Euro 2020: Denmark take on favourites Belgium in must-win game

Belgium travel to Copenhagen after a 3-0 win against Russia in their opening match, whereas Denmark lost to Finland courtesy of a solitary goal.

Belgium national team during a practice session ahead of their Euro 2020 match against Denmark; Credit: Twitter/@BelRedDevils

Denmark will take on Belgium at the Parken stadium in the Euro 2020 Group B fixture on Thursday. Belgium are coming into the match after a convincing 3-0 victory against Russia in their first match of Euro 2020. Denmark lost to Finland 1-0 in a match that witnessed Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest.

Denmark lost his first match courtesy of Joel Pohjanpalo’s winner after the restart. The match got called off after the unfortunate incident. However, later it was restarted after consultation with both teams as Eriksen was declared safe by the medical team.

Belgium on the other hand, convincingly beat Russia courtesy of a brace from Romelu Lukaku. The Inter Milan striker paid a fitting tribute to his club teammate Eriksen after scoring the first goal in the 10th minute. Right back Thomas Meunier extended the lead with a simple tap-in before providing an assist for Lukaku’s second of the night.

The Red Devils will be the stronger of the two teams going into Copenhagen. They got the better of Denmark in the last two meetings in the Nations League campaign. Meanwhile, world’s number one ranked national football team is unbeaten in 10 games heading into the contest.

A win today will make Belgium the second team to qualify for last 16 after Italy booked a place in the knockout stage last night. Whereas a second consecutive loss will be a huge blow to Denmark’s hopes of going through.

Team news for key Euro 2020 clash

Brentford’s Mathias Jensen is likely to replace Christian Eriksen in the starting XI. Meanwhile Kasper Hjulmand is unlikely to make any other changes to the team that started against Finland. The Dane’s normally play with a 4-3-3 formation with Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmiechel occupying the goal. Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen and AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer are the two central defenders.

The wing-back position will be occupied by Daniel Wass and Joakim Maehle. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney are likely to keep their place in midfield. Meanwhile Hjulmand has some options in the form of Andreas Cornelius and Kasper Dolberg, who could replace last matches front three- Yussuf Poulsen, Martin Brathwaite or Jonas Wind.

Belgium on the other hand have some injury issues with Castagne ruled out of the tournament after a clash of heads in the previous game that left him with facial fractures. Therefore Thomas Meunier will replace Castagne at the right-wing-back.

Vertonghen might be rested on Thursday after taking a knock on his ankle in the last match. Which means Thomas Vermaelen is likely to come in the back three alongside Alderweireld and Dedryck Boyata. Meanwhile Thorgan Hazard will be the other wing-back.

Dendoncker and Tielemans are going to be the two midfielders with Tielemans playing a slightly advanced role. Carrasco, Lukaku and Mertens will form the front three. Eden Hazard who came off the bench for the last 20 minutes is likely to get more game time this time around.

Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne could come into the squad as the Manchester City midfielder is recovering well from his injury. Defensive midfielder Axel Witsel is reported to have recovered from his achilles injury and is likely to get some game time.

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