Russia crashed out of EURO 2020 after being mauled 4-1 by Denmark in Copenhagen, with three sensational objectives and Yussuf Poulsen’s tap-in after a comical back-pass from Daler Kuzyayev condemning them to the foot of Group B.
As arduous as it might sound for each units of followers to imagine in hindsight, the beginning of the essential contest proved cagey, with either side understanding that qualification could possibly be at stake within the chance that Finland didn’t beat swaggering Belgium.
Denmark had the higher of play with out actually threatening Russia earlier than Mikkel Damsgaard intervened with a violently sensible strike within the 38th minute, taking purpose from exterior the penalty space to blast a dipping effort over worldwide rookie Matvei Safonov.
Worse was to return after the break when Kuzyayev acquired a go from Safonov in a seemingly innocent place on the left flank inside his personal half, regarded up after which determined to show again and play a disastrous ball again to his helpless goalkeeper.
Unfortunate Kuzyayev had not noticed Poulsen lurking contained in the penalty space, finding him exactly with the go. The Leipzig dangerman gratefully took the chance to fit in.
Any hope supplied by Artem Dzyuba’s emphatic penalty was nearly instantly extinguished. The unlikely determine of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen surged on to a unfastened ball exterior the penalty space after Russia didn’t conclusively clear their strains following a succession of crosses, blasting an unstoppable, thunderous effort that Safonov had no likelihood with. It was arguably the perfect of a number of very good objectives.
By now, Denmark knew Belgium have been doing their half in serving to them qualify by taking a snug lead in opposition to the Finns. Pinching possession inside their very own half, the rampant victors customary a rampaging counter-attack that resulted in Joakim Mæhle reducing inside from the left and inserting a low shot previous Safonov, wrong-footing the teen to compound a merciless match between the Russia sticks.
Denmark have been ecstatic on the finish, celebrating wildly on the pitch on the heart of a cacophonous Copenhagen crowd. A recreation that had began with Russia hopeful of qualifying ended with their opponents going via courtesy of a scintillating first victory on the finals.
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