Denmark beats Iceland 2-0 in Euro 2012 qualifying

Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen scored second-half goals as

Denmark beat Iceland 2-0 on Saturday to move level on points with

Portugal and Norway at the top of Group H in European Championship

qualifying.

Schone, who plays for NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch league, was

introduced as a substitute at halftime and opened the scoring in

the 60th minute.

Fellow midfielder Eriksen, Ajax’s highly rated playmaker, sealed

maximum points 15 minutes later for Morten Olsen’s side.

Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Norway later Saturday lifted Paulo

Bento’s side top of the table on goal difference but Denmark’s win

left all three teams on 10 points after five matches, with three

remaining.

Iceland, which has never beaten Denmark, remained bottom and

without a win from its first five matches.

The hosts were under the cosh throughout a one-sided first half

but went into the break level, with Bo Svensson, Nicklas Bendtner

and Eriksen all squandering good chances for the Danes.

Eidur Gudjohnsen threatened twice at the other end in the final

moments of the first half before Schone gave Denmark the lead,

collecting a pass from Niki Zimling and smashing a shot into the

top corner from outside the area.

Eriksen wrapped up the victory in the 75th, when he ran onto

Dennis Rommedahl’s lay-off to find the bottom corner with a precise

finish.

Lineups:

Iceland: Stefan Magnusson, Birkir Saevarsson, Kristjan

Sigurdsson, Hermann Hreidarsson (captain), Olafur Skulason (Alfred

Finnbogason, 67), Eidur Gudjohnsen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Heidar

Helguson (Johann Gudmundsson, 77), Bjarni Eiriksson, Aron

Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

Denmark: Thomas Sorensen (captain), Niki Zimling, Simon Kjaer,

Bo Svensson, Simon Poulsen, Lars Jacobsen, William Kvist (Christian

Poulsen, 60), Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli (Lasse Schone,

46), Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner.