UEFA EURO 2020 Quarter-Final Highlights: Denmark into last four after 29 years – The Indian Express - Techy Hunters


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UEFA EURO 2020 Quarter-Final Highlights: Denmark into last four after 29 years – The Indian Express

UEFA EURO 2020 Quarter-Final, Czech Republic vs Denmark Highlights.

UEFA EURO 2020 Quarter-Final, Czech Republic vs Denmark Highlights: Denmark kept their fairytale alive as they progressed to the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finals after beating Czech Republic 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on Saturday.

Kasper Hjulmand‘s side progressed to the quarter-finals courtesy of an impressive 4-0 victory over Wales after qualifying for the knockouts on the final group matchday. Against the Czechs, Denmark took an early lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Thomas Delaney headed home from a corner. In-form striker Kasper Dolberg doubled the lead five minutes before the break with a cool finish off wing-back Joakim Maehle’s perfect cross. Jaroslav Silhavy’s team started the second half well, with joint top-scorer Patrik Schick pulling one back in the 49th minute. But the spirited Danes held their own right till the very end.

The adventure continues for Denmark! After losing the first two matches of the tournament, they have turned it all around without Eriksen. Delaney and Dolberg’s first-half goals were enough in the end. With this hard-fought 2-1 win over the Czechs, they have reached the semi-final stage of the European Championship for the first time since 1992! Elation for Hjulmand and his men!

Both the teams have been engaged in quite a tense affair for the last ten minutes… half chances, scuffed shots from both the sides. Maehle was denied few minutes back, but it’s all Czech Republic now in the six minutes of injury time. Still 1-2!

Hjulmand bring on fresh players to hold out for the win. Andersen and Jensen replace Christensen and Delaney respectively.

After the initial burst of tempo, the game has slowed down. But the Czechs come close from yet another free-kick… Barak swings one with his left-foot from the right flank, but right before it reaches Soucek’s head, Schmeichel palms it away to safety.

Meanwhile, striker Vydra and playmaker Darida are on in place of Schick and Sevcik for the final 15 minutes.

Another like-for-like change for Denmark: Stryger-Larsen is replaced by Wass.

Czech Republic dealt blows! In an attempt to stop Poulsen from shooting, Soucek dives in and blocks the shot but a trailing leg hits the midfielder on the head. While he gets patched up by medics, limping centre-back Celustka is replaced by Brabec.

Denmark make two changes: Dolberg and Damsgaard are replaced by striker Poulsen and midfielder Norgaard. 

Finally! Ever since the start of the second half, it has been all Czech Republic. Barak had a long shot saved, Schick had an overhead kick blocked, but they finally get their first goal. The Bayer Leverkusen forward finishes Coufal’s cross with a fine volley into the turf that deceives Schmeichel. With this goal, Schick is now the joint-top scorer (5) in Euro 2020 alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Czech Republic restart the contest from the centre after bringing on Jankto, Krmencik in place of Holes, Masopust. 

And that’s the end of the first half! Denmark have been shrewd with their approach and they have reaped the rewards. Delaney opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a free header and then Dolberg doubled the lead with a calm volley from close range five minutes before the break. Czech Republic dominated the play in between but so far, they have lacked finishing in front of the goal.  

What a cool finish! Against the run of play, Denmark lands a devastating blow right before the break… Maehle finds himself in space on the left flank and he crosses one inside with the outside of his right-foot. Braithwaite makes a decoy run, dragging one Czech defender with him, which gives Dolberg acres of space to steer it home on the volley. Vaclik left standing. Czechs in trouble.

Damsgaard’s shot is saved by Vaclik! Vestergaard gains the ball in his own half and he releases the sprinting Damsgaard on the right flank… he takes on the defender and shoots with his right but it’s well parried away by the experienced goalkeeper.

Albeit a slow one, it has been a response of some sort by the Czechs. They are dominating possession right now, gaining regular free-kicks in the final third. Celustka comes close from a free-kick but he can’t connect his header properly. Minutes later, Holes shoots straight at Schmeichel. Meanwhile, the Danes are content with counter-attacking opportunities for the timebeing. 

The Czechs are showing their desire now as they pounce on a Schmeichel mistake. The goalkeeper passes it straight to Masopust, who then drifts inside and rolls a pass in the path of Holes at the far post. Schmeichel closes the angle and makes the save.

After Schick lashed one at the other end, Denmark get on their bike to launch a counter-attack from an opposition corner. Damsgaard, who’s celebrating his 21st birthday, races forward and fires at goal from the right of the box, but it’s cleared off the line.

One bounce and in! Stryger’s inswinging delivery from the right corner is headed home by Delaney with no pressure at all. Defender Kalas leaves his man which gives the Dortmund midfielder acres of space and time to perfect his connection. Easy, early lead.

A competitive start to the contest with Soucek already flooring Maehle after an aerial duel. Much of the play has been happening in the centre of the park with good tempo from both sides. Denmark, in white, are trying more to keep the ball at their feet.

After getting over with the pre-match formalities, the ball is set rolling by Denmark, who are playing in white.

Denmark’s first Euro quarter-final since 2004. Czech Republic reached the semi-finals at Euro 2004 by beating the Danes…

Jaroslav Šilhavý, Czech Republic coach: “Denmark are really strong as a team, their style is similar to ours. We have to match them in commitment and approach. One simple mistake can decide the whole match. I believe that it will be us who can take advantage of some of our opponents’ mistakes. I think it will be a very tight match and the little things will decide it.”

Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark coach: “I can’t look anywhere without getting motivated. We’re doing it for the whole of Denmark and we have two dreams: to win something and to inspire and excite. We have a framework and philosophy that we stick to but, inside that, there is also space for tactical things, positions, and the skill of the individual players. We always try to find the right framework for the players to work in and, of course, it’s the same way with the Czechs.”

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