Saturday’s quarterfinal clash is the third meeting between the Czech Republic and Denmark at the European Championship – the Czechs have won both previous games, 2-0 in the EURO 2000 group stages and 3-0 in the 2004 quarterfinal.
Five of the last six matches between the Czech Republic and Denmark have ended as draws, including their most recent encounter in a November 2016 friendly. The other game in this run was a 3-0 Denmark win in a March 2013 World Cup qualifier.
With a 4-1 victory against Russia and a 4-0 victory against Wales, Denmark became the first team in European Championship history to score 4-plus goals in consecutive games in the competition. They have nine goals so far at Euro 2020, only scoring more in a major tournament in the 1986 World Cup (10).
This is the Czech Republic’s fourth European Championship quarterfinal, progressing from two of the previous three (1996 v Portugal, 2004 v Denmark) but failing the last time they reached this stage in 2012, losing 1-0 to Portugal.
Denmark are averaging 18.8 shots and 7.3 shots on target per game so far at Euro 2020. Both are their highest numbers on record at a single edition at a major tournament (since 1966 – World Cup and Euro).
Denmark have lost their last two quarterfinal ties in major tournaments (World Cup/Euros), going out against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup (2-3) and against Czech Republic in Euro 2004 (0-3).
Having scored with just one of their first 44 shots at Euro 2020 (2 per cent conversion), Denmark have now scored with eight of their last 31 in the competition (26 per cent).
Mikkel Damsgaard has been directly involved in seven goals in his six appearances for Denmark in all competitions, scoring three and assisting four. Damsgaard created more chances than any other Danish player in their 4-0 victory against Wales in the last round (3).
Patrik Schick has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances for the Czech Republic, netting four goals in four games at Euro 2020 so far. Only five players have scored 5-plus goals in their first ever Euro tournament, most recently Antoine Griezmann in 2016 for France (six goals), while one of the other previous five was Schick’s compatriot Milan Baros at Euro 2004 (five).
Patrik Schick has scored three left-footed goals for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, the most of any player. In European Championship history, the only player to score more than three left-footed goals in a single tournament was Antoine Griezmann at Euro 2016 for France (4).