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Aalborg BK came from behind to beat cup holders Esbjerg FB 2-1 one Monday night to join Midtjylland at the top of the Superligaen as the only two clubs with a maximum six points from their first two matches of the new season in Denmark. Emil Lyng had give Esbjerg a half time lead but AaB fought back well in the second half to win with a goal from midfielder Kasper Risgaard and an own goal by Peter Ankersen.
Midtjylland had maintained their own one hundred per cent record with an impressive home win over F.C. Kobenhavn at the MCH Arena on Sunday. Midfielder Petter Andersson scored the only goal of the game for Midtjylland against the champions, who now find themselves bottom of the table as the only team still on zero points following their opening weekend defeat by AaB.
Elsewhere there were wins for Aarhus at Vestsjaelland and Sonderjysk Elitesport at home to Brondby as well as draws between Nordsjaelland and Viborg at Farum Park and between Randers and Odense at AutoC Park Randers. The early leader in the goalscoring charts in Ronnie Schwartz of Randers, with three goals from two games.
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.
Denmark opened their World Cup 2010 campaign with their toughest game on paper, the fixture against the Dutch. To take anything from this game would have been a bonus but the Danes were outclassed in the end. They matched their opponents for the first 45 minutes, but fell behind to a comic own goal in the first minute after the restart when Simon Poulsen headed a cross on to the back of his team mate Daniel Agger and it rebounded into the net past a helpless Thomas Sorensen. Denmark never really looked like getting back into the game any any hope of a late equaliser was quashed when Kuyt added a second in the 85th minute.
The second group game, against Cameroon, will long be remembered in Denmark as one of the national team’s best performances in recent years. They recovered from the early setback of going a goal down to fashion a superb equaliser just after the half hour when Dennis Rommedahl crossed from the right wing for Nicklas Bendtner to stab home from close range. Bendtner returned the favour in the 61st minute when he picked out Rommedahl with an exquisite long-range diagonal pass, which the winger controlled and cut inside his man before neatly curling the ball inside the far post. The veteran Rommedahl rolled back the years, causing problems for Cameroon’s defence all night, and Denmark’s own back line held firm to secure the three points and set up what was effectively a play off for qualification against Japan.
With both teams on three points going into the game, it was winner takes all with a draw being good enough for Japan so the onus was more on the Danes to go looking for the victory. However, they couldn’t cope with the movement and speed of the Japanese play and found themselves trailing in the 17th minute to a free kick from Honda. Lightening struck twice 13 minutes later when Japan again scored direct from a free kick with Endo this time beating Thomas Sorensen’s desperate dive. Denmark didn’t manage to get back into the game until the last ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty, which was initially saved but striker Jon Dahl Tomasson followed up his spot kick to tap home the rebound. Hopes of an unlikely comeback were short lived, however, as Japan responded with a clinching third goal through Okazaki to confirm Denmark’s exit from the competition.
It was a tough group and Denmark just didn’t quite have enough quality in their squad to progress. A few of the veterans were playing in their last World Cup and perhaps didn’t quite have the legs to compete in three games in quick succession. There are several promising youngsters coming through to take their places – players like Simon Kjaer, Christian Eriksen and Nicklas Bendtner will have benefitted greatly from the experience and cam form the backbone of the team for years to come. Three points from three games and third place in Group E was probably a fair return this time around but they can afford to be optimistic about the future.
The Danish squad submitted to FIFA was as follows:
NUMBER – POSITION – NAME – AGE- CLUB
1 – GK – Thomas SORENSEN – 33 – Stoke City
16 – GK – Stephan ANDERSEN – 28 – Brondby
22 – GK – Jesper CHRISTIANSEN – 32 – Copenhagen
3 – DF – Simon KJAER – 21 – Palermo
4 – DF – Daniel AGGER – 25 – Liverpool
6 – DF – Lars JACOBSEN – 30 – Blackburn Rovers
13 – DF – Per KROLDRUP – 30 – Fiorentina
15 – DF – Simon POULSEN – 26 – AZ Alkmaar
23 – DF – Patrick MTILIGA – 29 – Malaga
2 – MF – Christian POULSEN – 30 – Juventus
5 – MF – William KVIST – 25 – Copenhagen
7 – MF – Daniel JENSEN – 30 – Werder Bremen
10 – MF – Martin JORGENSEN – 34 – AGF Aarhus
12 – MF – Thomas KAHLENBERG – 27 – Wolfsburg
14 – MF – Jakob POULSEN – 26 – AGF Aarhus
20 – MF – Thomas ENEVOLDSEN – 22 – Groningen
21 – MF – Christian ERIKSEN – 18 – Ajax
8 – FW – Jesper GRONKJAER – 32 – Copenhagen
9 – FW – Jon Dahl TOMASSON – 33 – Feyenoord
11 – FW – Nicklas BENDTNER – 22 – Arsenal
17 – FW – Mikkel BECKMANN – 26 – Randers
18 – FW – Soren LARSEN – 28 – MSV Duisburg
19 – FW – Dennis ROMMEDAHL – 31 – Ajax
Australia and Denmark faced each other in Roodepoort, South Africa in what was the second of each of their three-match World Cup warm up programmes. It was a tight and cagey affair, lacking in regular goalmouth action. The solitary strike came in the 71st minute when Australian striker Josh Kennedy latched on to a ball into the box to score from close in. It was the Nagoya Grampus striker’s seventh goal in eighteen appearances for the Socceroos and will do his case for a place in the regular starting line up no harm at all. The Danes weren’t able to muster up much of a response and the match ended 1-0.
Having beaten neighbours New Zealand 2-1 in their send-off match in Melbourne last week and dispatched Denmark today, Pim Verbeek’s on-form Australia squad next face the USA in Roodepoort on the 5th of June, eight days before taking on Germany in their first World Cup Group D fixture in Durban. With Harry Kewell set to return from injury, the signs are looking promising for the Socceroos.
Denmark beat Senegal 2-0 in their own send-off game in Aalborg five days ago and perhaps need slightly longer to acclimatise to the South Africa conditions following this result. Their last chance to fine tune their preparations comes against South Africa in Atteridgeville on the 5th of June, nine days before they take on Holland in their opening World Cup Group E fixture in Johannesburg. The hosts are in fine form and will provide a stern test for Morten Olsen’s men.
Australia 1-0 Denmark (01/06/2010)
46 Carney for Cahill
46 Valeri for Chipperfield
46 Holman for Garcia
73 Vidosic for Bresciano
73 Jedinak for Culina
76 Beauchamp for Moore
46 Poulsen for Jensen
46Rommedahl for Eriksen
62 Larsen for Enevoldsen
62 Gronkjaer for Tomasson
78 Jorgensen for Poulsen
82 Beckmann for Kahlenberg