Euro 2020 (Quarter-Finals – Part Two)
The Olympic Stadium in Baku played host as Scandinavian giants Sweden and Denmark faced off for a place in the European Championship semi-finals on Saturday evening. Both sides had already tasted defeat in the group stages before progressing to the quarter final stages, losing to fellow quarter finalists Portugal and Russia respectively. The game itself was a tight affair, Sweden picking up 3 bookings in the opening half hour before Denmark took the lead, Valencia wing back Daniel Wass seeing his cross inadvertently diverted into his own goal by Sweden keeper Robin Olsen. Sweden were then reduced to 10 men as Newcastle defender Filip Helander was shown a straight red for a wild challenge on Kasper Dolberg.
The lead was doubled 3 minutes after the break when Dolberg exacted his revenge, thundering home following a Christian Eriksen free kick to extend his sides lead. Sweden did manage a consolation goal just 4 minutes from time through the in-form Real Sociedad attacker Alexander Isak, but it proved to be too little too late as the Danes grabbed their 40th win over their near neighbours. The Danes, who now head to the semi-finals, failed to even qualify last time out, although they did famously lift the trophy back in 1992 in neighbouring Sweden, with current goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s father Peter one of the stars of the tournament.
Undoubtedly the tie of the round took place later that evening as pre-tournament favourites Spain and England faced off in the Stadio Olimpico. The Spaniards, who coming into the game boasted an inferior head to head record, took just 12 minutes to grab the lead, skipper Sergio Ramos making no mistake from the spot to give his side the advantage. 12 minutes later, England found themselves level with another defender on the scoresheet, this time Manchester United defender Harry Maguire heading home from a Jack Grealish free kick. Both sides continued to create chances after the break, but it was left to Leeds United forward Rodrigo to decide the tie, as he got up above the England back line to superbly head home from a Koke delivery just after the hour mark.
Germany will now face Russia in the semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday evening, while the same venue will also play host the following day as Spain face Denmark, with a potential repeat of the 1992 and 2008 finals still on the cards.Share this: