3. Denmark’s run to the Semi-finals.
Denmark had succumbed to both Finland and Belgium in the opening matches of the group stage after the heart wrenching drama surrounding their star man Christian Eriksen.
Only victory would suffice in their final group game against Russia, and a crunching 4-1 victory in front of raucous home crowd in Copenhagen brought the feel good factor into full swing as the Danes somehow made it through, much to the joy of many neutral supporters as they became everybody’s second favourite team.
A swashbuckling 4-0 win over wales followed in the last sixteen, and a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic handed them a Semi-final berth against a highly fancied England side at Wembley.
Despite taking an early lead through a thunderous free kick by Mikkel Damsgaard the Danes would ultimately fall to the wayside, as England would go on to win the tie 2-1 after extra time.
Despite the defeat, this Denmark team produced an exciting and brave brand of football as they rode the emotional crest of a wave, after such a traumatic opening to their campaign.
This journey to the final four of the tournament rightly became the feel good story of the summer.