The second set of quarter-final matches were played on Saturday as Denmark faced the Czech Republic for the first time of the day and Ukraine were up against England. The day did not disappoint as both of the games provided the fans with an action-packed spectacle. Here’s a round-up of the day’s events.
Denmark vs Czech Republic – Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
A crowd of 16306 were in Baku to watch the first game of the day. Denmark went into the game having held a 1-0 half-time lead in their last 3 matches. This time there was more of an intensity to Kasper Hjulmand’s side as Denmark took an early lead and then continued to press high up the field.
Thomas Delaney scored the first goal for the Danes in just the 5th minute. Denmark never stopped attacking the Czech defense as they went in search of a second goal. The goal came 3 minutes before half-time when Kasper Dolberg stroked home from a terrific Joakim Maehle cross. It was 2-0 at half-time and Denmark looked to be cruising to an easy victory.
The break did the Czech Republic good as they came flying out of the traps. Just 4 minutes into the second half, Patrik Schick continued his rich scoring vein as he steered home from a Vladimir Coufal cross.
The Danish rearguard held firm throughout a tough second period. Poulsen and Maehle came close to adding a third for Denmark, but it wasn’t needed as it happened as Denmark were able to book their ticket to the Semi-Final.
England Now the Favourites to Win Euro 2020!
That performance, and the subsequent tie it has set up with Denmark, means that England are now the outright favorites to win the trophy. They are at 6/4 with many online bookmakers, and it is hard to argue against those odds.
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If you fancy Denmark to cause an upset, you can get them at 11/4 with many leading UK bookmakers. As for the other semi-final, this is much harder to call. Both are given similar odds on victory!
Ukraine vs England – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
This was arguably going to be Ukraine’s toughest test so far in this tournament. England were going into the match having not conceded a goal in any of their matches so far. A crowd of 11880 were unknowingly about to witness pure domination from England.
England started the match emphatically as Harry Kane latched on to a terrific Raheem Sterling pass to take a lead after just 4 minutes.
England were tested just once before half-time, with Jordan Pickford denying Roman Yaremchuk, following a Kyle Walker error. England went into the break with a 1-0 lead, but Gareth Southgate would not have been happy that England were unable to be in a more comfortable position.
It appears that Southgate managed to get his message across as England scored just a minute after half-time. They were now in cruise control and if Ukraine were going to get anything from this game, they would have to come and try to attack England.
This played into England’s hands as they were able to pick apart a weary Ukraine side. Luke Shaw set up Kane for his second of the night to make it 3 and that was followed up by a Henderson goal to secure an emphatic 4-0 victory for England.
England will now face Denmark in the Semi-Final at Wembley on Wednesday evening. The hosts will surely be favorites, but they will not be taking the threat of Denmark lightly. They will know having seen France eliminated as favorites, and victors of a hyped group of death, that there are no easy games in football!