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Half time: Russia 0-1 Denmark

Mikkel Damsgaard

Half-time, and Denmark, after a frustrating spell, will be happy enough with that. Half-time, and Denmark, after a frustrating spell, will be happy enough with that. As it stands, by the way, Finland are qualifying for the last 16 and a date with Wales in Amsterdam.

Russia had twice been close to picking up bookings for time-wasting before that goal – always what might be termed A Bad Look in a first half. They’ll have to pick up the energy levels now. Denmark lead! And it’s a superb strike. The ball is zipped into him on the edge of the box, he takes a touch to come inside from the left and sends a beautiful dipping effort into the top corner with his right peg. Cracking goal.

Damsgaard’s delightfully curving cross for a moment seems to be heading right into Poulsen’s path but Kudryashov is there to head away. Maehle gets down the left as Denmark finally mount an attack worth the name. His cross is headed away by a Russian defender, though.

Denmark seem to be lacking a focal point upfront, with Poulsen, Braithwaite and Damsgaard not really offering much thus far. I think we might see Andreas Cornelius or Jonas Wind pretty early in the second half. Hojbjerg is inches away from a proper screamer. His effort from 25-odd yards zips just wide of the post, with Saforov at full stretch. That’s as close as Denmark have come so far.

Second Half awaits

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