Spain plays the qualification to the quarterfinals against Denmark

The Spanish team will play a final against Denmark on Saturday. After losing to Germany on Tuesday, the team must at least draw to secure a place in the quarterfinals. Spain is the favorite and there is only one possibility, to beat the Danish team and play the next round against England (9:00 p.m. 1st).

“We have not imagined a scenario other than winning,” said Jorge Vilda. The national team will have to overcome the doubts generated in the two previous matches against Denmark. The ease of conceding goals at the beginning of the duels and the lack of goals has forced them to play the classification in the third game. In the two European Championship matches they have been scored in the first three minutes of play, a weakness they are already working on. “We have affected how these goals can be solved and have security in the first minutes. They have been punctual errors that can be resolved,” said Vilda.

Although the tie serves the team to qualify for the quarterfinals, the only approach is victory. “If you go out to draw, it will go wrong. Spain comes out to win. It is a final that we are convinced we can win“, admitted the coach. Denmark, the current European runner-up, has already recovered from the rout against Germany (4-0) by beating Finland by a minimum in the second game. For them, only victory will serve to access to the quarter-finals against England. The Danes have also raised doubts at the European Championship. After beating Brazil and Norway in the two games prior to the competition, the staging has not been as satisfactory, and they have shown two completely different versions.

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Although Denmark does not arrive at this European Championship as a favourite, it has proven to be very competitive. “He has won many games in the last minutes of the game. We can’t trust each other.” Vilda stated. The team’s biggest danger is Pernille Harder, winner of The Best in 2018 and 2020. The Chelsea striker has already shown her potential by scoring the winning goal against Finland. She, along with Nadia and Bruun, are the three key pieces for Denmark. And Irene Paredes shared a dressing room with Nadim and Bruun at PSG. “They are two players who complement each other very well. Brunn is a ‘9’ and Nadia moves better between the lines. We understand that he will play upstairs with Harder”, explained the captain.

The latest precedent between both teams is positive for Spain. They won 3-0 against the Danes last summer, with a goal from Patri Guijarro and a brace from Aitana Bonmatí. And while the Denmark coach has admitted having learned from the game and knowing how to beat the Spanish team now, for Jorge Vilda the context is totally different. “We study the rivals but they change when they play against us. We work with the players so that they are prepared for any scenario“, concluded the coach.


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