Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark: Danes hold on to seal Euros semi-final spot

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 (Pool via REUTERS)
(Pool via REUTERS)

Denmark held off a Czech Republic fightback to reach the Euro 2020 last four, their first semi-final at the tournament in 29 years.

Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg had the Danes cruising at half-time, only for Patrick Schick - his fifth goal of the tournament - early into the second half to set up a nervy finale.

However, Denmark stood firm to book their place in Wednesday's semi-final, where they will face either England or Ukraine.

The result avenged Denmark's 3-0 defeat by the Czechs in the last eight of Euro 2004 and meant they reached the semi-finals for the third time, taking them closer yet to adding to their unlikely triumph at Euro '92.

Denmark got off to a flying start when Delaney took advantage of slack marking from a corner to head home in the fifth minute, although replays showed the corner should never have been given as the ball had come off a Danish player when it went out.

The Czechs struggled to respond and Denmark missed several chances to double their lead, with Mikkel Damsgaard, Delaney and Martin Braithwaite all spurning decent opportunities.

They eventually scored again at the end of the first half when left back Joakim Maehle delivered an inviting cross with the outside of his right foot which Dolberg side-footed in on the volley, adding to his double in the 4-0 win over Wales.

After a poor first half, the Czechs made a double change which instantly gave them more purpose in attack and one of their substitutes Michael Krmencik forced Kasper Schmeichel into a save immediately while moments later Antonin Barak made the keeper make a full-stretch save.

The goal soon followed, Schick meeting a Vladimir Coufal cross first time to beat Schmeichel and match Milan Baros' five goals for the Czech Republic at Euro 2004.

But they failed to build on the momentum and Denmark woke up and defended well for the remainder of the half, ending the Czech Republic's hopes of reaching a first Euros semi-final since 2004 and a first final since 1996.

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