29 min: Hojbjerg is inches away from a proper screamer. His effort from 25-odd yards zips just wide of the post, with Saforov at full stretch. That’s as close as Denmark have come so far.
28 min: Further howls as Kudryashov thunders into Wass with the Denmark wing-back rising high for a header. He’s deservedly booked.
25 min: Poulsen fouls Ozdoev down by the corner flag. It’s been a good 10 minutes since Denmark created anything resembling an attack.
21 min: Another Russia break and it’s suddenly four on three. Zobnin’s pass is toed away by Christensen for a corner …
19 min: Dzyuba wangs an effort wide from Miranchuk’s cross but this has been Russia’s best spell of the game so far.
16 min: The first save of the game, and surprisingly it’s Schmeichel who has made it. Golovin ghosts through midfield with barely a challenge registering and suddenly he is bearing down on goal. He checks past one last defender, though, narrowing his angle and Schmeichel is able to save pretty comfortably with his feet. That was a very decent chance.
14 min: Thunk! Kuzyaev hammers into Poulsen to win the ball. Thunk! Poulsen forcefully takes it back! THUNK! Dzyuba does likewise and concedes a free-kick.
12 min: Damsgaard and Maehle threaten down the left, but Mario Fernandes does very well to keep his head and prevent a cross coming in. As the ball is cleared, Dzyuba wins a free-kick to relieve the pressure a little.
11 min: Wass goes long in search of the surging Delaney, who can’t quite bring the ball under his spell. One-way traffic at the moment, though.
9 min: Braithwaite gets down the right and fizzes in a cross, which is headed behind for a corner … but as it floats towards Christensen at the back post, the referee blows for a free-kick after Diveev tumbles to the turf.
8 min: Out of possession Russia are falling in to something approaching a 5-1-4-0, with even Dzyuba dropping deep.
7 min: Safonov has to charge out of his goal to awkwardly knee a long ball out for a throw in.
5 min: Maehle floats a cross into the Russia box from wide on the left but a Russian head rises to meet it. Denmark beginning to get a grip on the game now.
3 min: A stop in play as Dzyuba – something of a unit, it’s fair to say – clatters into Kjaer. The Denmark captain is soon back up though.
2 min: A scrappy opening couple of exchanges with each team seemingly keen to hand possession to the other.
Peep! Off we go then. For the anthems, Denmark were in red training tops, Russia in white. For the game itself Denmark are in white, Russia in red.
“Schmeichel playing striker in Denmark’s 3-4-4?” asks Paul Pooley. “Or are they gonna play with 12? It happens. I’m a long-suffering, er, long-serving referee and that is why we count players on the pitch before we start or restart a game.” As a ton of you have pointed out, in the teams I had Denmark playing in a revolutionary 3-4-4 formation. Just to clarify, umm, they’re not.
With all the potential for mathematical fun this evening, I wandered back through the last few tournaments to see if we’d ever got to the coin-toss stage. Generally it doesn’t happen, though there was this in 2004, coincidentally enough involving Denmark …
Russia (3-4-3): Safonov; Diveev, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Mario Fernandes, Ozdoez, Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Miranchuk, Dzyuba, Golovin.
Denmark (3-4-4): Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard; Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle; Braithwaite, Poulsen, Damsgaard.
So Denmark are unchanged from the side against Belgium. For Russia Fyodor Kudryashov replaces Dmitri Barinov.
Of course, thoughts in Denmark have understandably not really been on goal difference equations and head-to-head complications.
If you missed it on Sunday, the Observer had this wonderful piece from Danish journalist Tom Carstensen on the heroes of Copenhagen, how Eriksen’s life was saved and what it meant for the nation.
We are so proud of the players and staff and how they have conducted themselves. The team can still progress but no one really cares about that. We are thinking about what is important: Christian Eriksen is alive.
Hello all. So to Copenhagen, where both sides can still reach the knockout stages. Let’s have a look at The Permutations.
Russia win! They go through. Denmark are out. Easy that one.
A draw! Russia go through in second spot as long as Finland don’t spring a surprise and beat Belgium. Denmark are out. So far, so straightforward
Denmark win! Now it gets interesting. Finland would be through in second spot with a draw (or top if they beat Belgium) while the more likely defeat would leave three teams on three points. In that scenario a 1-0 win for Denmark would put the head-to-head table all square on goal difference and goals scored, so the goal difference against Belgium would come back into play – bad news for Russia, but obviously dependent on the Finland-Belgium scoreline. A two-goal win (or more) for Denmark would put them through, while a 2-1 win would also be enough, as would a 3-2 and so on, because that would elevate both these sides above the Finns on goals scored in their head-to-head triumvirate, and then their results against Belgium would come back into play to separate Denmark and Russia.
Clear? Good. There’s also the possibility of three teams finishing on six points – if Russia and Finland both win – which would most likely see Russia qualify as one of the best third placed teams, unless Finland absolutely batter Belgium which would mean … ah, let’s just see what happens.
Kick off 8pm BST.