Denmark Secures Euro 2024 Last 16 Spot After Gritty 0-0 Draw with Serbia

Denmark has qualified for the Euro 2024 round of sixteen after a spirited 0-0 draw with Serbia.

Thanks to their well-organized performance, the Danish team, coached by Kasper Hjulmand, advanced with Slovenia after placing second in Group C.

Denmark Secures Euro 2024 Last 16 Spot After Gritty 0-0 Draw with Serbia
Victor Kristiansen (left), Kasper Dolberg (12), and Andrija Zivkovic (14) of Serbia compete for the ball during a Group C soccer match between Denmark and Serbia in Munich, Germany. Photo Credit: AP

Its prize? a match on Saturday in Dortmund against the host country, Germany.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand remarked, “Playing here against Germany with the Danish team, it can’t be better, can’t wait.” “We make a fantastic team too, but it’s a great team.” And we always step up when we play the big, huge nations.

Despite having the same number of points as Slovenia at the end of Group C, the Danes emerged in second position due to their superior discipline record. At Euro 2024, Slovenia—which drew 0-0 with group winners England—also made it to the knockout stage.

Even though Serbia needed to win in order to advance to the next round, Denmark had the better opportunities. And Christian Eriksen, who was playing for his nation for a record 133 times, was the main conduit for almost all of those Danish possibilities.

Points, goal differential, and goals scored were all equal for Denmark and Slovenia in the end. The players on both teams also received six yellow cards apiece. However, following Slovenia’s assistant coach Milivoje Novakovic’s yellow card in his team’s first-ever match versus Denmark, Denmark had a better discipline record.

Serbia was only one point behind in the end. Our disappointment stems from the outcome. The missing step hasn’t been made by us,” Serbian coach Dragan Stojkovic remarked. “Unfortunately, we were unable to find the one chance and one objective that we were searching for.

“This is the game of football. We should feel immensely proud. Serbia demonstrated their abilities in a fairly balanced bunch. Croatia, which placed third in Group B, was also eliminated by Slovenia’s victory over England.

In France’s 1-1 draw with Poland earlier on Tuesday, Kylian Mbappé scored his first goal at a European Championship. In Group D, the French were second, behind Austria, who defeated the Netherlands 3-2.

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Mbappe scored from the penalty spot in France’s opening match against Austria while sporting a mask. With a spot kick equalization, Robert Lewandowski gave Poland, who had already been eliminated, its first tournament point.

Tennis legend Novak Djokovic was present at the Munich stadium to support Serbia. Before the game, the supporters of his nation chanted “Nole, Nole” as he entered the field. Alexander Bah, a defender for Denmark, headed the ball wide in the sixteenth minute of Tuesday’s play, resulting in the longest delay for the opening attempt in a Euro 2024 game.

Five minutes later, goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic of Serbia denied Eriksen’s attempt, bringing the Danes closer.

Shortly after Eriksen’s corner, Jonas Wind wrestled Rajkovic to the ground, causing the ball to cross the line and Denmark to put the ball in the net. However, the goal was disallowed.

Early in the second half, a goal for Serbia was also disallowed. Joachim Andersen bundled the ball into his own net, although Luka Jovic—one of Serbia’s three halftime substitutes—was offside.

Let down Following the goal that was disallowed, Serbian supporters threw plastic cups onto the pitch, creating a brief delay while stewards rushed to clear them.

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