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Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, European Championships 4 Jul 2021

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Euro 2020 has already produced some sensational moments over the course of the last few weeks and last night, we had two more fascinating games to enjoy with one of them being Czech Republic vs Denmark. It proved to be quite an eventful and tense affair but in the end, the Danes walked away as the 2-1 victors to cement their place in the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.

Danish determination

Denmark had to endure heartache in their first game of the Euros as a result of Christian Eriksen’s collapse. Alas, instead of hiding away from what happened, they used it as motivation to win their final fixture in the group stage and kickstart their journey to the final four. Nobody thought they’d be able to get this far but they’ve managed to do it, and it truly will be remarkable to see where they go from here – regardless of whether or not they win again.

A proud run for the Czechs

Patrik Schick scored again to put himself in the running to win the Golden Boot, but it wasn’t quite enough for a determined Czech Republic side that went a whole lot further than most folks thought they would. They’re in an incredibly strong position moving forward courtesy of what they were able to achieve here, and qualification for the 2022 World Cup no longer seems like an “out there” possibility. They need to have a clear mind and positive outlook because they’ve earned it.

England await

England at Wembley are going to be the favourites against just about anyone and that’ll be no different for Denmark on Wednesday night. Still, if there’s ever going to be an underdog team that comes in and completely changes the status quo, it’ll be them.

Kasper Schmeichel will be prepared to have the best game of his life against a collection of players who he’s come up against on multiple occasions. The rest of the team, of course, won’t need any added motivation whatsoever, which is what makes this as exciting as it is unpredictable with the game now being just a few short days away.

Match Report

Czech Republic: Vaclik (6.5), Boril (6.5), Kalas (6.5), Celustka (6), Coufal (8), Soucek (7), Holes (6.5), Sevcik (5), Barak (6.5), Masopust (6), Schick (7.5), Jankto (6), Krmencik (6.5), Darida (6), Vydra (6), Brabec (6)

Denmark: Schmeichel (7), Christensen (7), Kjaer (7), Vestergaard (7), Larsen (7), Hojbjerg (7), Delaney (8.5) Mæhle (7), Damsgaard (7), Braithwaite (6.5), Dolberg (7.5), Jensen (6), Andersen (6), Poulsen (7), Norgaard (6.5), Wass (6.5)

Referee: Björn Kuipers

Goals: Schick :: Delaney, Dolberg

Yellow Cards: Kalas, Krmencik

Red Cards: N/A


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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