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Denmark vs England, key matches before the semifinal

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With the quarter-finals done and dusted off, Euro 2020 moves into its semi-finals, beginning with a high-profile clash between Italy and Spain on Tuesday at Wembley in London. 24 hours later, a delicious clash awaits in the same place where heavyweights England face a spirited Denmark in the other semi-final match.

England, a pre-tournament favorite mainly because of the amount of talent their squad possessed, have been criticized for their defensive playing style, but manager Gareth Southgate has silenced them all with a near-flawless campaign, which he has not conceded. a goal. goal still throughout the tournament.

Their 2-0 victory over Germany in the round of 16 showed a sense of courage and determination as they stood their ground against an extremely talented German team as they displayed their ruthlessness against Ukraine as they brought down Zbirna 4-0 in the quarter-finals.

Denmark, on the other hand, have magnificently turned their lows into highs and have become everyone’s second team with their inspiring performances since the unfortunate incident involving Christian Eriksen in the first group stage match.

Since then, they have demolished Russia 4-1 in the final match of the group stage, remained the same in the round of 16 match, where they recorded a 4-0 win over Wales and showed the strength for which they were known in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic. when they reached the semifinal with a close 2-1 victory.

And although the Three Lions enter the tie as favorites, without a doubt the match will be close and we, in FootTheBall, have compiled three key individual matchups that can significantly affect the outcome of Monday’s game.


Mikkel Damsgaard, one of Denmark’s fit players, has taken on the responsibility of being the main creator of this Denmark team in Christian Eriksen’s and has exceeded the expectations of all spectators with his dazzling performances.

Although he failed to directly impact Denmark in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic, he showed another side of his game, running behind defenders and catching passes from deep, which can be dangerous for the left side of the goal. . England and, most importantly, Harry Maguire.

The Manchester United captain has been a colossus on England’s back and will be full of confidence after scoring a goal against Ukraine. But he and Luke Shaw should be aware of the threat Damsgaard poses on their side of the defense.

Aerially there is no better defender than Maguire in this tournament, tackling Damsgaard’s difficult skills and feet will be the test for Maguire, and his defense as a wrong move could prove costly for England.


With rumors about his future mounting as the euros began, it seemed like Harry Kane was putting a load on his shoulders as he failed to score a single time in all three group stage matches.

He finally broke the drought by scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Germany in the round of 16 and then scoring another two against Ukraine and has not only rejuvenated himself but also the hopes of the squad and its fans. . you now have your talisman in shape and firing at the right time.

And preventing the England forward from having an impact falls on the shoulders of the entire Denmark defense, but more so on their captain Simon Kjaer. The AC Milan defender has been a true leader in every way since the start of the tournament and he will have to do the same against England as he will have to organize his defense with full concentration.

Since Kane isn’t your typical physical number 9, as he tends to drop deep and hit the play, Kjaer will need to have the right mindset of when to fold and when to hold his line. Because, if there is a mistake, the rest of the attackers in the English squad are more than capable of punishing in seconds.


After his first quarter-final start against Ukraine, Jadon Sancho looks confident that he will keep his place ahead of Bukayo Saka, the man he replaced as he was. suffering a blow. The performance displayed by the newly signed Manchester United winger was remarkable, as he was a thorn in the Ukrainian defense, as he switched flanks at will and advanced with intention.

But on Wednesday, he will have to control his future vision a bit and help right-back Kyle Walker deal with Joakim Maehle, who has probably been Denmark’s player of the tournament.

The Atalanta star, who is predominantly a right back, has performed for the Danes on the opposite flank and produced performances that can be seen as a game changer in the team’s victories.

On Wednesday, however, he will have to do a little more defense than usual as he will face Sancho on the left side in defense of Denmark and there are not many difficult wingers than the England superstar. Maehle needs to know when to venture forward and will certainly need Jannik Vestergaard’s support, but his attacking outs could be enough to overshadow his defensive side.

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