Denmark edge through as runners-up as Serbia exit after tame draw

Any thesis on why 24 teams should never have been permitted in the European Championship must feature this game. A stiflingly hot evening in Bavaria saw Denmark and Serbia do absolutely nothing to prove the expansion of this tournament has increased entertainment levels. The occasion was notable for Christian Eriksen winning his 133rd cap, a record for a male Danish player, and … that was about it.

Serbia had threatened to withdraw from the Euros last week. Two games later, they have exited anyway. This will be met with general shrugs. Denmark and Eriksen have prolonged their stay in Germany. Still, it was impossible to watch the Danes here – functional, physical, little nuance – and foresee them making impact beyond the last 16. Denmark will argue with a degree of legitimacy that it was Serbia who needed to win here but there was literally nothing from either team worth getting excited by.

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