Denmark reaches Euros by beating Portugal 2-1

BY foxsports • October 11, 2011

Denmark qualified for next year's European Championship with a 2-1 victory over Portugal 2-1 on Tuesday.

The win means Denmark leapfrogged Portugal to finish atop Group H, while the Portuguese will have to go through a playoff for a spot in next year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Goals by Michael Krohn-Dehli and Nicklas Bendtner put Denmark up 2-0 by the 63rd minute before Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back with a free kick in injury time.

''It was fantastic,'' Denmark coach Morten Olsen said. ''All we maybe missed were a couple of more goals.''

Denmark won Group H with 19 points, three better than both Portugal and Norway. While Norway beat Cyprus 3-1, Portugal advanced to the two-legged playoff due to a better goal difference.

The Danes started strongly with Krohn-Dehli scoring from the edge of the box after converting Christian Eriksen's pass.

Portugal was under heavy pressure and didn't manage a good scoring opportunity until the 37th minute when Ronaldo tested goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who made a diving save. Nani then capped a Portuguese attack in the 43rd by sending a shot over goal.

Bendtner, Dennis Rommedahl and Krohn-Delhi all had chances early on after the restart before Sorensen was again diving to save a powerful shot by Nani in the 55th.

But Bendtner provided some comfort at the rain-soaked Parkden Stadium by scoring from Rommedahl's cross.

Ronaldo pulled one back in the second minute of injury time for the Portuguese, who lost for the first time since Paulo Bento took over as Portugal coach last year.

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Denmark: Thomas Sorensen, Niki Zimling (69, Christian Poulsen), Simon Kjaer, Andreas Bjelland, Michael Silberbauer (76, Simon Busk Poulsen), Lars Jacobsen, William Kvist, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Dennis Rommedahl (86, Jakob Poulsen), Nicklas Bendtner.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Eliseu (65, Ricardo Quaresma), Raul Meireles, Carlos Martins (65, Miguel Veloso), Joao Moutinho, Nani, Helder Postiga (77, Nuno Gomes), Cristiano Ronaldo.


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