number6Player nameKalas
    Average rating

    6.23

  5. Squad number1Player nameVaclik
    Average rating

    5.99

  6. Squad number14Player nameJankto
    Average rating

    5.97

  7. Squad number18Player nameBoril
    Average rating

    5.92

  8. Squad number3Player nameCelustka
    Average rating

    5.90

  9. Squad number9Player nameHoles
    Average rating

    5.89

  10. Squad number12Player nameMasopust
    Average rating

    5.88

  11. Squad number7Player nameBarak
    Average rating

    5.84

  12. Squad number13Player nameSevcik
    Average rating

    5.84

  13. Squad number11Player nameKrmencik
    Average rating

    5.72

  14. Squad number4Player nameBrabec
    Average rating

    5.62

  15. Squad number20Player nameVydra
    Average rating

    5.31

  16. Squad number8Player nameDarida
    Average rating

    5.21

Denmark

  1. Squad number12Player nameDolberg
    Average rating

    7.81

  2. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    7.59

  3. Squad number5Player nameMaehle
    Average rating

    7.52

  4. Squad number6Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    7.44

  5. Squad number8Player nameDelaney
    Average rating

    7.35

  6. Squad number4Player nameKjaer
    Average rating

    7.18

  7. Squad number23Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    6.99

  8. Squad number3Player nameVestergaard
    Average rating

    6.92

  9. Squad number20Player namePoulsen
    Average rating

    6.84

  10. Squad number17Player nameStryger Larsen
    Average rating

    6.79

  11. Squad number14Player nameDamsgaard
    Average rating

    6.61

  12. Squad number15Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    6.48

  13. Squad number9Player nameBraithwaite
    Average rating

    6.46

  14. Squad number18Player nameWass
    Average rating

    6.36

  15. Squad number2Player nameAndersen
    Average rating

    6.18

  16. Squad number24Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    5.97

Line-ups

Czech Rep

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Vaclik
  • 5Coufal
  • 3CelustkaSubstituted forBrabecat 65’minutes
  • 6KalasBooked at 86mins
  • 18Boril
  • 9HolesSubstituted forJanktoat 45’minutes
  • 15Soucek
  • 12MasopustSubstituted forKrmencikat 45’minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 7Barak
  • 13SevcikSubstituted forDaridaat 79’minutes
  • 10SchickSubstituted forVydraat 79’minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kaderábek
  • 4Brabec
  • 8Darida
  • 11Krmencik
  • 14Jankto
  • 16Mandous
  • 17Zima
  • 20Vydra
  • 21Kral
  • 23Koubek
  • 24Pekhart
  • 25Pesek

Denmark

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 6ChristensenSubstituted forAndersenat 81’minutes
  • 4Kjaer
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 17Stryger LarsenSubstituted forWassat 71’minutes
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 8DelaneySubstituted forJensenat 81’minutes
  • 5Maehle
  • 14DamsgaardSubstituted forNørgaardat 60’minutes
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 12DolbergSubstituted forPoulsenat 59’minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Andersen
  • 7Skov
  • 11Skov Olsen
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 15Nørgaard
  • 16Lössl
  • 18Wass
  • 19Wind
  • 20Poulsen
  • 21Cornelius
  • 22Rönnow
  • 24Jensen
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
16,306

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Match ends, Czech Republic 1, Denmark 2.

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