Denmark prepare for quarter-final clash

By SFC Media time Fri 02 Jul International
Photo by Getty Images | Jannik Vestergaard

Denmark’s fairytale involvement at Euro 2020 continues on Saturday as Jannik Vestergaard’s side take on Czech Republic in Baku.

Suffering the horror of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in their group stage opener, the Danes have galvanised to roar through to the quarter-finals, emphatically dispatching Wales 4-0 in the Last 16.

With Vestergaard starting every game bar the early defeat to Finland, the Saints defender has helped create history with Kasper Hjulmand’s side becoming the first team to score four or more goals in consecutive European Championship matches, having also thumped Russia 4-1 in a dramatic Group B encounter.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 26: Simon Kjaer and Jannik Vestergaard of Denmark speak as they make their way towards the dressing room after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Wales and Denmark at Johan Cruijff Arena on June 26, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Photo: Getty Images

The Danes come up against a dark horse in the way of Jaroslav Šilhavý's Czech Republic side, who finished as one of the best third placed sides in England's Group D with four points following a win, draw and a defeat.

Vestergaard and his back four will have to be particularly wary of the clinical Patrik Schick, who has four goals in just 325 minutes so far in the tournament, a feat only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The crunch quarter-final takes place on Saturday evening at 5pm BST in Azerbaijan's Baku Olympic Stadium.

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