Denmark caught on with a great game to vindicate themselves and sweep Russia, which they submitted with great goals and splendid football. The Danes, with this great triumph, reach second place in Group B and will play the round of 16 against Wales, next Saturday in Amsterdam. Russia, which was worth the tie, collapsed and is eliminated as the last of the group. Denmark was a cyclone that washed away and the Russians helped with some terrible errors in defense. In any case, the Danish display was fantastic, scaring away the ghosts that have accompanied him in this European Championship with his two previous defeats against Finland and Belgium.
Denmark, therefore, rebelled against his bad luck in a tournament that eluded him. The zero points that the Danes treasured before the start of the clash against Russia did not correspond to their game or their dedication to the attack game. Denmark also shed the sadness that has accompanied it since the Eriksen incident, showing Europe that it has the football and players to go further in the tournament. Russia, for its part, knew that the draw was worth it and the fact of enjoying that advantage can sometimes turn into an inconvenience. Especially when it makes a team go too far behind.
Denmark’s dominance was evident from minute one. The ball was under Danish command, although in the first section of the match this control was hardly reflected in dangerous approaches to the rival goal. Russia defended well, with Mario Fernandes recovered after his spectacular fall, and the intention of playing on the nerves of the locals, who only served the victory. The plan could have gone very well when Golovin played a game in a counterattack that culminated in a shot that Schmeichel took very well. Denmark accentuated its dominance after this scare, achieving a rhythm of intimidation and encirclement over the area of Russia that sooner or later had to pay off. A filtered pass to the back of the Russian pivots was very well used by Damsgaard. The Sampdoria midfielder scored with a fantastic shot that surprised Safonov. The beauty of the Dry leaf of the Danish provoked an outburst of jubilation from the faithful Danish fans, in need of happiness. At just 20 years old, Damsgaard is a very interesting footballer.
Denmark’s review of Russia in the second half was final. Guided by a huge Maehle on the wing and the strength of their midfielders, the Danes were accumulating arrivals and goals, such as those of Christensen and Maehle himself, which unraveled a bewildered Russian team, unable to take advantage of the momentum of the penalty scored by Dzyuba to place a 1-2 that lasted a sigh. Russia could not maintain the level that it raised in the last World Cup until reaching the quarterfinals in their country.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.