Denmark’s Poulsen: ‘This can’t be happening’
Denmark defender Simon Poulsen was having a good game against
the Netherlands on Monday when disaster struck just after the
Poulsen misjudged a seemingly harmless cross. Instead of
clearing the ball comfortably, he headed it into the back of
teammate Daniel Agger and watched it deflect across the goal
“I was just thinking, ‘this can’t be happening,”’ Poulsen
The 25-year-old, who plays club football for Dutch team AZ
Alkmaar, patiently answered reporters’ questions about the
situation and took full responsibility for the game-changing goal.
Denmark had frustrated the Netherlands until that point, but was
forced to relax its compact defense as it chased an equalizer.
“Of course I take it seriously. But what can I do?” he said.
“I can go cry and then they can send me home. But that’s not what
“You have to admit when it’s your fault and today it was my
mistake but I need to go forward.”
The 2-0 loss was Poulsen’s sixth international match for
Denmark coach Morten Olsen, who played for the national team in
the 1970s and ’80s, put his arm around Poulsen as he walked of the
“I said to him that it happened also for me one time in my
career,” Olsen said. “He has to forget it and he has to look
forward to the next game.”
Denmark plays Cameroon next in Group E.