England held to 1-1 draw by Denmark in Euro 2024 group stage clash

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Harry Kane

21st June 2024 – (Berlin) In a highly anticipated Euro 2024 group stage encounter, England and Denmark faced off, resulting in a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Despite an early lead from Harry Kane’s goal, Denmark’s Morten Hjulmand equalised, denying the Three Lions a victory. The match took place at a packed Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt.

From the outset, England displayed dominance, pressing Denmark and setting the tempo. Kyle Walker’s assist allowed Phil Foden a chance in the 13th minute, but the shot missed wide. Soon after, Walker’s deflected cross found its way to Harry Kane, who put England in the lead five minutes later.

Denmark, undeterred, launched a spirited comeback and continued to push forward, while England focused on defensive stability. Their efforts paid off when Morten Hjulmand unleashed a powerful strike from 25 meters, finding the back of the net and levelling the score at the half-hour mark, past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The second half saw England come out with renewed determination. Foden’s shot rattled the woodwork in the 56th minute, and Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel denied Ollie Watkins a goal in a one-on-one situation in the 71st minute.

In the closing stages of the match, Denmark came close to securing a late victory, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s curling shot narrowly missed the target. England’s head coach Gareth Southgate acknowledged his team’s lack of control in the game, emphasizing the need for improvement to progress further in the tournament.

In another Group C clash, Serbia salvaged a last-minute draw against Slovenia, with Luka Jovic cancelling out Benjamin Sesko’s opener. The result keeps Serbia’s hopes alive for advancing to the next round.

In Group B, Spain continued their dominance, securing their second consecutive win and a spot in the last 16. Despite Italy’s defensive efforts, Spain managed to break the deadlock thanks to an own goal from Riccardo Calafiori in the second half. Italy struggled to threaten Spain’s defence, and goalkeeper Gianlugi Donnarumma made several crucial saves to limit the damage.

With these results, England maintains the top spot in Group C with four points, followed by Denmark and Slovenia with two points each, while Serbia sits at one point. In Group B, Spain leads with six points, followed by Italy with three points, and Albania and Croatia, both with one point. The competition intensifies as teams strive to secure their places in the next stage and vie for the coveted Euro 2024 title.