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Denmark‘s hopes of qualifying for World Cup 2014 in Brazil are all but over after they suffered a humiliating four nil defeat at the hands of Armenia in front of almost 15,000 fans at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. The Danes got off to the worst possible start when Spartak Moscow forward Yura Movsisyan gave Armenia the lead in the very first minute and it got even worse eighteen minutes later when Aras Ozbiliz doubled the advantage. A strong Denmark side containing the likes of Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli and promising young striker Andreas Cornelius failed to fight back and they fell even further behind in the 59th minute when Movsisyan got his second. It was left to much-sought-after Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to round off the scoring and complete Denmark‘s misery eight minutes from time. The result puts Armenia level with Denmark in joint fourth in Group B with six points each from six games, but they are both four points behind a play-off spot with only four games remaining.
In Group C, Sweden completed the formality of a victory at home against the Faroe Islands at the Friends Arena in Solna. Paris-Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic got both goals in the 2-0 win, the second coming from the penalty spot only three minutes after his team mate Andreas Granqvist had been sent off. The three points put the Swedes back level with Austria and the Republic of Ireland in the three way race for second place behind Germany. The three rivals for the play-off spot are all on eleven points with four games to go.
The other game of the night in the European qualifying tournament came in Group I where Belarus came from behind to draw 1-1 with Finland at the Cemtral Stadium in Gomel. Schalke 04 striker Teemu Pukki gave Finland the lead in the 22nd minute and they looked like holding on for the win until Krylya Sovetov’s Dmitriy Verkhovtsov equalised with only five minutes remaining. Neither team is likely to qualify from a group that has been dominated by Spain and France.
South Korea continued their World Cup build up with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Belarus in front of a small crowd in Kufstein, Austria. Successive 2-0 victories over Ecuador, at home in Seoul, and away against Japan with a particularly impressive performance in Saitama, had raised confidence levels in the Korean camp but they will have been brought back down to earth somewhat with this result.
This was the first of two matches for the Koreans at their pre-world cup altitude training camp in Austria, and perhaps they need longer to adjust to the conditions. Coach Huh Jung-Moo fielded a strong side but they tired in the second half and succumbed to a 53rd minute strike from the edge of the box by Dinamo Minsk midfielder Syarhey Kislyak, who marked his 6th cap for Belarus with his maiden international goal.
South Korea now have one more friendly fixture in which to fine tune their preparations for the finals. They face much fancied Spain in Innsbruck on the 3rd of June before heading to South Africa in advance of their opening World Cup Group B fixture against Greece in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth on the 12th of June.
Belarus 1-0 Korea Republic (30/05/2010)
32 Lee Jung-Soo for Kwak Tae-Hwi
73 Seungyoul Lee for Chu-young Park