After Spain and Italy yesterday, Euro 2020 delivered a third ticket for the semi-finals of the competition. Two surprise teams met, namely the Czech Republic (which eliminated the Netherlands) and Denmark (defender of Wales). In the Olympic Stadium in Baku, the Czechs were betting on continuity. If Jan Boril took the place of Pavel Kaderabek, the ten other elements were the same as against the Netherlands. A 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot made up of Tomas Soucek and Tomas Holes as well as Patrik Schick alone in the lead. For their part, Denmark continued in 3-4-3 with Joakim Maehle and Jens Stryger-Larsen in the lanes and a trio of Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg and Mikkel Damsgaard in front. This match started under the hats of wheels under the impulse of the Danes. Very high on the field thanks to the activity of Joakim Maehle and Jens Stryger-Larsen in the corridors, the selection of Kasper Hjulmand dictated his pace.
Yet the first opportunity was Czech with a strike from Vladimir Coufal blocked by Thomas Delaney (4th). The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was back in his game, because he scored in the wake of a corner from Jens Stryger-Larsen, with a crossed header that left Vaclik no chance (1-0, 5th). Far from stopping there, Denmark got two new opportunities thanks to Kasper Dolberg (9th) and Jannik Vestergaard (10th). The match was very open with Czech counters and Patrik Schick saw his attempt being countered (12th). However, Denmark were sharp and Mikkel Damsgaard played on the defense and Tomas Vaclik to deflect to the empty goal. It took a good return from Vladimir Coufal to save Narodny Tim (13th). Thomas Delaney then hit point blank, but his shot slipped to the right (18th). Leaving spaces behind their backs, the Czech Republic was subject to Danish law and tried to regain some control of the ball. This led in particular to a big opportunity for Tomas Holes, but Kasper Schmeichel intervened (22nd).
The Czechs will have made the Danes doubt!
However, this first period was Danish and Martin Braithwaite still lit a fuse (27th). Jens Stryger Larsen (34th) and Mikkel Damsgaard (38th) got good opportunities on the right, but it was on the left side that the second Danish goal arrived. Joakim Mæhle tumbled down and delivered a sublime cross in front of the goal from the outside of the foot. Kasper Dolberg cut at the far post to score (2-0, 42nd). Leading 2-0 at the break, Denmark had done most of the work. Back from the locker room, the Czech Republic made two changes with the entries of Jakub Jankto and Michael Krmencik. The latter was illustrated with a big entry strike (46th). The revolt was initiated and Antonin Barak also stood out with a nice shot (47th). What was to happen happened and Patrik Schick reduced the score following a nice cross from Vladimir Coufal (2-1, 49th).
It was the Leverkusen striker’s fifth goal in this Euro that tied Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the top scorers table. The Czech Republic insisted and Michael Krmencik was narrowly missing (54th). Under pressure, Denmark slowly came out of the water and regained control. This resulted in a double occasion where Martin Braithwaite and Yussuf Poulsen missed the last gesture (62nd). Bringing a lot since his entry, Yussuf Poulsen stood out with a nice breakthrough, but his shot was too crushed (69th). The Czech Republic did not give up and Jakub Jankto had a big opportunity (72nd). On a free kick, the Czech Republic put the pressure and Kasper Schmeichel pushed back in front of Tomas Soucek (74th). Denmark nevertheless finished strong and Yussuf Poulsen (78th) then Joakim Maehle (82nd) fell on Tomas Vaclik. In the last seconds, Antonin Barak lived up to his name but his heavy shot went to the left of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal (90th +5). Finally, the score did not change and Denmark won 2-1. Kasper Hjuland’s men will challenge the winner of the Ukraine-England match in the semi-finals.
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