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

Championship.

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

the post.

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

than this.”

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

groups.

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.