WILL EVANS breaks down the European Championships semi-final between fairytale-chasing England and harmful outsiders Denmark.
05:00 (AEST), Thu eighth Jul @ Wembley Stadium, London
Historical past: Performed 21: England 12 V Denmark 4 (5 Attracts)
Final assembly: October 14, 2020 (UEFA Nations League): Denmark 1 d England 0 at Wembley Stadium
Last Ideas: England are simply two wins away from their first main match success for the reason that 1966 World Cup. The perennial underachievers have appeared higher and higher because the European Championships have worn on – however semi-final opponents Denmark will revel of their underdog standing.
England topped Group D with 1-0 wins over Croatia and Czech Republic – with Raheem Sterling scoring the decisive aim in each – both facet of a scoreless stalemate in opposition to Scotland. However the Three Lions gathered momentum with a 2-0 defeat of Germany within the Spherical of 16 as Sterling and Harry Kane discovered second-half objectives.
The hopes of a long-suffering soccer nation went into overdrive following England’s 4-0 quarter-final rout of Ukraine. Kane scored a aim in every half, whereas Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson additionally scored after the break. England’s assault is enhancing with every match, however 5 straight clear sheets has underpinned the success of Gareth Southgate’s line-up.
Denmark squeaked by from Group B regardless of shedding two pool matches. After losses to Finland (1-0) and Belgium (2-1), a 4-1 thrashing of Russia acquired The Purple and White by on aim differential.
However they’ve used the terrifying cardiac arrest suffered by star midfielder Christian Eriksen in opposition to Finlanad as inspiration. They demolished Wales 4-0 within the Spherical of 16 on the again of a Kasper Dolberg brace. Dolberg opened the scoring once more within the quarter-finals as Denmark outlasted Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.
Denmark holds rivalry edge
England is winless of their final 4 aggressive matches in opposition to Denmark. In final yr’s UEFA Nations League, the groups performed out a scoreless attract Copenhagen earlier than a Christian Eriksen penalty secured a 1-0 victory for the Danes at Wembley.
England’s final win over Denmark was on the 2002 World Cup. The nations final squared off on the Euros in 1992, a scoreless draw within the group stage of a match Denmark went on to win. All seven earlier England-Denmark clashes at Wembley completed with 1-0 scorelines. England have received 5 to Denmark’s two on the hallowed London venue.
That is Denmark’s largest fixture since that watershed ’92 success. England have a traumatic historical past of semi-final losses since profitable the ’66 World Cup, shedding one recreation in need of the ultimate within the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the 1968 and 1996 Euros.
All of the stress is on England, notably in entrance of a house crowd. However they’ve dealt with it extraordinarily nicely to this point and have a big edge on Denmark form-wise.
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