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Denmark 2 – Portugal 3

English: Nicklas Bendtner warming up for Arsen...

Nicklas Bendtner – Scored Two For Denmark (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group B:
Denmark vs Portugal (2:3)
Ukrayina Stadion, Lviv.

With twenty minutes gone the game needed a goal.

The World United Through Football Denmark 0 – Portugal 1 (24 mins)
Pepe it was who brought the game to life, running to the front post to flick in a Portuguese corner.

The World United Through Football Denmark 0 – Portugal 2 (36 mins)
Hélder Postiga doubled Portugal’s advantage just working himself free-enough to slot home Nani’s short pass in the Danish penalty area.

The World United Through Football Denmark 1 – Portugal 2 (41 mins)
Denmark didn’t feel like going out of the tournament just yet; Nicklas Bendtner heading home to bring the Scandinavians back into the game.

Half-time: Denmark 1 – Portugal 2

Denmark’s spell of possession football was let down by Daniel Agger’s forward pass. The white shirts broke swiftly with Ronaldo, on the left, striding in fast on goal. Under increasing pressure from the returning Danes, Ronaldo chose to shoot early and Stephan Andersen was down well to block the effort.

Substitution
Dennis Rommedahl seemed to pull up with a hamstring injury on the hour; to be replaced by Tobias Mikkelsen.

Ronaldo’s night seemed to go from bad to worse when he slid the ball wide when face-to-face with the Danish keeper; twelve minutes from the end.

The game could have been out of reach for Denmark but two minutes later they were level.

The World United Through Football Denmark 2 – Portugal 2 (80 mins)
Nicklas Bendtner equalised for Denmark; heading in a wide cross from the right.

The World United Through Football Denmark 2 – Portugal 3
Porto’s Silvestre Varela, just on as a substitute for Raul Meireles, showed Ronaldo how it should be done; smashing the ball past Andersen.

With just injury time left to play, Denmark almost snatched another equaliser. The Portugal players on the bench held the collective breath and let out a huge sigh of relief when the referee’s whistle gave out its last couple of shrieks.

Final score: Denmark 2 – Portugal 3

Teams

Travel to Denmark
1-Stephan Andersen; 4-Daniel Agger, 3-Simon Kjaer, 5-Simon Poulsen, 6-Lars Jacobsen; 21-Niki Zimling, 7-William Kvist, 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli, 10-Dennis Rommedahl; 11-Nicklas Bendtner, 8-Christian Eriksen.

Travel to Portugal
12-Rui Patricio; 3-Pepe, 2-Bruno Alves, 5-Fábio Coentrão, 21-Joao Pereira; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-João Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles; 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 23-Hélder Postiga, 17-Nani.

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June 13, 2012 - Posted by | Denmark, Euro 2012, Match Reports, Portugal | , , , ,

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