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Thomas Pyndt’s Russia v Denmark preview: Danes optimistic about knock-out stage qualification

| 17.06.2021
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Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Denmark throughout Euro 2020

Even though Denmark lost 2-1 to Belgium on Thursday, it was still an amazing and very emotional evening in Parken where all the love and support towards Christian Eriksen and the national team was manifested in singing, cheering and waves of red and white. The whole nation was truly behind the team, and the players responded impressively with the best game in more than 20 years.

The first-half was an immense showing of free flowing football, but in the second-half, when Kevin De Bruyne was substituted in, Belgium took it up a notch and scored twice for the win.

But the optimism is back in Denmark. Christian Eriksen is feeling much better and the national team can still qualify for the next round if they beat Russia on Monday. That is definitely a possibility, both considering the excellent results in the last four years and the game that the team managed to put together against Belgium under very difficult circumstances.

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Thomas Pyndt

Thomas is a freelance writer from Denmark and has followed both Danish and international football as a journalist since 1996.

He covered the World Cup-finals in both Berlin and Moscow and has also been to every Euro-tournament since 2000 with the competition in 2008 as his favourite – even though neither Denmark nor England made it – due to some amazing attacking football and the beautiful setting in Switzerland, where he was situated.

He will be following the Denmark national team from Copenhagen, where they will play all three group games in the national stadium Parken against Finland, Belgium and Russia.

He is looking forward to writing about the Danish team for as long as they last in the tournament.