After losing their first two games, almost losing a player, following Christian Eriksen’s unfortunate incident in their opener against Finland, a resolute Denmark defeated Russia 4-1 in a thrilling scene at Copenhagen to finish second in group B and set up a last-16 tie with Wales in the European Championship.
Denmark needed a win which they made absolutely no mistakes with, and had to hope that Belgium, a favour Belgium, carried out gracefully to make it three wins from three games.
Mikkel Damsgaard put Denmark in front with a screamer in the first half before Yussuf Poulsen doubled the lead after the break.
Artem Dzyuba pulled one back for Russia from the penalty spot and raised the hopes of a possible comeback. Still, the Danish team squashed all of Russia’s hopes and completely sealed a spot in the knockout stages when Andreas Christensen and Joakim Maehle made it 4-1 in a wild three minutes.
As a result, Russia, who started the night in second place, finished bottom of the table and therefore failed to qualify.