Euro 2020: Copenhagen Miracle Sends Denmark To Round 16; Austria Secures Passage As Well


Euro 2020: Copenhagen Miracle Sends Denmark To Round 16; Austria Secures Passage As Well

By Omolagba Oluwayemi

The shadow of Christian Eriksen sprawled long over the Denmark-Russia game in Copenhagen on Tuesday, reports.

Denmark, who were left shaken after Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch a few weeks earlier, needed something of a miracle to advance to the rounds of 16. To have any chance of going through, Denmark needed Belgium to win against Finland, and an emphatic victory for themselves and happened the exact way.

Denmark smashed Russia 4-1, starting with a screamer from Mikkel Damsgaard (ironically the Eriksen replacement) and goals each from Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle. Belgium, in the end, beat Finland 2-0. Denmark, Finland and Russia all finished Group B on three points, behind Belgium, but the Danes edged through on goal difference and can now look forward to taking on Wales in Amsterdam in the coming round.

Dutch captain and Paris Saint-Germain new signing, Georginio Wijnaldum scores brace at the Johan Cruyff Arena as Netherlands beat North Macedonia 3-0 to complete a perfect group stage.

Memphis Depay, fresh from sealing a transfer of his own to Barcelona, opened the scoring for the Dutch and as could as well claim assists for both of Wijnaldum’s goals as Frank de Boer’s side made it nine points out of nine in Group C.

Austria edged to a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Monday to beat their opponents to a spot in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Christoph Baumgartner’s 21st-minute goal proved enough for Austria to secure second place in Group C behind the Netherlands, who saw off North Macedonia 3-0 in a dead rubber in Amsterdam.

Italy, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria are through to the rounds of 16.

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