Denmark sealed a memorable victory over Russia to leapfrog both Denmark and Russia into second place in Group B at Euro 2020. Belgium did the Denmark side a huge favor after defeating Finland. They qualified for the knockout stages on the same pitch their captain Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest. They put on one of their best performances in recent times.
Mikkel Damsgaard opened the scoring for the Danes in the 38th minute with a strike from the edge of the box. Yussuf Poulsen then doubled the advantage when he latched onto a stray pass from the defender. Artem Dzuba converted from the spot to half the advantage. Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle helped secure a 4-1 victory in their last game to secure a match against Wales in Amsterdam.
Russia: Safonov (6), Dzhikiya (5), Kudryashov (5), Diveev (6), Kuzyaev (3), Golovin (6), Zobnin (5), Ozdoev (5), Fernandes (6), Dzyuba (7), Miranchuk (5).
Subs: Karavaev (5), Sobolev (7), Zhemaletdinov (5), Mukhin (5).
Denmark: Schmeichel (7), Kjaer (7), Christensen (8), Vestergaard (5), Hojbjerg (7), Wass (6), Delaney (6), Maehle (8), Poulsen (8), Braithwaite (7), Damsgaard (8).
Subs: Larsen (6), Dolberg (6), Norgaard (6), Jensen (N/A), Cornelius (N/A)
Man of the Match: Joakim Maehle (Denmark)
Opta stats – A Euros record for Denmark
- Denmark is the first team in European Championship history to reach the knockout stages of the competition having lost their first two group stage games.
- Russia conceded 4+ goals in a major tournament game for only the second time, after losing 4-1 to Spain in the Euro 2008 Group Stages (excluding games as USSR).
- Mikkel Damsgaard has been directly involved in six goals in his five appearances for Denmark in all competitions, scoring three and assisting three.