Denmark (DEN) lock horns with Belgium (BEL) in the Group B encounter at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium. The hosts went through agony in the tournament opener as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. He received immediate medical attention, and players carried him off the pitch. UEFA suspended the match but, a few hours later, the players were back on the field. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg missed a penalty, and Finland won the match by a solitary goal.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez couldn’t have asked for a better start from his boys, who were without Kevin De Bruyne. They cruised past Russia courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku brace. Eden Hazard and Thomas Meunier are likely to make it to the playing eleven against Denmark. The 30-year-old winger made a brief appearance against Russia, while Meunier wreaked havoc – a goal and an assist – after replacing Timothy Castagne in the first half.
Denmark dominated Finland in the opening game as they had the lion’s share of possession and made 23 attempts on goal. Mathias Jensen, expected to replace Eriksen in the playing eleven, has scored a goal and assisted one in his last two starts. Also, head coach Kasper Hjulmand would be expecting more ruthlessness from his attacking trio -Yussuf Poulsen, Martin Braithwaite, and Jonas Wind – in front of goal.
Played: 15 DEN won: 6 BEL won: 6 Drawn: 3
Top Five Fantasy Points scorers (last match)
DEN: A Christensen (5.5 pts), J Maehle (5.5 pts), D Wass (4.5 pts), P Hojbjerg (4.5 pts), T Delaney (4 pts)
BEL: T Meunier (23.5 pts), R Lukaku (19.5 pts), T Alderweireld (12 pts), J Vertonghen (11.5 pts), D Boyata (11.5 pts)
Stats & Facts
D Mertens (FOR) has scored a goal and an assist against Denmark in the group stage of 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
T Meunier (DEF) has made three assists in his last four appearances for Belgium
J Wind (FOR) has scored in the last meeting between Denmark and Belgium
P Hojbjerg (MID) completed 77 passes and had two shots on target against Finland in the EURO 2020 Group B match
T Alderweireld (DEF) and D Boyata (DEF) completed more than 90 passes against Russia in the EURO 2020 Group B match
DEN: C Eriksen (injured)
BEL: J Vertonghen (doubtful)
DEN (possible): K Schmeichel; J Maehle, S Kjaer, A Christensen, D Wass; M Jensen, P Hojbjerg, T Delaney; Y Poulsen, J Wind, M Braithwaite
BEL (possible): T Courtois; T Alderweireld, J Denayer, T Vermaelen; T Meunier, Y Tielemans, Dendoncker, E Hazard; D Mertens, R Lukaku, Y Carrasco
Parameswaran Sankaranarayan is a sports enthusiast who has worked in print, website, and other digital platforms. He was part of the editorial team of first-ever Indian football-based website - IndianFootball.com (now defunct) - and passionately follows the latest happenings in world football. During his time as a journalist, he had the opportunity to interact with some of the iconic personalities in Indian sports and witness some memorable moments in Indian football.
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