Denmark vs Finland, Euro 2021: What time is kick-off on Saturday, what TV channel is it on and what’s our prediction?
Finland begin the first major tournament in their history with a clash against Scandinavian rivals Denmark.
These two sides have not played each other since 2011, but Denmark are buoyant and have been tipped as dark horses for a run into the latter stages of the competition.
Kasper Hjulmand’s have lost only twice in 13 matches and have an impressive attacking midfield trident led by ex-Spurs maestro Christian Eriksen, who has just won Serie A with Inter Milan. Denmark and Finland are joined in Group B by Belgium and Russia.
When is Denmark vs Finland?
The match takes place on Saturday, June 12 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
What time is kick-off?
The match will kick off at 5pm.
What TV channel is it on?
This game will be broadcast on BBC One. The TV rights for the tournament are shared by BBC and ITV.
Finland are finally ready to make their bow at the finals of a major soccer tournament and will be basing their template for success on Iceland and Sweden as they take on Denmark, Russia and Belgium in Group B.
For more than a century their biggest achievement has been a fourth-place finish at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm when Finland was still part of the Russian Empire, but captain Tim Sparv and striker Teemu Pukki are ready to write a new chapter.
“Iceland and Sweden have served as inspiration. Sweden qualify for a major tournament almost every time and it became almost the new normal for them – for us in Finland it’s definitely not normal,” Sparv told Reuters with a smile.
“I hope that we’ll get to that level in the coming decades. For me it’s really important that this is not a one-off thing.” Sparv’s team have made it one step further than Finland’s “golden generation”, which featured the likes of Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypia but never reached a major tournament. Reuters
Every time the European Championship comes around, the same question is asked: Can Denmark repeat their 1992 success when they were called in as late replacements for Yugoslavia and shocked the soccer world by winning the tournament in Sweden?
Back then there were only eight teams in a cut-throat competition in which every mistake was punished, and the new format with more teams, now 24, and more ways to make it out of the group will benefit Kasper Hjulmand’s side.
He was due to take over from Age Hareide after the finals, but the postponement of this tournament for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic sees him in the hot-seat.
The key to Denmark’s success will be the performances of three senior players who make up the backbone of the team – goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, centre-back Simon Kjaer and playmaker Christian Eriksen. Reuters