Things get intense in Group B where Russia need to avoid defeat in order to qualify for the Round of 16, while Denmark will need to win at all costs and hope on the Belgians to get them through.
European Championship 2020
Date : Monday, 21 June 2021
Kick-off : 8 PM BST
Venue : Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Second place in Group B is up for grabs as Russia, Finland and Denmark fight it out to qualify for the round of 16.
Russia had a shaky start to their Euro 2020 campaign after going down 3-0 to Belgium in their opening game. The damage was somewhat repaired in the second games as Russia managed to edge out a 1-0 win against Finland, thanks to Aleksei Miranchuk’s wonderful finish in the first half. Russia are now in the driving seat to qualify for the round of 16 with them requiring to avoid defeat in order to get through.
Denmark, meanwhile, have gone through a terrible last few days following the heartbreaking incident with Christian Eriksen in their opening game. The Danes lost their first game 1-0 to Finland and despite starting the second game with an early goal by Yussuf Poulsen in a emotional contest, Denmark fell victim to a second-half masterclass by Kevin De Bruyne. Unfortunately for Denmark, they don’t have destiny in their own hands and will have to win their final game against Russia and hope for Belgium to defeat Finland in order to qualify for the round of 16.
Mario Fernandes remains a doubt after he had a nasty fall on his back against Finland.
Christian Eriksen remains unavailable after the Inter Milan midfielder sustained a cardiac arrest in the opening game against Finland.
• Before this encounter, Russia and Denmark have met only once back in February 2012 where the Russians won 2-0.
• Russia have lost their final group games in three of their last four major tournaments (D1), last winning against Sweden in Euro 2008.
• Denmark have suffered defeat in each of their two group stage games in Euro 2020. They have twice previously lost all three of their group games in a European Championship tournament, doing so at Euro 1988 and Euro 2000.
Russia (last five games) : W/L/W/D/L
Denmark (last five games) : L/L/W/D/W
Russia look the more favorable team on paper after their win against Finland but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story as Russia managed to turn over a poor affair with a bit of brilliance from Miranchuk. Meanwhile, Denmark have the home advantage despite being the away team and the Danes have played some good football which they have been unable to convert into results. However, after some great news regarding Christian Eriksen’s departure from the hospital, the players can now fully focus on their final group game and hopefully win it for their team-mate.
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