With every Danish win so far, the dream of repeating 1992 has edged closer to reality.
If they can get another one over Czech Republic on Saturday, then they have every right to start believing.
It’s been a long, emotional tournament for Denmark so far. Christian Eriksen‘s collapse in their opening match was a moment of adversity it looked like they wouldn’t come back from, but a rampant win over Russia in their final group game sent them through in second place, and they haven’t looked back since.
They obliterated Wales in their last 16 match, running out 4-0 winners, and they look like one of the form teams as they aim to channel the spirit of the European Championship winners of 29 years ago and go all the way. But first up, it’s the Czech Republic, and that won’t be easy.
Here is the lineup Hjulmand is likely to send out.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – The Leicester keeper has already repeated his dad’s feat of winning the Premier League, and with every win at Euro 2020, he gets one step closer to doing the same at the European Championships.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – Scored an absolute screamer against Russia and looks in the mood at these championships.
Simon Kjaer (CB) – The long-serving captain will go level as their third-most capped player of all time if he returns from injury to face the Czechs. He is expected to be fit despite a scare against Wales.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – The towering Southampton defender’s form has convinced Hjulmand to stand by a back three so far and he seems likely to step in again.
Daniel Wass (RWB) – Missed out in the last 16 victory over Wales due to injury, and while Jens Stryger Larsen did a fine job in his place, the regular right wing-back will come back in if fit.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – Hasn’t missed a minute of the Euros so far and already has three assists to his name. The Tottenham midfielder is flying.
Thomas Delaney (CM) – Hasn’t completed 90 minutes yet as Hjulmand manages the injury-prone midfielder’s game-time, but he’s a regular starter and that seems unlikely to change any time soon.
Joakim Maehle (LWB) – The Atalanta man has been in inspired form at the Euros. He’s scored in their last two games and may have a big move on the cards very soon if he can keep it up in Serie A.
Martin Braithwaite (RW) – His strike-rate for his country may be less than inspiring but he netted for the tenth time against Wales and looks set to retain a place.
Kasper Dolberg (CF) – He’s had to wait patiently for his chances, but an injury to Yussuf Poulsen meant he was unleashed for the Wales game and he made it count with a double. Poulsen is back now, but may have lost his starting spot.
Mikkel Damsgaard (LW) – That’s unless the prodigious Damsgaard is given a rest. The 20-year-old, one of 90min’s Our 21, has thoroughly impressed thus far and got off the mark against Russia, but he does sit on a booking which means a yellow card would rule him out of the semi-final.