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UEFA EURO: Russia - Denmark Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

RussiaRussiaParken Stadium - CopenhagenMonday 21 June 2021
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Group B - Matchday 3
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Match background Only this chapter

Russia will hope for a repeat of their only previous fixture against Denmark as two of the UEFA EURO 2020 hosts bring down the curtain on their respective Group B campaigns at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Previous meetings
• The only past contest between these teams came in a Copenhagen friendly on 29 February 2012. First-half goals from Roman Shirokov (4) and Andrey Arshavin (45) gave Dick Advocaat's Russia a 2-0 win at Parken against a Denmark side coached by Morten Olsen.

• The Soviet Union boasted a dominant record against Denmark, winning eight of the teams' ten contests and losing only one. Those victories included a 3-0 defeat of the Danes in their only EURO fixture, in the 1964 semi-final in Barcelona thanks to goals from Valeri Voronin, Viktor Ponedelnik and Valentin Ivanov.

• The USSR won three of the sides' four meetings in FIFA World Cup qualifying, recording a 6-0 win in Moscow and 3-1 success in Copenhagen in the 1966 preliminaries before a 1-0 victory, again in Moscow, ahead of the 1986 tournament. Denmark's sole success against the Soviet Union was a momentous 4-2 triumph in Copenhagen in 1986 World Cup qualifying, both sides going on to reach the finals in Mexico.

• Denmark's record against the Soviet Union in Copenhagen was W1 D1 L3, although they were unbeaten in their last two matches there.

EURO facts: Russia
• This is Russia's fifth successive EURO final tournament and sixth in seven as an independent nation. They have featured in eight of the last nine EUROs, including this edition, appearing as the Soviet Union in 1988 and the Commonwealth of Independent States four years later, before their debut as Russia in 1996.

• The Soviet Union won the first UEFA European Championship in 1960 and were runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988. Russia's best performance since independence came in 2008, when they reached the semi-finals – the only time they have progressed beyond the group stage.

• In 2016, a team coached by Leonid Slutski finished bottom of Group B, picking up their only point in a 1-1 draw against England on Matchday 1. They subsequently lost to Slovakia (1-2) and Wales (0-3).

• Prior to Matchday 1, Russia had not won in five EURO finals games (D2 L3); their previous victory was a 4-1 demolition of the Czech Republic in their UEFA EURO 2012 opener. That was their only success in seven EURO finals matches (D2 L4).

• Stanislav Cherchesov's team qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 as Group I runners-up, losing both games to section winners Belgium but winning their other eight fixtures.

• Artem Dzyuba scored nine goals and provided five assists in qualifying, meaning he was directly involved in 42% of Russia's 33 goals.

EURO facts: Denmark
• This is Denmark's ninth appearance in the UEFA European Championship, but only their second in the past four editions. They were eliminated in the group stage at UEFA EURO 2012, finishing third in their section behind Germany and Portugal with three points from three games.

• The Danes lost to Scandinavian neighbours Sweden in the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs, going down 4-3 on aggregate (1-2 a, 2-2 h).

• Denmark were winners at EURO '92, finished fourth in 1964 and reached the semi-finals in 1984. Their most recent knockout appearance came in 2004, when they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

• Denmark have lost their last two games in the EURO final tournament, and three of the last four; they have recorded only two wins in their last ten EURO finals matches (D2 L6).

• The Danes booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing second behind Switzerland in Group D despite remaining unbeaten in their eight qualifiers (W4 D4). They reached the finals with a 1-1 draw away to the Republic of Ireland in their final qualifier.

• Denmark are one of five teams to have reached UEFA EURO 2020 unbeaten along with Belgium, Italy – who both won every game – Spain and Ukraine. They are the only one of the five who did not top their group.

• Åge Hareide, who oversaw the successful qualifying campaign, was replaced by Kasper Hjulmand following the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020; the former Nordsjælland coach had been due to take over from Hareide after the tournament.

• Prior to the Matchday 1 game against Finland, Denmark's record in Copenhagen was W139 D60 L70. At Parken Stadium it was W61 D25 L18. They had lost only one their last 11 pre-UEFA EURO 2020 matches there (W6 D4) – 0-1 against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League on 5 September 2020.

Links and trivia
• Have played together:
Denis Cheryshev & Daniel Wass (Valencia 2018–)
Roman Neustädter & Simon Kjær (Fenerbahçe 2016/17)
Roman Neustädter & Pierre Emile Højbjerg (Schalke 2015/16)
Aleksei Miranchuk & Joakim Mæhle (Atalanta 2021–)

• Wass scored against Russian club Krasnodar in Celta Vigo's 2-1 home win in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg.

• Christian Eriksen provided an assist as Tottenham beat CSKA Moskva 3-1 at home in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage.


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Russia

2016 – group stage
2012 – group stage
2008 – semi-finals
2004 – group stage
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – group stage
1992 – group stage (as Commonwealth of Independent States)
1988 – runners-up (as Soviet Union)
1984 – did not qualify (as Soviet Union)
1980 – did not qualify (as Soviet Union)
1976 – quarter-finals (as Soviet Union)
1972 – runners-up (as Soviet Union)
1968 – fourth place (as Soviet Union)
1964 – runners-up (as Soviet Union)
1960 – winners (as Soviet Union)

Final tournament win
4-1: Russia v Czech Republic, 08/06/12
twice, most recently Denmark v Soviet Union, 17/06/64

Final tournament defeat
Spain v Russia, 10/06/08
five times, most recently v Wales, 20/06/16

Qualifying win
Russia v San Marino, 08/06/19

Qualifying defeat
Russia v Belgium, 16/11/19
twice, most recently England v Russia, 12/09/07

Final tournament appearances
Sergei Ignashevich
Aleksandr Anyukov
8: Roman Pavlyuchenko
Yuri Zhirkov
8: Igor Akinfeev
7: Konstantin Zyryanov
7: Roman Shirokov

Final tournament goals
Roman Pavlyuchenko
3: Alan Dzagoev
Valentin Ivanov
Viktor Ponedelnik
Andrey Arshavin

Overall appearances
Sergei Ignashevich
34: Vasili Berezutski
33: Viktor Onopko
33: Yuri Zhirkov
29: Igor Akinfeev
28: Aleksandr Anyukov
28: Andrey Arshavin
28: Aleksandr Kerzhakov
25: Aleksei Berezutski
23: Konstantin Zyryanov

Overall goals
17: Artem Dzyuba
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
8: Vladimir Beschastnykh
8: Alan Dzagoev
8: Valeri Karpin
7: Viktor Kolotov
6: Oleh Blokhin
6: Aleksandr Mostovoi
6: Viktor Onopko
6: Viktor Ponedelnik


UEFA European Championship records: Denmark

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – group stage
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – quarter-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – group stage
1992 – winners
1988 – group stage
1984 – semi-finals
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – fourth place
1960 – last 16

Final tournament win
5-0: Denmark v Yugoslavia, 16/06/84

Final tournament defeat
3-0 five times, most recently Czech Republic v Denmark, 27/06/04

Qualifying win
6-0 three times, most recently Denmark v Gibraltar, 15/11/19

Qualifying defeat
6-0: Hungary v Denmark, 21/09/66

Final tournament appearances
13: Peter Schmeichel
10: Michael Laudrup
10: John Sivebæk
9: Thomas Helveg

Final tournament goals
3: Frank Arnesen
3: Henrik Larsen
3: Brian Laudrup
3: Jon Dahl Tomasson
2: Preben Elkjær
2: Nicklas Bendtner
2: Michael Krohn-Dehli

Overall appearances
39: Peter Schmeichel
33: Dennis Rommedahl
32: Thomas Helveg
31: Martin Jørgensen
31: Morten Olsen
31: Jon Dahl Tomasson
29: Michael Laudrup
29: Thomas Sørensen
28: Simon Kjær
27: Nicklas Bendtner
27: Christian Eriksen

Overall goals
22: Jon Dahl Tomasson
11: Ole Madsen
10: Preben Elkjær
10: Michael Laudrup
9: Nicklas Bendtner
Dennis Rommedahl
7: Kim Vilfort



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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