Denmark v Belgium facts

There has been little between Denmark and Belgium over the years as they meet in Copenhagen in the second round of Group B games.

Denmark and Belgium meet for the first time in more than 20 years as Parken Stadium in Copenhagen stages this Matchday 2 fixture in UEFA EURO 2020 Group B.

Previous meetings
• The sides' last met in an entertaining friendly in Copenhagen in June 2000, Belgium twice coming from behind at Parken in what served as a warm-up for the UEFA EURO 2000 co-hosts. Jon Dahl Tomasson and, with a penalty, goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel – father of current No1 Kasper – were on target for the Danes, with a Lorenzo Staelens spot kick and Marc Wilmots levelling for Belgium.

• That encounter continued the pattern of even contests between the teams over the years, with Denmark recording six wins to Belgium's four, and three draws; the Danes have scored 23 goals in those 13 matches, two more than the Belgians.

• The teams also met in the group stage of the 1984 UEFA European Championship in Strasbourg, and it proved a memorable encounter. Goals from Jan Ceulemans (26) and Frankie Vercauteren (39) gave Belgium a 2-0 lead, but a Frank Arnesen penalty four minutes before half-time gave Denmark renewed hope and second-half goals from Kenneth Brylle Larsen (60) and, six minutes from time, Preben Elkjær, earned a win that took the Danes into the semi-finals at their opponents' expense.

• The countries' paths have crossed in four other EURO matches – all in qualifying. Belgium won 2-0 at home and 2-1 away in Copenhagen in the preliminaries for the 1972 UEFA European Championship, Johan Devrindt scoring twice in each game, but the Danes had the upper hand in EURO '96, the then holders winning each game 3-1 on their way to reaching the finals.

• Denmark have therefore won their last three competitive matches against Belgium, who were victorious in the first two.

• Six of the teams' matches have taken place in Copenhagen, where Denmark have recorded three wins and Belgium two. The 2000 draw means the Danes are unbeaten against Belgium at Parken, that 3-1 win 1994 the only other game there between the sides.

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.

• Prior to Matchday 1, Denmark have lost two successive games in the EURO final tournament, and three of four; they had recorded only two wins in 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 W138 D59 L69. At Parken Stadium it was W60 D24 L17. They are unbeaten there in eight matches (W5 D3), since a 1-0 loss against Montenegro in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in October 2016.

EURO facts: Belgium
• This is Belgium's second successive UEFA European Championship final tournament and their sixth EURO in total.

• The Red Devils' biggest achievement to date was reaching the final of this tournament in 1980, when they lost 2-1 to West Germany in Rome.

• In 2016, Belgium's first EURO finals since they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, a team coached by Wilmots finished second in Group E and beat Hungary 4-0 in the round of 16 – their biggest EURO finals victory – only to suffer a 3-1 quarter-final defeat by Wales.

•  This time round, Roberto Martínez's side won all ten of their qualifiers to finish first in Group I, increasing the number of countries to have reached the finals with a perfect record to eight, Italy also having achieved the feat in the UEFA EURO 2020 preliminaries. Of the previous six to have won every qualifier, however, only Spain (2012) went on to win the tournament itself.

• The 9-0 win against San Marino on 10 October 2019 is Belgium's biggest UEFA European Championship victory.

• Belgium were the top scorers in qualifying overall with 40 goals in their ten matches. Fifteen different Belgium players found the net in qualifying.

• The Red Devils conceded only three goals, the joint best record along with Turkey.

• Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne both provided seven assists in qualifying, fewer only than the Netherlands' Memphis Depay (eight). Hazard scored five goals to De Bruyne's four; Romelu Lukaku managed seven goals and four assists.

Links and trivia
• Mathias Jørgensen scored once in each game for FC Copenhagen against Belgian side Club Brugge in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage (4-0 home, 2-0 away).

• Thomas Delaney was also on target in Copenhagen's 4-0 home win against Club Brugge in September 2016.

• Christian Eriksen scored once and made two assists in Ajax's 3-0 defeat of Anderlecht in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg. The Dane scored against Anderlecht again, this time for Tottenham, in a 2-1 defeat in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage, and also found the net in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Gent in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg.

• Kasper Dolberg scored the winner as Ajax defeated Standard Liège 1-0 in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Kasper Schmeichel kept a clean sheet on his UEFA Champions League debut as Leicester won 3-0 at Club Brugge in the 2016/17 group stage.

• Simon Kjær's Sevilla beat Standard 5-1 in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Have played together:
Christian Eriksen & Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham 2013–20)
Christian Eriksen & Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham 2014–20)
Christian Eriksen & Nacer Chadli (Tottenham 2013–16)
Andreas Cornelius & Timothy Castagne (Atalanta 2017–)
Thomas Delaney & Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund 2018–)
Thomas Delaney & Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund 2019–)
Andreas Christensen & Eden Hazard (Chelsea 2017–19)
Andreas Christensen & Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea 2017, 2019–)

• Has played in Belgium:
Henrik Dalsgaard (Zulte Wargem 2016–17)

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