Denmark v Finland facts

Denmark will be looking to make the most of home advantage as they kick off their UEFA EURO 2020 campaign against Finland in Copenhagen – although their Nordic neighbours will be equally keen to make an impression in their first ever match at a final tournament.

• While this opening Group B fixture kicks off a ninth EURO appearance for 1992 winners Denmark, Finland are making their UEFA European Championship debut in the 2020 competition.

• Denmark last appeared in a EURO final tournament in 2012, and will be confident of making a positive start at Parken Stadium given their overall record against the Finns.

Previous meetings

Denmark captain Daniel Agger (right) in action against Finland in 2011, a game in which he scored Denmark's winner

Denmark captain Daniel Agger (right) in action against Finland in 2011, a game in which he scored Denmark’s winnerAFP via Getty Images

• This is the teams’ first meeting since a friendly in Esbjerg on 15 November 2011. Aleksei Eremenko gave Mixu Paatelainen’s visitors an unexpected lead on 17 minutes but Morten Olsen’s Denmark staged a second-half rally, two goals in three minutes just before the hour from Daniel Agger and Nicklas Bendtner securing a 2-1 victory.

• That made it one defeat in their last 22 game against Finland for the Danes (W15 D6), the sole reverse in that sequence a 2-1 loss in the Spanish resort of La Manga in February 2000, Vesa Vasara scoring twice for the Finns including an 89th-minute winner.

• That 22-match sequence also includes both the sides’ previous EURO contests, in qualifying for the 1988 finals. Denmark won 1-0 home and away, thanks to goals from Jens Jørn Bertelsen and Jan Mølby respectively, en route to the final tournament.

• Finland are without a win in Denmark since a 2-0 friendly success in September 1949 – only their second victory away to their neighbours, the other having come in October 1931 (3-2).

• Denmark’s home record against Finland since that 1949 defeat is W18 D3.

The teams drew 1-1 in their last game in Copenhagen, in August 2003

The teams drew 1-1 in their last game in Copenhagen, in August 2003AFP via Getty Images

• Finland’s record in Copenhagen overall is W2 D3 L22. Their last visit was a 1-1 friendly draw in August 2003, Jesper Grønkjær giving the home side a 42nd-minute lead before Aki Riihilahti earned Finland a draw with two minutes remaining.

• That was only the second match between the sides at Parken Stadium, following a 2-1 friendly win for Denmark in August 1994. Brian Laudrup and Morten Wieghorst scored second-half goals after Finland’s Kim Suominen had opened the scoring five minutes before the break.

EURO facts: Denmark
• This is Denmark’s ninth appearance in the UEFA European Championship, but only their second in the past four editions. They were eliminated in the group stage at UEFA EURO 2012, finishing third in their section behind Germany and Portugal with three points from three games.

• The Danes lost to Scandinavian neighbours Sweden in the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs, going down 4-3 on aggregate (1-2 a, 2-2 h).

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