Spain qualify for the quarter-finals 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 quarter-finals. Spain is the favorite and there is only one possibility, to beat the Danish team and play the next round against England (21:00 1st).

“We didn’t imagine any scenario other than victory,” said Jorge Vilda. The national team will have to overcome the doubts generated in the previous two matches against Denmark. The ease of conceding goals at the start of the duels and the lack of goals forced them to play for the classification from the third game. In both European Championship games they were scored within the first three minutes of play, a weakness they are already working on. “We have affected how these goals can be resolved and have security in the first minutes. These are one-time errors that can be fixed,” Vilda said.

Although the draw serves the team to qualify for the quarter-finals, the only approach is victory. “If you go out to draw, it will be bad. Spain emerges victorious. It’s a final we’re confident we can win“Admitted the coach. Denmark, current vice-champion of Europe, has already recovered from the rout against Germany (4-0) by beating Finland by a minimum in the second match. For them, only the victory will be used to access the quarter-finals against England. The Danes also raised doubts in the European Championship. After beating Brazil and Norway in the two games prior to the competition, the staging wasn’t as good, and they showed two completely different versions.

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If Denmark does not arrive at this European Championship as a favourite, it has proved to be very competitive. “He won many games in the last minutes of play. We can’t trust each other.” Vilda said. 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 Denmark’s three showpieces. And Irene Paredes shared a locker 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 he’ll be playing upstairs with Harder,” the captain explained.

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

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