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Denmark book their last-16 spot at Euro 2020 after thrashing Russia

Denmark made European Championship history as they progress into the knockout rounds with a 4-1 victory against Russia.

Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle were among the goals, while Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty for Russia.

Hojbjerg played the ball into the 20-year-old Sampdoria player 25 yards from goal.

Damsgaard only had one thing on his mind. He took one touch to control the ball and another to take it away from Georgi Dzhikiya.

It created enough space for a shot and Damsgaard executed it perfectly, sending the ball curling and dipping into the top corner.

Safonov threw the ball out to Daler Kuzyaev who played it inside to Zobnin. The Spartak Moscow midfielder didn’t even look as he swung a pass back to his keeper and played it straight to Poulsen who went wide of Safonov and scored in the empty net for his second goal of the tournament.

But Belgium and Finland were still all square and Artem Dzyuba silenced Parken when he pulled one back from the penalty spot after Jannik Vestergaard was penalised by French referee Clement Turpin for fouling Aleksandr Sobolev.

Into minute 79, with the score at 2-1 and the Danes on the brink of confirming second place in Group B at Euro 2020, the ball was frantically cleared by Russia after a double save by Matvei Safonov. Christensen wasn’t even in the camera shot.

Both Andreas Christensen’s thunderous strike and his wild, emotional celebration came from the heart on Monday, as the Chelsea star’s screamer helped send Denmark into the last-16.

Moments later, Hojbjerg led a breakaway and Maehle cut inside to score the fourth and spark a night of celebration.

With Finland losing to Belgium in the other game in Group B, Denmark were able to secure second place because of their huge goal difference.

What a remarkable comeback for Kasper Hjulmand’s team after they suffered defeats to Finland and Russia earlier in the competition.

This is the first time a team has ever survived the group stage despite losing their first two games.

The feat is made all the more impressive by the players overcoming the shock of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest during the clash with Finland.

Christensen paid tribute to the attacking midfielder as he celebrated his goal by holding up his hands to display Eriksen’s shirt number.

 

 

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