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Familiar foes Denmark and Slovenia meet again in Euro Group C opener

Both sides finished on 22 points and qualified automatically with the Danes topping the group due to a better record against Slovenia but, despite knowing their opponents well, Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark expect a different challenge in Germany

Reuters Stuttgart Published 16.06.24, 11:23 AM
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There will be more than a hint of familiarity when Denmark take on Slovenia in their opening Group C encounter at Euro 2024 in Stuttgart on Sunday, with the Danes having edged out the Slovenians in a thrillingly close qualifying group.

Both sides finished on 22 points and qualified automatically with the Danes topping the group due to a better record against Slovenia but, despite knowing their opponents well, Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark expect a different challenge in Germany.

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"We know exactly what Slovenia are, they have quality as well, so it's going to be an exciting group," Denmark assistant coach Morten Wieghorst said.

"But if you compare them to the qualifying campaign, the games we play in the Euros will be different, they will have a different nature, so it will be a great challenge."

Slovenia showed the kind of quality Wieghorst referred to when they drew 1-1 at home to Denmark almost a year ago, but a 2-1 win in Copenhagen in November gave the Danes the advantage they needed to top the standings.

However, they continued to be plagued by the problems that beset them at the Qatar World Cup, where Denmark suddenly struggled to break down opponents and create chances before crashing out at the group stage.

In contrast, the Slovenians have gone unbeaten since their defeat in Copenhagen.

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