Euro Betting: Russia v Denmark, 21 June
Final Group Games | Group B | Copenhagen
Their Euros So Far
Russia and Denmark, two co-hosts of Euro 2020 have made stuttering starts to the tournament. For Russia, they suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Belgium for their opener, followed by a narrow victory over Finland, leaving them with a fair chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
Whilst Denmark’s tournament has been understandably overshadowed by events in their first game, when their talisman, Christian Eriksen, suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of their defeat to Euro debutants, Finland. The game was temporarily suspended following the incident, and upon restarting hours later, Finland scored the winning goal, whilst Denmark missed a penalty. Since that game, they faced an extremely tough Belgium team who also defeated them. Naturally, the biggest concern is for the health of their captain, but this final game represents their last chance of reaching the knockout rounds, as they currently sit bottom of group B, three points off Russia.
The Russians require victory in their final game to guarantee passage to the next round. However, a draw with the Danes will also be enough as long as Finland fail to beat Belgium. Naturally, they would rather be in control of their own destiny through victory rather than hoping for the best with a draw.
Denmark have to rely on two fixtures if they are to qualify automatically in second place; they will need to beat Russia and hope Finland lose to Belgium. However, a lot will also depend on the goals scored across the two games. Fine margins indeed!
Russia will be looking for a second victory in as many games, as they meet Denmark in Copenhagen, where both sides will conclude their Group B campaigns.
For two such storied European sides and nations, it’s surprising that they have only met once on a football pitch. This was back in 2012, a friendly with two first half goals from Roman Shirokov and Andrey Arshavin, to give Dick Advocaat’s side a 2-0 victory.
The only semblance of history between the two before that goes back to the 1980’s and beyond when Russia were part of the Soviet Union. In that era, the Soviets did dominate meetings against Denmark, with several qualifiers and tournament victories.
So, will Russia restart a period of dominance with a victory? Or will Denmark have one last battle in them for their talisman, Eriksen?