Denmark made it via to the final 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday after a convincing 4-1 win over Russia which alongside Belgium’s victory in opposition to Finland meant they completed second in Group B.
Goals from Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen, and Joakim Maehle gave the Danes their first win of the event on a joyous night on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Delirious followers showered one another with beer as Denmark rattled within the targets that allowed them to finish the group stage in get together temper after the trauma of Christian Eriksen’s mid-match collapse of their opening fixture in opposition to the Finns.
Denmark will face Wales within the final 16 in Amsterdam on Saturday.
The Danes got here into the match with no factors from their first two matches however figuring out a win over Russia by two targets or extra and defeat for Finland would assure them passage from the group because the second-placed group.
During the match’s opening ceremony an enormous Denmark shirt with “Eriksen 10” written on it was unfurled to deafening cheers from supporters, after which a rousing rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was belted out from the stands.
The sense that this was a pure sporting event after the troubles of latest days was highlighted by the refrain of boos that greeted the Russian group onto the pitch.
Once the match obtained underway, Denmark continued with the identical aggression as of their defeats to Finland and Belgium however initially struggled to create probabilities in opposition to a stable Russian group who had been content material to maintain issues tight.
The nominal house group, Russia enraged the Danish followers by taking their time over set-pieces and throw-ins as early as halfway via the primary half.
However, it was the Russians who had the primary probability of the sport, Aleksandr Golovin driving in direction of the objective and fashioning an ideal scoring alternative solely to shoot straight at Kasper Schmeichel from shut vary.
They had been left to rue lacking that probability six minutes earlier than the break when Damsgaard confirmed why he was picked to interchange Eriksen as Denmark’s playmaker.
The Sampdoria winger, who solely turns 21 early subsequent month, appeared like he had on a regular basis on this planet when he unleashed a curling strike that whipped previous Matvei Safonov and triggered an eruption of celebrations within the stands.
Their tails up and the group now bouncing in unison, Jannik Vestergaard got here shut to creating it two in as many minutes when he headed a nook simply broad.
Denmark continued to press after the restart however their second got here in nearly comical circumstances on the hour mark.
Poulsen might hardly imagine his luck when Daler Kuzyaev’s miscued back-pass rolled straight to him in entrance of the Russian objective, leaving him the straightforward process of rolling into an empty internet and giving Denmark the two-goal lead they wanted to complete second ought to Belgium win.
Soon after the already rowdy followers within the Parken set free probably the loudest cheer of the evening as information of Romelu Lukaku’s opener in opposition to Finland filtered via, however they had been quickly dampened by that objective being dominated out and Russia being awarded a penalty which was slotted house by Artem Dzyuba.
They had been on their toes once more with quarter-hour remaining due to Lukas Hradecky’s personal objective which put Belgium a objective forward and Denmark in second place.
Denmark had been now charging ahead and Safonov needed to pull off three unbelievable saves in fast succession earlier than Christensen rammed house an excellent long-range strike within the 79th minute.
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As the followers, who had made an amazing racket all sport, started their celebrations for making the knockout stage, Denmark ended the group stage in model when Maehle slotted house the fourth three minutes later to finish an ideal night.
The gamers and training employees then all huddled collectively within the centre circle earlier than breaking out into wild celebrations amid implausible cheers from the stands.