On The Ball: Marauding full-backs and lopsided formations turning Euro 2020 on its head

Denmark's Joakim Maehle seen during the Uefa Euro 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 21, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Denmark were deprived of their stricken playmaker Christian Eriksen. They had no like-for-like replacement. So they reshaped their team and created a new threat by turning to their full-backs and turned them into wing-backs.

It felt fitting when the marauding Joakim Maehle scored their fourth goal against Russia but perhaps it was more revealing that between them, he and Daniel Wass had five shots against the world's No. 1 team, Belgium. Each was a relentless runner.

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