The Danish national team beat the Czech team with a score of 2: 1 and reached the semifinals of the European Championship. Kommersant asked football experts about their impressions of the last match.
Photo: Archive of Konstantin Genich
Konstantin Genich, telecommentator:
– The Danish national team reminds me, with some reservations, of the Canadian national team at the recent Ice Hockey World Championship. They started with three defeats, and in the end they became champions, while they sorted out the Russian national team along the way. The analogies are quite appropriate. We see that after two defeats at the start, the Danish national team, having beaten Russia, is gradually gaining momentum, and in the absence of a leader, with injuries of other key players. A very balanced, agile, well-managed team, coaching in a good sense of the word. Even when the score became 2: 1, the Danes did not have to be particularly nervous, they defended competently, did not leave any free zones, and Simon Kjaer took off the entire top. An absolutely deserved victory for the Danish team, good counterattacks, Poulsen had a moment, others. The Danes are great, it is clear that they were a little lucky with the grid, but in terms of class they surpassed the Czech Republic, and even more so Wales in the 1/8 finals. On the one hand, it happened so, on the other, we see that the Danes are well prepared for this championship. They have at least a bronze – a great result!
Photo: from the personal archive of Leonid Stepanov
Leonid Stepanov, football expert and analyst:
– It was a clash of two teams – the sensations of the tournament. Hardly anyone could have imagined before the start of Euro that both teams would go so far, but this championship is rich in unexpected results. The first half was left for the Danes, who acted easily and naturally, even with a slight superiority. It seemed that the Scandinavians were spending exactly as much energy as it takes to win. After two goals, one might have got the impression that the result was obvious, but Schick’s goal “from the locker room” at the beginning of the second half brought the Czechs back into the game. The Danes began to act “number two”, slowed down, sometimes snapping back dangerous counterattacks. The Czechs pumped up, they were very good, but the ball did not go into the goal. Perhaps the Czechs lacked freshness, lacked the lightness that allowed them to play fast and aggressive football in previous games. The spirited Czech squad leaves the tournament with their heads held high, and Kasper Juhlmann’s team is just one step away from the final, and why not repeat the golden success of their Euro 92 team?
Photo: photo from the personal archive of Oleg Vlasov
Oleg Vlasov, sports columnist for the online edition “Rating of Bookmakers”, an independent bookmaker analyst, a former member of the RFU commission on the prevention of fixed matches:
– Before the start of Euro, no one could have imagined that one of these teams would be in the semifinals. And here – this is a miracle, next to it. And this circumstance was supposed to shackle the opponents, so I was expecting a stringy and pragmatic match of equal teams. But the beginning of the game immediately broke all my pre-match layouts. A quick goal against the Czech Republic instilled confidence in the Danes, and they immediately began to act as favorites. And the Czech national team, on the contrary, somehow lost ground and conceded the second goal. There was no feeling that the Czechs would save this match, even after taking back one goal. The Danes controlled the game, in the end they deservedly passed to the semifinals and will be a tough nut to crack for the England national team (I have no doubt about its victory over Ukraine, although I will root for our brothers). Especially amazing matches await us, although in almost every meeting I enjoy a beautiful football performance. And I still believe that the Italians will defeat the descendants of the creators of football even on their home ground.