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Copenhagen. Denmark has zero points after its first two matches at the European Championships.
But it is not because Kasper Hjulmand’s team has held back in relation to getting the ball sent off against the opponents’ goal.
In fact, Denmark is the most crazy team to finish in the final round, after all teams have now played their first two matches.
Denmark has tried 45 times, and that is a bit better than Italy, which has finished 37 times. It shows the official statistics of the European Football Association (UEFA).
The finishes are spread well across the Danish team, but Martin Braithwaite tops the individual list with nine finishes – including one within the frame, four passes and four blocked attempts.
Denmark must win Monday’s showdown against Russia in the Park if the team is to advance to the round of 16, but it will probably require a little more sharpness offensively than before.
Unlike Italy, which has scored six times in its 37 finishes, the efficiency for Denmark is tight.
Yussuf Poulsen’s 1-0 scoring in the 1-2 defeat against Belgium is so far the only Danish full hit.
12 of the 45 Danish trials have been within the target framework, and this is the second best in terms of numbers. Only Ukraine is better with 13 attempts within the framework.
But Denmark’s barely flattering 17 attempts past goals and 16 blocked attempts are also second best in the statistics – after Italy and Scotland respectively.
On the whole, the statistics paint a picture of an aggressive and inefficient Danish team.
According to Uefa, Denmark has had a total of 122 attacks launched in the matches against Finland and Belgium, and this is only surpassed by Spain’s 151 attacks. Italy is here third best with 112 attacks.
Measured by the number of completed posts, Denmark is also the best at the European Championships so far. 16 times the team has succeeded with one post, and that is two better than Slovakia’s 14.
However, the precision is not top notch. The team has beaten 52 posts, but only 31.5 percent reach a teammate, and it is the eighth best among the 24 teams at the European Championships.
/ ritzau /
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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