Russia 1-4 Denmark: Danes to face Wales after emphatic and emotional victory

Denmark set up a last-16 tie with Wales in the European Championship after an emphatic and emotional victory over Russia on a frantic night in Copenhagen..

The Danes embraced each other at full-time, just nine days after team-mate Christian Eriksen collapsed on the same pitch in their tournament opener against Finland.

After suffering cardiac arrest Eriksen has since been discharged from hospital but the toll of an emotional last week was clear to see in Denmark’s players upon the final whistle.

And throughout the match there were outbursts of roaring, delirious celebrations and passion from supporters in Copenhagen.

Knowing they needed to win and hoping Belgium beat Finland, the hosts did not hold back and Mikkel Damsgaard set the stage alight with an exquisite long-range opener.

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen also thumped in a stunning strike late on as news of Belgium’s lead over Finland trickled into the stadium.

Yussuf Poulsen had put Denmark 2-0 up, pouncing on a poor backpass from Roman Zobnin, before Artem Dzyuba got one back for Russia from the penalty spot.

But Denmark confirmed their progression as runners-up when Christensen and Joakim Maehle made it 4-1 in a rampant three minutes.

The result left Russia, who started the night in second place, bottom of the table and out of the tournament.

Emotion, passion and delirium

Denmark players celebrate
Denmark started the night bottom of the table having not picked up a point

The Parken Stadium was electric before kick-off as fans sang a passionate national anthem, but it was nothing compared to the scenes at full-time.

Players and staff were huddled in the centre of the pitch waiting for confirmation of Belgium’s victory over Finland and there was an almighty roar when the result came through.

Denmark needed a victory and they delivered for the fans – Damsgaard kicking things off with a moment of magic, becoming the country’s youngest goalscorer (20 years, 335 days) at a major tournament in the process.

Poulsen was drenched in beer thrown into the air by supporters when he netted Denmark’s second and though Dzyuba’s spot-kick created a moment of anxiety, it did not last long.

Denmark bombarded the Russian goal – keeper Matvey Safonov making a number of stunning saves – before Christensen’s thumping strike erupted the stadium once more.

Maehle’s composed finish capped it off and now Denmark head into the last 16 full of confidence with Wales awaiting next on Saturday, 26 June in Amsterdam.

Kasper Hjulmand
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand celebrated heavily at full-time
Denmark celebrate
Denmark ran over to celebrate with supporters after their progression was confirmed

Player of the match

MaehleJoakim Maehle

with an average of 8.69

Russia

  1. Squad number16Player nameSafonov
    Average rating

    5.38

  2. Squad number22Player nameDzyuba
    Average rating

    5.15

  3. Squad number2Player nameMario Fernandes
    Average rating

    5.01

  4. Squad number17Player nameGolovin
    Average rating

    4.89

  5. Squad number14Player nameDzhikiya
    Average rating

    4.76

  6. Squad number13Player nameKudryashov
    Average rating

    4.76

  7. Squad number7Player nameOzdoev
    Average rating

    4.73

  8. Squad number3Player nameDiveev
    Average rating

    4.71

  9. Squad number11Player nameZobnin
    Average rating

    4.66

  10. Squad number15Player nameAl Miranchuk
    Average rating

    4.60

  11. Squad number23Player nameKuzyaev
    Average rating

    4.58

  12. Squad number4Player nameKaravaev
    Average rating

    4.29

  13. Squad number26Player nameMukhin
    Average rating

    4.07

  14. Squad number9Player nameSobolev
    Average rating

    4.06

  15. Squad number19Player nameZhemaletdinov
    Average rating

    3.95

Denmark

  1. Squad number5Player nameMaehle
    Average rating

    8.69

  2. Squad number14Player nameDamsgaard
    Average rating

    8.60

  3. Squad number23Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    8.53

  4. Squad number6Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    8.52

  5. Squad number4Player nameKjaer
    Average rating

    8.25

  6. Squad number20Player namePoulsen
    Average rating

    8.15

  7. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    8.05

  8. Squad number8Player nameDelaney
    Average rating

    8.03

  9. Squad number15Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    7.98

  10. Squad number12Player nameDolberg
    Average rating

    7.93

  11. Squad number17Player nameStryger Larsen
    Average rating

    7.91

  12. Squad number24Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    7.89

  13. Squad number3Player nameVestergaard
    Average rating

    7.88

  14. Squad number9Player nameBraithwaite
    Average rating

    7.86

  15. Squad number21Player nameCornelius
    Average rating

    7.75

  16. Squad number18Player nameWass
    Average rating

    7.75

Line-ups

Russia

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Safonov
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 3DiveevBooked at 75mins
  • 13KudryashovBooked at 28minsSubstituted forKaravaevat 67′minutes
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 7OzdoevSubstituted forZhemaletdinovat 62′minutes
  • 11Zobnin
  • 23KuzyaevSubstituted forMukhinat 67′minutes
  • 15Al MiranchukSubstituted forSobolevat 61′minutes
  • 17Golovin
  • 22Dzyuba

Substitutes

  • 1Shunin
  • 4Karavaev
  • 5Semenov
  • 6Cheryshev
  • 8Barinov
  • 9Sobolev
  • 10Zabolotny
  • 12Dyupin
  • 19Zhemaletdinov
  • 20Ionov
  • 24Evgeniev
  • 26Mukhin

Denmark

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 6Christensen
  • 4Kjaer
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 18WassSubstituted forStryger Larsenat 60′minutes
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 8DelaneyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forJensenat 86′minutes
  • 5Maehle
  • 9BraithwaiteSubstituted forCorneliusat 85′minutes
  • 14DamsgaardSubstituted forNørgaardat 72′minutes
  • 20PoulsenSubstituted forDolbergat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Andersen
  • 7Skov
  • 11Skov Olsen
  • 12Dolberg
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 15Nørgaard
  • 16Lössl
  • 17Stryger Larsen
  • 19Wind
  • 21Cornelius
  • 22Rönnow
  • 24Jensen

Referee:
Clément Turpin

Attendance:
23,644

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Russia 1, Denmark 4.

  2. Second Half ends, Russia 1, Denmark 4.

  3. Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Georgi Dzhikiya.

  4. Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Kjaer.

  5. Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Vyacheslav Karavaev.

  6. Andreas Christensen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Alexander Sobolev (Russia).

  8. Offside, Russia. Vyacheslav Karavaev tries a through ball, but Artem Dzyuba is caught offside.

  9. Foul by Mathias Jensen (Denmark).

  10. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Kasper Dolberg (Denmark) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Foul by Maksim Mukhin (Russia).

  13. Kasper Dolberg (Denmark) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Foul by Aleksandr Golovin (Russia).

  15. Substitution, Denmark. Mathias Jensen replaces Thomas Delaney.

  16. Substitution, Denmark. Andreas Cornelius replaces Martin Braithwaite.

  17. Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Igor Diveev.

  18. Goal! Russia 1, Denmark 4. Joakim Maehle (Denmark) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg following a fast break.

  19. Foul by Kasper Dolberg (Denmark).

  20. Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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