Euro 2020: Denmark edge past Czech Republic to book place in semi-finals

It is the first time since 1992 that they have gone so deep into the Euros and they believe that they may even have a chance of winning it.

Denmark players celebrate the win against the Czech Republic. (Image: Twitter/UEFA EURO 2020)

Denmark’s fairy tale run in Euro 2020 will continue as they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Saturday. The goalscorers for the side were Kasper Dolberg and Thomas Delaney. Patrick Schick fired in the Czech Republic’s only goal of the match. The Danish team will now travel to Wembley Stadium to take on either England or Ukraine in the semi-finals. It is the first time since 1992 that they have gone so deep into the Euros and Kasper Hjulmand’s boys believe that they may even have a chance of winning the entire thing. However, it will be difficult as they might have to beat the likes of England, Spain, or Italy to claim a historic crown.

Both of Denmark’s goals came in the first half as they were off to a flying start. Thomas Delaney converted one of the first opportunities in the game. A pinpoint corner by Stryger Larsen found the head of an unmarked Delaney. He then headed the ball past the Czech Republic goalkeeper to make it 1-0 in the fifth minute. That early goal was the one that decided the tempo for the rest of the half. The Danes were far superior and they could have ended the match in the first 45 minutes itself.

They were rewarded just before the break for their efforts in the half. Dolberg smashed the ball past the Czech Republic goalkeeper who seemed completely helpless to make it 2-0 in the 42nd minute. By this time, fans had assumed that the game was beyond the reach of the Czech Republic, and rightfully so. Their defence was breached far too easily by the Denmark players and they might have scored even more. Both the sides might be evenly matched on paper but Denmark displayed sheer dominance over the Czech Republic in the first 45 minutes.

FIGHTBACK IN VAIN

What nobody saw coming was a completely different Czech team in the second half. They made two substitutions at the break. Michael Krmencik and Jakub Jankto were brought in for Lukas Masopust and Tomas Holes. The two changes worked wonders as the players were immediately involved in attacking moves. The Czech Republic had a number of chances within the first five minutes of the second half, and might even had equalized had they taken them.

They did pull one goal back in the 49th minute when Schick coolly slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel to throw the game wide open. Had it not been for the Leicester City goalkeeper, the match might have been decided within the 90 minutes.

It was a rather unlucky outing for the Czech Republic players. Despite getting on the scoresheet, Schick did not have a particularly good game. Soucek suffered a head injury in the 63rd minute and required to be bandaged up. Ondrej Celustka also had to be taken off around the same time after suffering what looked like a leg injury.

The Czech Republic desperately tried to equalize until the last moment of the match but it was just not meant to be. Long balls from midfield almost always seemed to miss their targets and the forwards were left frustrated. Denmark, on the other hand, did an exceptional job of keeping their opponents from scoring an equalizer as they had to defend for the most part of the second half.




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