Euro 2020: Denmark get the better of Czech Republic to reach semi-finals
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Euro 2020: Denmark get the better of Czech Republic to reach semi-finals

Baku (Azerbaijan), July 4, 2021

Denmark advanced into the semi-finals at Euro 2020 with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic here to set up a clash with England at London's Wembley Stadium on July 7.

This was Denmark's first quarter-final at the European Championship since 2004.

Denmark opened the scoring five minutes after the start when Thomas Delaney headed home Jens Stryger's corner near the penalty spot on Saturday.

The Czechs then managed to send many free kicks and crosses into the box, but Denmark defended well to maintain the scoreline.

Minutes before the end of the first half, Denmark launched an attack from the left flank with Joakim Maehle running deep to send in a wonderful cross. Kasper Dolberg coolly steered the ball into net to make it 2-0.

The Czech Republic pulled one back four minutes after the interval as centre-forward Patrik Schick tucked Vladimir Coufal's cross into the bottom corner to grab his fifth goal of the tournament.

Denmark still had chances to score late in the second half but Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik made them fruitless with at least two great saves.

However, the 2-1 victory was enough for Denmark to continue their Euro 2020 journey which has been quite emotional and unbelievable.

"We make history that we achieved the semi-final now," Stryger said. "It's been many, many years ago since Denmark was there... We know Denmark is going crazy right now."

The Danes suffered a traumatising moment when midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch due to cardiac arrest in the first half of their first group match against Finland in Copenhagen on June 12.

Denmark chose to resume the game later on but lost to Finland 1-0. Then, they were defeated by Belgium 2-1, but thrashed Russia 4-1 in the last group match to advance into the knock-out stage as the runners-up of Group B.

Prior to the victory over the Czech Republic, Denmark thrashed Wales 4-0 in the round of 16.

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