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Euro 2020: Denmark secure Wales tie after dramatic win over Russia

After succumbing to defeats against Belgium and Finland, Denmark finally secured their first win of the Euro 2020 tournament and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Denmark played host to Russia in their third and final Euro 2020 group game, knowing full well that despite having suffered two defeats thus far, a win by two or more goals against Stanislav Cherchesov's men would help them secure qualification into the round of 16, with the condition that Belgium snags a win against Finland.

Fortunately for Denmark, everything worked out in their favour. Finland succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Belgium, and Denmark managed to put four goals past Russia to grab a 4-1 victory and ultimately secure qualification to the knockout stages despite their rocky start to the tournament.

Mikkel Damsgaard sent reverberations round the Parken Stadium as he opened the scoring for Denmark with a sublime finish from outside the box in the 38th minute.

Denmark's second goal of the game didn't come until the 59th minute as Yussuf Poulsen capitalized on a defensive error to boost his side's hopes of making it into the next round of the competition.

Russia clapped back 11 minutes later as Artem Dzuyba found the back of the net from the penalty spot, giving Russia a lifeline back into the game.

Russia's goal proved to be a huge dent to Demark's chances of qualification, but that dent didn't last for long as Andreas Christensen scored his side's 3rd goal of the game with a deftly executed finish in the 79th minute.

Following Christensen's goal, all Denmark needed to do was to maintain the scoreline as it was and qualification would be certain, but the Danes went a step further to score a fourth goal courtesy of Joakin Maehle in the 82nd minute.

As things stand, Denmark have finished second place in Group B, three points six points behind table-toppers Belgium. It remains to be seen how far Denmark will be able to go in the tournament, but following their 4-1 victory over Russia, their fans will be optimistic about their chances in the Round of 16.


EURO 2020 - GROUP STAGE

Russia - 1 (Dzyuba 70')

Denmark - 4 (Damsgaard 38', Poulsen 58', Christensen 79', Maehle 82')

Parken Arena, Copenhagen

Man of the Match: Andreas Christensen

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