Russia will be hoping to confirm their spot in the next round of EURO 2020 against Denmark on Monday evening. A win will be enough to secure their spot, while a point may also get them over the line.
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It has been a fairly decent group campaign by Russia to this point, as they sit second in Group B. They lost on the opening matchday, but bounced back with a much-needed victory against Finland. In a cagey affair, there was only one goal between the sides, with Aleksey Miranchuk scoring in first-half injury time.
The victory was needed to keep their hopes of progression alive, as a draw or win for Finland would have kept them in a strong position. Russia enjoyed the domination in the game against the Finns, as they had 59% of the possession, and had 14 shots. They limited Finland to a single shot on target, but they did ride their luck as Finland had a goal disallowed by VAR.
It was a hugely emotional night in Copenhagen on Thursday evening, as Denmark played for the first time since Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the opening night. There would have been very few dry eyes in the house, as play was stopped after ten minutes to honour the Danish attacking midfielder. Before that, the Danes had gone ahead through Yussuf Poulsen, who found the net after just two minutes. Denmark recorded an impressive 21 shots in the game, but still somehow managed to lose. Belgium introduced Kevin De Bruyne at halftime, and that was decisive. He had a hand in Thorgan Hazard’s equaliser, before he scored the winner himself with 20 minutes of the game remaining.
Russia vs Denmark Head to Head
Amazingly, this is only the second time that these two nations have met in an international fixture. The only previous meeting between Denmark and Russia came in a friendly back in February 2012, with Russia claiming a 2-0 victory in Copenhagen.
Russia vs Denmark Prediction
Denmark’s chances of reaching the next round are effectively over, as it’s unlikely that they will end the group stages as one of the best-placed third-place teams. Russia will need a positive result to book a second spot, and a draw could be a result good enough to achieve that. However, based on Denmark’s performance against Belgium, we expect them to ruin their chances.
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