Denmark rallies to beat Finland 2-1 in friendly

BY foxsports • November 15, 2011

Nicklas Bendtner scored a second-half winner as Denmark came from a goal down to beat Finland 2-1 in their friendly international on Tuesday.

Alexei Eremenko gave Finland an early lead but Daniel Agger and Bendtner scored after the break to thwart the Finns' hopes of an away victory.

Eremenko pounced in the 17th minute after Denmark goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard could only parry an earlier effort.

Denmark was sharper in the second half with Agger scoring after a free kick taken by Lasse Schone in the 57th minute. Two minutes later, Bendtner notched the winner following a long shot from Tobias Mikkelsen.

After a disappointing first half, the home team put on a more dynamic game for the last 45 minutes.

''It is great to win. We didn't play very well during the first half ... actually it was awful,'' said Bendtner.

Denmark hoped for an early goal through Ivory Coast-born defender Jores Okore's powerful header in the 10th minute, but it was held by goalkeeper Otto Fredrikson in a diving catch.

Toward the end of the second half, Finland's Perparim Hetemaj and Teemu Pukki both had attempts.

The Danes were playing Finland as part of their preparations for next year's European Championship. Denmark snatched an automatic spot at the expense of Portugal by winning Group H while Finland failed to qualify from Group E.


Denmark: Anders Lindegaard, Jores Okore, Daniel Agger, Lars Jacobsen, William Kvist (Christian Poulsen, 46), Michael Krohn-Dehli, Nicklas Bendtner (Mikkel Beckmann, 86), Daniel Wass (Tobias Mikkelsen, 46), Lasse Schone (Christian Eriksen, 69), Michael Silberbauer, Martin Jorgensen (Jakob Poulsen, 54).

Finland: Otto Fredrikson (Lukas Hradecky, 31), Petri Pasanen (Mika Ojala, 77), Niklas Moisander (Ville Jalasto, 89), Veli Lampi, Markus Halsti, Roman Eremenko, Alexei Eremenko (Daniel Sjolund, 24), Tim Sparv, Alexander Ring (Perparim Hetemaj, 67), Kasper Hamalainen, Teemu Pukki.

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