REPORT: Denmark produced a scintillating performance to book a spot in the last 16 of Euro 2020 following a rampant 4-1 victory over Russia in Copenhagen.
- 2nd Half
- Dzyuba (P)70'
- WassStryger Larsen60'
- 1st Half
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Russia 1-4 Denmark. The Danes produce a stunning display to somehow finish second in Group B and claim a spot in the last 16 at Euro 2020.
Three minutes added.
Every Danish pass is being gleefully cheered. What a performance.
As it stands: Belgium 9 pts, Denmark 3pts, Finland 3 pts, Russia 3pts.
- OffThomas DelaneyDenmark
- OnMathias JensenDenmark
DENMARK CHANGE: M.Jensen on.
- OffMartin BraithwaiteDenmark
- OnAndreas CorneliusDenmark
DENMARK CHANGE: Cornelius on.
LATEST: Belgium 2-0 Finland. Lukaku.
This is quite incredible from Denmark. After everything that happened with Eriksen, they are defying the odds to make the last 16 it seems.
- GoalJoakim MæhleDenmark
GOAL! Denmark break at speed. It's played to Joakim Maehle who races away before composing himself and firing a low shot into the corner.
As it stands, Denmark are second in Group B.
- GoalAndreas ChristensenDenmark
GOAL! Christensen rifles a 25-yard thunderbolt beyond Safonov after the Russia keeper had made a flurry of fines saves to initially keep the Danes at bay.
LATEST: Belgium 1-0 Finland. This time it does count.
- Yellow cardIgor DiveyevRussia
Safonov really struggles with bodies packed around him as he tries to punch a left-wing corner clear. It bounces around dangerously in that area, but the Russians somehow survive the scramble.
- OffMikkel DamsgaardDenmark
- OnChristian NørgaardDenmark
DENMARK CHANGE: Norgaard on.
STAT: Dzyuba now has 30 international goals and has equalled Aleksandr Kerzhakov as Russia's all-time top scorer.
- Goal by penaltyArtem DzyubaRussia
GOAL! Dzyuba steps up and coolly fires down the middle with Schmeichel diving out of the way.
PENALTY TO RUSSIA! Sobolev pulled down in the area. Meanwhile, Lukaku's goal has been chalked off by VAR for Belgium. Still 0-0 there.
- OffFedor KudryashovRussia
- OnVyacheslav KaravaevRussia
RUSSIA CHANGE: Karavayev on.
- OffDaler KuzyaevRussia
- OnMaxim MukhinRussia
RUSSIA CHANGE: Mukhin on.
LATEST: Belgium 1-0 Finland. Lukaku.
Almost three. Brathwaite lays the ball to Dolberg who just needs to touch and shoot, but he takes far too long and a desperate challenge denies him.
Denmark are pushing for a third. Russia desperately need to clear their heads and regroup here before their hopes are completely blown away.
- OffAleksey MiranchukRussia
- OnAleksandr SobolevRussia
RUSSIA CHANGE: Sobolev ON.
- OffMagomed OzdoevRussia
- OnRifat ZhemaletdinovRussia
RUSSIA CHANGE: Zhemaletdinov ON.
- OffDaniel WassDenmark
- OnJens Stryger LarsenDenmark
DENMARK CHANGE: Larsen on for Wass.
- OffYussuf PoulsenDenmark
- OnKasper DolbergDenmark
DENMARK CHANGE: Dolberg on for Poulsen.
- GoalYussuf PoulsenDenmark
GOAL! It's two and it's a howler for Russia. Poulsen is perfectly placed to seize upon a blind back pass and took the ball into an all-but empty net with Safonov out of position.
- Yellow cardThomas DelaneyDenmark
Poulsen drifts into space on the left. He has time to assess his options before cutting inside and fizzing in a shot that is well blocked.
Højbjerg clips a wonderful ball towards the run of Wass on the right of the area. He hooks a sublime pass into the path of Braithwaite, whose touch is too heavy and the chance goes begging. He should have hit that first time.
Højbjerg is sporting a bandage around his forehand after a clash of heads. He's already right back in the middle of it all. Denmark want this badly.
STAT: Damsgaard is the first ever player born in the 21st century to score at the EUROs.
Russia have come out and tried to camp in the Denmark half. Already they are showing much more intent than in the first period.
VIDEO: Damsgaard's opener.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Denmark get us back underway.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Russia 0-1 Denmark.
That means that as it stands, Russia are heading home.
AS IT STANDS in GROUP B: Belgium 7pts, Finland 4pts, Denmark 3pts, Russia 3pts.
CLOSE! It's almost two as Delaney is a whisker away from getting a touch to Vestergaard's header back across goal.
The Danes needed a moment of magic and boy did they get it there.
- GoalMikkel DamsgaardDenmark
GOAL! Damsgaard takes a pass in a central area, turns to his right and whips a wonderful 25-yard effort into the corner with Safonov rooted to the spot.
Excellent defending at the back for Russia as Denmark finally get in-behind. The Danes raid down both flanks and send in testing deliveries, particularly through Maehle on the left, but no-one can get on the end of them.
Golovin arrives on cue to tee up Dzyuba's knock down but ends up slamming it way over the crossbar from 25 yards out. He turns away in disgust. Not one of his finest attempts!
CLOSE! Højbjerg lets fly with a superb 25-yard drive that flashes just past the post.
- Yellow cardFedor KudryashovRussia
Kudryashov booked for what could only be called an aerial body-check on Wass as the Denmark man rose to flick a header on in the midfield.
STAT: Russia are bidding to win back-to-back games at the European Championship for the first time since they won three on the spin at Euro 2008.
VIDEO: Golovin goes close.
Agree with this.
Dzyuba spins off his marker, turns neatly but rifles off target. That's much better from Russia. They've been passive for a large chunk of this opening spell but have now had two incisive attacks. The Danes have been on the front foot but have failed to trouble Safonov.
Golovin suddenly bursts into life for Russia. He surges through the midfield and drifts beyond a challenge before hitting a 15-yard shot that Schmeichel blocks with his legs.
Denmark probe from side to side but end up having to go all the way back to Schmeichel.
A diagonal ball from deep searches for the run of Thomas Delaney but Miranchuk comes across to deny the Danish midfielder as he threatened to make inroads on the right side of the Russia area.
Safonov comes charging out of his area and screams at his defenders to get out of the way. He then proceeds to knee it out of play to ironic cheers from the crowd.
Denmark are making the early running here but there's been little of note in the attacking third as of yet.
We'll obviously be keeping tabs on Finland v Belgium and provide updates from that encounter. Indeed, the calculator will be out to work out any tricky permutations if need be!
DID YOU KNOW? Russia have lost their final group stage match in three of their last four appearances at a major tournament, last winning against Sweden at Euro 2008.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Russia get us underway.
CONTRASTING DANISH STATS: Denmark have only won two of their last 12 tournament matches at the EUROS (W2 D2 L8). However, the Danes have lost just four of their last 30 international matches in total (W17 D9 L4).
Simon Kjaer: "It is our mission to go out and ensure that we get through and I think we deserve it. The pressure, the expectations – we thrive under them. That is why we play football. There have been moments where we were under pressure, but we rose to the challenge, and we have to do that again."
Russia’s coach, Stanislav Cherchesov: "This is going to be our first away game in two major tournaments, and without our fans. However, it's not a problem. We haven’t used the word 'problem' for the past five years. It's just a situation, and we know how to deal with it. Our task is to do our job well and get the result."
Daler Kuzyayev: "I am more than sure that Denmark will put us under enormous pressure from the off, they'll have more possession and attack. But we are ready for this, ready to fight them back, we will stick to our tactics. Everyone understands that there may not be many opportunities, so it is necessary to make most of them."
Kasper Hjulmand: "No matter what, we shall go out there and try to win the match on Monday. It is going to be an unbelievably hard match against Russia. They are a good team. They are coming to Parken [Stadium] with a result they can use for something. We shouldn't force anything. We all know how hard it is to force things, and we should keep a level head and avoid mistakes. It is going to be a good, long game again."
OTHER GROUP B PERMUTATIONS: Belgium are through and just need a draw to finish top of the pile. Russia will go through if they defeat the Danes or if they draw and Finland don’t win against Belgium. The Finns will reach the last 16 if they win, or if they draw and Denmark triumph v Russia. All clear with that?
Denmark's Euros have obviously been overshadowed by what happened to Christian Eriksen. The Danes can still finish second in the pool if they beat Russia (and the goals column works in their favour) and Finland lose to Belgium - but whatever happens, the real heroes of their campaign will be the medics who saved Eriksen's life.
A snippet of pre-match atmosphere.
Denmark are unchanged from the defeat to Belgium which means it's likely to be a 3-4-3 system with Christensen, Kjaer and Vestergaard at the back.
CONFIRMED STARTING XIs - RUSSIA: Safonov, Kudrjasov, Diveev, Dzhikiya, Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Kuzyayev, Miranchuk, Golovin, Dzyuba /// DENMARK: Schmeichel, Maehle, Kjær, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wass, Højbjerg, Delaney, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Damsgaard.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Euro 2020 encounter between Russia and Denmark in Copenhagen. Both sides remain in the hunt to reach the last 16 with Group B finely poised, but the Danes know they must win having lost their first two matches. Kick off 20.00 BST.