Denmark beats Sweden 2-0 in friendly
Nicklas Bendtner and Michael Krohn-Dehli scored to give Denmark
a 2-0 win over Sweden on Friday in a friendly that served as the
start of both teams’ preparations for next year’s European
Denmark pressed the visitors from the start but didn’t break the
deadlock until the 35th minute when Bendtner received a cross from
Lars Jacobsen, calmly downed the ball in the area and side-footed
past Sweden goalie Johan Wiland. Krohn-Dehli added the second goal
in the 79th after a Danish counterattack.
”We had the game, we controlled it,” Denmark coach Morten
Olsen said, adding that ”we have some great opportunities” for
succcess at Euro 2012.
Emir Bajrami was inches from an equalizer in the 42nd minute
when his shot bounced off goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen’s knee and hit
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had several attempts for
Sweden, and forced Sorensen to tip his effort over the net with his
fingertips in the 57th.
”I don’t think we were as aggressive as we usually are in
competitive matches,” Ibrahimovic said. ”We can do a lot better
The Scandinavian neighbors have both qualified for next year’s
tournament in Ukraine and Poland. Denmark snatched an automatic
spot at the expense of Portugal by winning Group H, and Sweden
finished as the runner-up with the best record across the nine
Sweden plays England at Wembley on Tuesday and the Danes host
Finland, also in friendlies.
Denmark: Thomas Sorensen, Daniel Agger, Simon Busk Poulsen, Lars
Jacobsen, William Kvist, Christian Eriksen (Lasse Schone, 56),
Michael Krohn-Dehli, Dennis Rommedahl (Daniel Wass, 46), Nicklas
Bendtner (Nicolai Jorgensen, 70), Andreas Bjelland (Jores Okore,
61), Niki Zimling (Christian Poulsen, 82).
Sweden: Johan Wiland, Mikael Lustig (Andreas Granqvist, 61),
Olof Mellberg, Emir Bajrami (Christian Wilhelmsson, 46), Sebastian
Larsson, Anders Svensson (Samuel Holmen, 84), Kim Kallstrom (Rasmus
Elm, 46), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Alexander Gerndt, 63), Johan Elmander
(Ola Toivonen, 56), Behrang Safari, Jonas Olsson.