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        Denmark held by insipid England

        Denmark held by insipid England

        2024/06/20 19:16

        Denmark kept their hopes of Round of 16 qualification alive but they will surely feel frustrated to have missed an opportunity to take three points against an insipid England side. 


        DEN XI: Schmeichel*; Andersen, Christensen, Vestergaard; Maehle, Hjulmand, Hojbjerg, Kristiansen; Eriksen; Wind, Hojlund

        DEN SUBS: Hermansen, Ronnow, Kjaer, Jorgensen, Bah, Kristensen, Norgaard, Jensen, Damsgaard, Bruun Larsen, Skov Olsen, Dreyer, Poulsen, Dolberg

        ENG XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane*

        ENG SUBS: Henderson, Ramsdale, Dunk, Konsa, Gomez, Wharton, Mainoo, Gallagher, Eze, Palmer, Bowen, Gordon, Watkins, Toney

        Action: The opening exchanges were quite representative of how the match itself unfolded with an array of misplaced passes, badly timed runs and a general lack of competence from the England up against a tenacious but still toothless Danish side.

        After 18 minutes, the Three Lions took an undeserved lead when Jude Bellingham’s wayward pass was seemingly intercepted by Victor Kristiansen but the Bologna full-back dithered and was unaware of the searing pace of Kyle Walker behind him and the Manchester City captain nipped in to drive into the box. 

        Walker, caught in about three minds, didn’t do much with it but did manage to shuffle the ball across and some disorganised Danish defending allowed it to pop up to England captain Harry Kane and he, with his left foot, placed into the bottom corner to score his 13th tournament goal for his country. 

        Denmark, though, came right back into the game and were well on top for large parts with a few scares for England via the likes of Rasmus Hojlund and England’s own defending.

        With England sitting deeper than the Atlantic Ocean goes, again, Morten Hjulmand, under absolutely no pressure, let fly from 30 yards and scored an excellent effort in off the post, leaving Jordan Pickford no chance and offering instruction to the Serbians as to how they could and should have hurt England on Sunday.



        The second-half continued in the same pattern with aimless English play and some half-decent Danish pressure with an early chance for Bukayo Saka as he did well to get a header off from a Trent Alexander-Arnold through ball.

        England did look a little more urgent and incisive when Alexander-Arnold was substituted early for Conor Gallagher and they came close when Saka found Phil Foden in a pocket of space with the Manchester City man able to drive forward and unleash an effort that cannoned off the post.

        Denmark were a lot more settled but just as ineffective with the closest they came being a long-range effort from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pushed aside by Pickford.

        Jude Bellingham did feed an excellent ball through to Ollie Watkins late on but Watkins’ effort was smothered and blocked by the starfish technique of Kasper Schmeichel. 

        Man of the Match: Andreas Christensen. Bukayo Saka didn’t play badly but the Barcelona defender marshalled him well to help out the fairly loose defending from Kristiansen. 

        Big picture: Denmark have two points from their opening two games and now sit joint-second with Slovenia but will sense a major opportunity to progress when they face Serbia, on one point, in their final match. England had the chance to win Group C but didn’t not just take it but almost actively chose to go through the needless endeavour of having to defeat Slovenia on Tuesday with what appears to be a knackered squad. 

        Expected goals: Denmark (0.90) 1-1 (0.92) England



        ’18 | GOAL: Kane (0-1)
        ’34 | GOAL: Hjulmand (1-1)







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        2024-06-20 20h09m by nlawson12
        As a fan of one of the teams, I have to admit that it was a frustrating game to watch. Both Denmark and England seemed to struggle with their passing and decision-making, resulting in a lack of quality chances and a rather dull performance overall. I do appreciate the fighting spirit of the Danish team, but it's clear that they need to work on their attacking tactics if they want to progress in the tournament. As for England, their lackluster performance is a bit concerning and they need
        2024-06-20 19h49m by ocollinsworth
        Comment: As a fan of the Danish team, I can't help but feel disappointed with the result. We had a chance to take three points against a lackluster England team, but missed the opportunity. However, I still have hope for our chances of qualifying for the Round of 16.
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        U Thursday, 20 June 2024 - 17:00
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        Artur Soares Dias
        Morten Hjulmand 34'
        Harry Kane 18'
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