After two early defeats, Denmark advanced to the 16th round of the European Football Championship. Due to the Finns’ defeat of Russia 4: 1 (1: 0) and Belgium, Danes advanced from fourth to second in Group B.
Michael Tomskart (38th minute), Youssef Paulsen (59th), Andreas Christensen (80th), Joachim Muhle (82nd) scored for Denmark, while Artem Dijuba reduced the penalty (70th). Denmark will face Wales in Amsterdam next Saturday. Russia was eliminated in fourth place.
To get a chance in the round of 16, the Danes needed Belgium’s own win and a one-time win in a draw against Finland. Accordingly, Denmark started the game aggressively with the support of more than 20,000 spectators in Copenhagen. Initially the hosts had almost 70 percent of the ball, but did not create good scoring opportunities in the long run.
After Janic Westerkard lost the ball unnecessarily, Russia had a better chance to take the lead. Alexander Golov’s graduation was very centered after more than half the field (18th).
In the 29th minute, a shot by Pierre-Emily Hajjerg from about 25 meters went wider than the target. This was the starting signal for a very dangerous Denmark. After the Russians still got a foot or head between some sharp sides, there was no chance of defense when Tomskard fired from almost 23 meters. After Hajjerk’s strong pass, the 20-year-old put the ball in the corner (38th).
After the break, the game was in balance – until Roman Chopin wanted to play back pass without looking at his goalkeeper. Paulson was fast on an inaccurate back pass, only needed to push towards the empty goal (59th).
And then it got very emotional in the square. First, the pro-yellow Fedor Kudryashov did not fly with the yellow-red despite holding the opponent’s jersey (65th), and then the Russians were awarded the controversial fine (68th). Dysuba changed (70th).
However, Dance did not impress, but played seriously for the third goal. After some good chances beforehand, Christensen scored first with a powerful shot (80th) and then Muhle made the decision (82nd).