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England vs Denmark: ENG 1-1 DEN, Resilient Danes hold Three Lions with cagey draw

England vs Denmark: ENG 1-1 DEN, Resilient Danes hold Three Lions with cagey draw

Denmark outperformed England in ball possession, holding 51% compared to England's 49%

England vs Denmark Live Score: Denmark managed to secure a 1-1 draw against England in a crucial UEFA Euro 2024 Group C match at Frankfurt Arena. Despite taking an early lead through Harry Kane, England failed to maintain their advantage as Denmark equalized with a stunning long-range effort from Morten Hjulmand.

Harry Kane puts England in lead

In a tentative beginning, both teams initially lacked the killer instinct in the first 15 minutes. Phil Foden missed a presentable chance after a promising move. It was Harry Kane who broke the deadlock for England on a challenging pitch. Kyle Walker delivered a low ball across the six-yard box, catching out a sleeping Victor Kristiansen, and Kane made no mistake in converting the opportunity.

Kane is now one of only three players to score in four separate major tournaments for England (2018 World Cup, Euro 2020, 2022 World Cup, Euro 2024), joining Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney in this unique club. In his 93rd appearance for England, Kane has now scored 64 goals, including five at the Euros and 13 across major tournaments (World Cup and Euros).

Hjulmand’s Long-Range Rocket Beats Pickford

Denmark grew into the game after going behind and began to challenge England’s defense. The equalizer came from Morten Hjulmand, who capitalized on a poor pass from Kane. Kristiansen moved the ball across the midfield to Hjulmand, who then unleashed a precise long-range shot that beat a diving Jordan Pickford.

England’s Midfield Struggles

England’s midfield was problematic throughout the first half. Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold were positioned too deep, leaving Jude Bellingham isolated in an advanced role. This setup allowed Denmark to dominate the middle of the pitch, resulting in the Danes having 17 touches in the opposition box compared to England’s four. Denmark also registered four shots on target from nine attempts, highlighting their midfield superiority.

Denmark pull themselves in 2nd half

England started the second half poorly and continued to struggle with decision-making. Alexander-Arnold was substituted off, and Conor Gallagher brought some much-needed energy to the midfield. Bukayo Saka looked more direct but lacked precision in his delivery. Phil Foden struck the post before being subbed off, while Bellingham managed to pick out Ollie Watkins with a nice pass, only for Watkins’ effort to be saved. Denmark, meanwhile, ended the match strongly, posing constant threats to the English defense.

Denmark made 16 attempts compared to England’s 12, with seven of those being on target. The Danes had 22 touches in the opposition box, significantly more than England’s 11. Additionally, Denmark outperformed England in ball possession, holding 51% compared to England’s 49%.

The 1-1 draw leaves England on top of Group C with four points, while Denmark sits in second place with two points. Despite being favorites, England’s performance was far from convincing, and they will need to address their midfield issues and improve decision-making as the tournament progresses.

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