Denmark 1-2 Belgium: De Bruyne, Lukaku inspire second-half comeback for Martinez’ men

Simon Kjaer of Denmark and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium
Simon Kjaer of Denmark and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium /IMAGO

Belgium came back from 1-0 down to secure a vital win in a thrilling group B match at EURO 2020 earlier today.

Denmark had made the perfect start, taking the lead just two minutes into the game through Yussuf Poulsen, but the Belgians did well to come back into the game into the second half and win it eventually.

Here at Anytime Football, we look at the major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Denmark started well, but failed to convert chances

Denmark were extremely motivated at the start of the game, and they managed to take the lead within the first couple of minutes when Pierre Emile Hojbjerg slipped the ball through to Poulsen, and the RB Leipzig star finished calmly into the bottom left corner.

However, the Danish outfit had three more chances in quick succession, and they could have easily wrapped up the game in the first half.

,Thibaut Courtois denied Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite missed a quality opportunity. Daniel Wass had an impressive headed opportunity as well, but Courtois produced a save to deny him.

The introduction of Kevin de Bruyne

Belgium were clearly struggling in the first half, and Roberto Martinez decided to change the game by bringing on his best midfielder Kevin de Bruyne at halftime.

The Manchester City midfielder created the equaliser for his side and scored from the long-range to secure all three points.

The Belgian put in a remarkable performance in the second half, creating two big chances. He also had the most touches in the opposition box and completed the most number of take ons.

If Belgium are to win the European Championships this summer, they will need the Manchester City star to stay fit and play every game.

The tribute to Christian Eriksen

Both teams and the fans in the stadium paid a lovely tribute to the Danish midfielder who suffered a cardiac arrest in the previous game.

The match was stopped in the 10th minute, and all the players and fans stood up and applauded in honour of the Inter Milan midfielder who is currently recovering from his ailment.