The English group stage started with a 1-0 win over Croatia, then a goalless draw with Scotland and a 1-0 win with the Czech Republic. The results did not leave a great impression. The 1/8 final match with Germany was a serious test.
Gareth Southgate’s players overtook it, winning 2-0. Then came the confrontation with the easier competitor in theory. The meeting with Ukraine turned out to be an extraordinary one-sided spectacle.
England are in the semi-finals of the European Championship for the first time since 1996, when they were knocked out on penalties against Germany at this stage. You never played in the final. The only victory in a major event was in 1966, when she won the world championship. – We want to go down in history. That’s all we care about,” defender Kieran Trippier confirmed.
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England missed a huge chance for success three years ago. Then in the semi-finals of the World Championships, she lost to Croatia 1-2 after extra time, and in the match for third place she lost to Belgium 0-2. The defeat against Croatia was painful. We are a much better team now. Harry Maguire’s stopwatch has confirmed, we have to make sure the script doesn’t repeat itself.
For Denmark, the Euro started dramatically – with Christian Eriksen’s heart attack in the match against Finland (0:1). Later, the team surrendered to Belgium 1-2 and the situation with the promotion to the knockout stage became difficult.
But Denmark woke up. She finished the group stage with a 4: 1 victory over Russia, and in the finals 1/8 crushed Wales 4: 0. They did not play spectacularly in the quarter-finals, but in the end they beat the Czech Republic with confidence 2: 1. – During the match with the Czech Republic, we already lacked Power. The bakery was emptied. However, we will be ready for England. We know that this is a strong team that will play at home. At the same time, we believe in ourselves. We have had good experiences with England,” said coach Kasper Hjolmand.
England and Denmark most recently faced the League of Nations in September and October 2020. In Copenhagen it was 0-0 and in London Denmark won 1-0 after Eriksen’s penalty. Denmark has been the unexpected European champion since 1992.
Anglia: Jordan Pickford – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Declan Rice, Calvin Phillips, Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling – Harry Kane.
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel – Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Yannick Westergaard – Jens Streiger-Larsen, Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Thomas Delaney, Joachim Mahle – Martin Braithwaite, Joseph Poulsen, Mikkel Damsgaard.
Judge: Danny McKelley (Netherlands)
Live coverage of the England – Denmark match on Polsatsport.pl. Starting at 21:00.
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