England managed to secure a 1-1 draw against Denmark in the Group C match of Euro 2024.

Another long-range masterpiece at Euro 2024 helped Denmark to a 1-1 draw with England in the second round of Group C.

After the final whistle, many English players sat down on the pitch, panting. Even in the last few minutes, center-back John Stones and a few teammates showed signs of exhaustion, seemingly not because they had fought hard to create a good game. “Euro 2024 is going great, but England has been involved in the two most boring matches”, former defender Jamie Carragher commented.

England managed to secure a 1-1 draw against Denmark in the Group C match of Euro 2024.

The match followed the same script as England’s opener against Serbia, but this time Denmark managed to score an equalizer. After Harry Kane opened the score in the 18th minute, England retreated to play defensively, giving the stage to their opponents. They were punished in the 34th minute, when midfielder Morten Hjulmand shot from a distance of 28 meters, the ball flying at a speed of 114 km/h, into the low left corner, hitting the inside of the post and into the net. In the second half, Phil Foden nearly scored with a long-range shot that hit the post, but Denmark also wasted many good opportunities.

Hjulmand’s equalizing shot was the 13th goal from outside the penalty area at Euro 2024, surpassing the total number of long-range goals at the 2022 World Cup. Meanwhile, there have only been 17 matches so far, with 34 more to come.

The match may not have been as boring as Carragher thought, but the performance of a championship contender like England left many disappointed. After Denmark’s goal, fans on social media criticized Southgate’s pragmatic approach, complaining that he “poured concrete” too soon despite having many talented attacking players. However, Carragher does not believe the fault lies with the manager. “The England team looked completely exhausted,” the former Liverpool defender said after the first half. “And a sign of fatigue in players is falling too deep. No manager would instruct his players to retreat that much.”

Judging by the expressions of the English players after the match, Carragher seems to have been right. Most of them did not seem energetic in this match. When Trent Alexander-Arnold left the pitch in the 54th minute, he was also panting, after having to play as a central midfielder, which is not his usual position. Southgate also replaced the entire front line in the 69th minute, when Kane, Saka, and Foden were all substituted. “This move shows that any player can be replaced,” Carragher commented.

Aside from his close-range left-footed rebound to open the scoring, Kane did not make much of an impact. Jude Bellingham, who shone in the opener, also had a lackluster performance, but still played the full match. Meanwhile, Foden showed signs of improving in the second half, but that was when he had to leave the pitch. Ollie Watkins, Eberechi Eze, and Jarrod Bowen came on as replacements, but could not make an impression.

“We have to give credit to Denmark,” defender Kyle Walker said after the match. “We conceded from a long-range masterpiece, but we’re still unbeaten and leading the group. The whole team has to think positively after this match.”

It was Walker who stole the ball from behind left-back Victor Kristiansen, then passed the ball which helped Kane to open the score. According to the Daily Mail, the noise from the grandstand of Waldstadion was so loud that it could have been deafening. That might be why Kristiansen completely failed to detect Walker rushing from behind, even though he had plenty of time. But in Hjulmand’s equalizing goal, the Danish fans also contributed when they shouted “shoot” as soon as the midfielder touched the ball.

Hjulmand, 25, made his debut for the Danish national team in September 2023, but has secured a starting position, and this is his first goal in his international career for Sporting Lisbon. However, Denmark is not yet guaranteed a place in the next round with two draws. They cannot afford to lose their final group match against Serbia, if they do not want to be eliminated.

Meanwhile, England is almost certain to advance with four points, but also needs to win against Slovenia in the final round to ensure they top the group. If they only finish second, Southgate’s team is likely to face hosts Germany in the round of 16.

Final score: England 1-1 Denmark

Goal scorers:

England: Harry Kane 18′ Denmark: Morten Hjulmand 34′

LINE-UPS:

Denmark: Schmeichel, Andersen, Christensen, Vestergaard, Maehle, Norgaard (Norgaard, 82’), Hojbjerg, Kristiansen (Bah, 57’), Eriksen (Olsen, 82’), Wind (Damsgaard, 57’), Hojlund (Poulsen, 67’).

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold (Gallager, 54’), Rice, Saka (Eze, 69’), Bellingham, Foden (Bowen, 69’), Kane (Watkins, 70’).

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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