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Denmark beat Czech Republic to reach Euro 2020 semi-final

Denmark manages to be in the race for Euro 2020 title after they beat the Czech Republic 1-2 in Baku on Saturday to enter a last-four match with England at Wembley. Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg’s first-half goals were enough to see Kasper Hjulmand’s men see off, despite the Czech second-half rally inspired by Patrick Schick’s fifth goal of the tournament.

Tomas Vaclik had to deny Mikkel Damsgaard to stop the Dane from doubling his lead in a flash start. But the Czechs then came into play and twice, Kasper Schmeichel was forced to save by Tomas Holes. Denmark was always a threat at the break, however, and Vaclik had to stand to avoid another strong Damsgaard action.

Vaclik was powerless three minutes before the break, when Joakim Mæhle added another assist to his good tour, with a teased cross on the outside of his right foot, which was broken from close by Dolberg. Czech Republic boss Jaroslav Silhavy made two substitutions at the break, and the introduction of Jakub Jankto and Michael Krmencik had an immediate effect.

Krmencik stabbed Schmeichel in the palms before returning Antonin Barak’s shot to the Leicester goalkeeper. But Denmark ignored his warning, while Schick took control of Vladimir Coufal’s cross and included Cristiano Ronaldo as the tournament’s top scorer.

The pace of the Czechs was soon buoyed by their long journey eastwards along both sides and the scorching heat. When they were one on one, Vaclik twice kept his side in the game with a series of saves to deny replacement Yussuf Poulsen and then Maehle. However, as Schick was forced out by a muscle strain, Silhavy’s men were not threatened by a goal to upset Denmark from a six-minute stop.

Watch score updates of the Euro 2020 quarter-finals in which Denmark beat the Czech Republic.

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