Bendtner devastated despite 2 goals at Euro 2012

Bendtner devastated despite 2 goals at Euro 2012

Published Jun. 13, 2012 8:46 p.m. ET

Nicklas Bendtner celebrated his 50th international game for Denmark with two goals but zero points and possible action from UEFA.

The center forward displayed ruthless efficiency against Portugal, heading in a goal in each half to single-handedly bring Denmark back into the game.

He has now scored in five matches against Portugal, including one friendly. But on Wednesday, it wasn't enough.

After the 3-2 loss, Bendtner politely received Pepe's hug, then walked away from the other players, hands on his hips.


''To lose in the last five minutes is very tough for us to take,'' Bendtner said. ''We felt that one point at that stage was a very good result for us. But then we lost in the last five minutes and we are very disappointed.''

It is possible Bendtner will face more grief if UEFA takes action against him for revealing the name of a gambling firm's name on his underwear while celebrating his second goal. Sponsor advertising is forbidden by players during the tournament.

''It's nothing,'' Bendtner said. ''I have some shorts that I got a while ago that bring me luck.''

Bendtner denied having a sponsorship deal with the betting firm and was reluctant to answer questions about the issue.

''Do you have any football questions?'' he asked reporters.

Bendtner is looking for a new club after failing to make regular starts at Arsenal. He spent the past season on loan at Sunderland, scoring eight goals in 28 appearances.

He has now scored 20 goals in 50 games for Denmark, and seems to always find his aim against Portugal.

''I think it's just coincidence. I try to score in every game,'' Bendtner said, adding he was happy with his team's performance, despite the loss.

Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen said it was important for the team that Bendtner was in goalscoring form.

''He showed that he was very sharp in the few opportunities that he had today,'' Andersen said. Bendtner scored on two of his three attempts, unlike Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, who wasted half a dozen chances.

''Lucky for us Ronaldo wasn't that sharp today,'' Andersen said. ''But at the end of the day we lost 3-2 so I'm sure Cristiano is the one who has a smile on his face.''