Denmark dreaming of 1992 repeat but facing dangerous Czech side
Denmark will be imagining following in the steps of the side who declared a shock European title in 1992, however standing in their method of a semi-final location at Euro 2020 on Saturday are the Czech Republic, who have actually sent them loading previously.
The Danes remained in threat of an early exit after group-stage losses to Finland and Belgium, the very first of which was eclipsed by star gamer Christian Eriksen suffering a heart attack on the pitch.
However, roared on by a raucous Copenhagen crowd, they surged Russia 4-1 to end up 2nd in Group B, prior to taking a trip to Amsterdam to thump Wales 4-0 in the last 16.
Denmark have actually not reached a significant competition semi-final given that raising the prize 29 years earlier, when they at first stopped working to certify however were late replacements for Yugoslavia.
“It’s a chance that we might never have again,” coach Kasper Hjulmand stated ahead of Saturday’s last-eight match versus the Czechs in Baku.
“It’s many years’ work for lots of people. We want to make the most of this chance.”
The Scandinavians have actually gone from strength to strength in the competition and understand success in Azerbaijan would establish a last-four conference with either England or Ukraine at Wembley.
Child Mikkel Damsgaard has actually shone given that filling in Eriksen in the 2nd group match, scoring a terrific opening objective versus Russia.
“The match against Wales was the biggest of my career,” he stated.
“The next match will be the biggest match I have ever played, so it’s getting even crazier all the time for me.”
Hjulmand is anticipated to have a complete team to pick from, with the exception of Eriksen, although RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen might just be fit enough to bet an hour.
The last time Denmark reached a significant quarter-final was at Euro 2004, where they were beaten 3-0 by a Czech Republic side motivated by Pavel Nedved and 2 objectives for Milan Baros.
“I had a really bad experience watching the match at Copenhagen Town Hall Square,” Danish protector Mathias Jorgensen informed uefa.com.
“At the time, we all believed we would easily get past them. And that turned into an awful and, as I remember, rainy day in Copenhagen.”
– Czechs upset about Baku journey –
The Czechs produced an exceptional display screen to beat the 10-man Netherlands 2-0 in Budapest last time out, however have actually revealed their disappointments about needing to play in Baku.
A jam-packed Puskas Arena, consisting of 7,000 Czech fans, saw them beat the Dutch, however it will be even more tough for fans to take a trip to the Azerbaijani capital.
“You fly a distance like this to Baku only to play in front of an empty stadium, now that we saw the atmosphere in Budapest,” stated midfielder Petr Sevcik.
“We are all sad about it. But that’s how things are this year, we can’t do anything about it.”
Jaroslav Silhavy’s males have actually reached the last 8 at a significant champion for the very first time given that 2004, when they lost to Greece in the semis, by yielding just 2 objectives in 4 video games while counting on in-form striker Patrik Schick.
The Bayer Leverkusen male has actually netted 4 times currently, consisting of among the all-time fantastic Euro objectives versus Scotland, to sit simply one behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot.
Schick is the only gamer still in the competition to have actually scored 4 objectives or more and is intending to end up being the 2nd Czech, after Baros, to end up as European Champion top-scorer.
“Of course we would like Pata to win the Golden Boot. We’ll do our best to help him,” Sevcik stated.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.