Denmark beat Czech Republic to reach Euro 2020 semifinals


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Denmark have reached the semi-final of Euro 2020 after goals by Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg were enough to overcome a strike by in-form Czech marksman Patrik Schick.

The Danes took an early lead in their quarter-final against the Czech Republic in Baku, when Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney headed home from a corner in the fifth minute.

The Danes were unchanged from their 4-0 win over Wales in Amsterdam and looking to secure a semi-final spot at Wembley on July 7, where they could face England.

The Czechs had progressed from England’s group as one of the best third-placed teams and then pulled off a shock victory against 10-man Holland in the last 16, but were unsettled by going behind so early.

Mikkel Damsgaard almost celebrated his 21st birthday with a goal when breaking into the penalty area and taking the ball around the goalkeeper, but his effort was cleared off the line before Delaney sent a scuffed shot wide.

At the other end, Tomas Holes forced a smart save from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from an angled shot – but it was Denmark who went 2-0 up just before half-time when Kasper Dolberg volleyed in a wonderful left-wing cross from Joakim Maehle.

Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy made two changes for the second half, with Michael Krmencik and Jakub Jankto replacing Holes and Lukas Masopust.

Schmeichel parried away a 25-yard effort from Krmencik and then saved Antonin Barak’s effort.

Patrik Schick pulled a goal back in the 49th minute, converting a cross from Vladimir Coufal to take his tournament tally to five.

Denmark substitute Yussuf Poulsen forced two decent stops from Tomas Vaclik, who also stuck out a boot to deny Maehle at the near post.

However, neither side could find another goal as Denmark held out to book their place in the semi-finals.

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