Two teams that have seen their stock rise significantly over the past fortnight – Czech Republic and Denmark – will meet at the Baku Olympic Stadium for a place in the semi-finals.
The Danes continue to punch above their weight and then some after they destroyed Wales 4-0 in the round of 16. That win, combined with the Czechs impressive victory over the Netherlands, has set up a revenge match for Denmark.
The last time these sides met in the European Championships was back in 2004, the Danes were downed 3-0 in the quarter-finals. It also represents Denmark’s last visit to this phase of the cup. Four years prior, the Czechs were 2-0 winners in a group stage encounter.
In recent times, this clash has ended in a stalemate in five from six occasions.
Denmark, without talisman Christian Eriksen, have scored four goals twice in the competition which will no doubt trigger a warning to their opponents.
The Czechs are no strangers to this stage of the event and are seeking their third semi-final appearance from four attempts.
The Danes will likely recall Yussuf Poulsen to their attacking lineup as he joins Mikkel Damsgaard. Captain and key defender Simon Kjaer will also be fit to start. He will no doubt have his hands full with the red-hot Patrick Schick looking to shoot his country into the next round.
Schick has scored in every match bar the side’s 1-0 defeat to England so far in Euro 2020.
“It’s the kind of chance we might never have again, a chance that we have worked incredibly hard for, for a long time. It’s a childhood dream. It’s many, many years’ work for lots of people,” said Kasper Hjulmand, the Denmark coach.
“We want to make the most of it and do everything to the best of our ability, prepare really well, follow through, and see what we have out there and how far that will take us.”
The winner of the tie will meet England or Ukraine in final four.
This match kicks off at 6pm on Saturday.