Today’s European Cup


Czech Republic  17:00  Denmark

Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand says Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against the Czech Republic in Baku “is a chance we might never have again”.

The winner faces England or Ukraine at Wembley in the semi-finals.

The Danes have scored four goals in each of their last two games, including a 4-0 win over Wales in the last 16, while the Czechs upset the Netherlands.

Hjulmand, whose country won Euro ’92, said: “It’s many years’ work for lots of people.

“We want to make the most of this chance.”

Czech boss Jaroslav Silhavy says Denmark’s strength is their team spirit.

They had a strong bond even before midfielder Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in their opening game with Finland. That galvanised them further, with Eriksen, 29, now recovering at home.

“The team, the Danish team and the team spirit,” Silhavy said when asked to name Denmark’s best player.

“That’s an immense power. The Danes don’t have superstars, but they form a great team together and their style is similar to ours.”

Neither side are likely to have too many fans in Baku, which is on the far south-eastern edge of Europe.

“It was fantastic, with all those Czech fans [in Budapest for the last round], and I’m afraid this will be a very different experience,” said Silhavy.

Midfielder Antonin Barak said: “I don’t understand this and I haven’t got over it yet.

“We won’t be able to get our fans and our families there. If we played in Copenhagen, they would be at home, but we could still get lots of Czech fans there.”


Ukraine 20:00 England

Venue: Olimpico

Winger Bukayo Saka suffered a “slight knock” in training on Friday but other than that the Three Lions have a fully-fit squad.

However, Southgate has to decide whether to keep the same starting line-up that played against Germany or make changes.

He implemented a 3-4-3 formation for the win against Germany and he must decide whether to revert to a back four.

Midfielder Jack Grealish came on as a substitute in that win with the score 0-0 before laying on the assist for Harry Kane to make it 2-0 after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring.

Midfielder Mason Mount was an unused substitute after only just completing self-isolation, and could return to the side.

Four players would miss a potential semi-final if they receive a yellow card against Ukraine, including defender Harry Maguire and midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice.

All three were booked against Germany and a second yellow would trigger an automatic ban for the next game. Forward Phil Foden was booked in the first group game against Croatia but did not play against Germany.

“We won’t make any decisions based on yellow cards,” added Southgate. “It would be an insult to Ukraine.”

Ukraine will be without forward Artem Besedin for approximately six months after suffering a knee ligament injury in the last-16 win over Sweden.

Captain Andriy Yarmolenko, who has scored two goals in four games at Euro 2020, was forced off in that game with an apparent injury but is hoping to be fit.

Yarmolenko is one of four players on a yellow card, with the other three Artem Dovbyk, who hit the 120th-minute winner against Sweden, Mykola Shaparenko and fellow midfielder Serhiy Sydorchuk.