Denmark 1:0 Sweden: Late Jakob Poulsen Goal Wins It For The Danes
Denmark have qualified for the 2010 World Cup after beating Sweden 1-0 in Copenhagen.
Aarhus midfielder Jakob Poulsen was the hero for Denmark after beating the Swedish goalie with a good effort after 78 minutes to secure first spot in Group 1 of the UEFA World Cup qualification.
Both sides started the match with attacking intentions and the first chance of the match was for Denmark’s Michael Jakobsen, but the defender’s shot went wide of Andreas Isaksson’s goal.
Sweden coach Lars Lagerback relied on experienced striker Henrik Larsson to provide his side with goals and the former Celtic star almost opened the score after about fifteen minutes. However, Denmark shot stopper Thomas Sorensen denied the attacker with a good save.
The home side kept on creating chances and midfielder Martin Jorgensen should have gifted his team the lead, but Isaksson pulled off a classy save to keep the score level.
Anders Svensson opted to test the Denmark glovesman with a nice long range striker, but Sorensen was not impressed and the chance went begging.
Sweden and Denmark just continued entertaining the crown at the Parken Stadium after the interval, but it appeared as if the goalies were too strong to concede.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic caused the Danish defence all kinds of trouble and came close to breaking the deadlock. However, his good attempt did not surprise Sorensen.
Quick winger Dennis Rommedahl was eager to shoot the men in red to South Africa with a placed effort, but the shot did not trouble Isaksson, while Bendtner’s attempt to make it 1-0 was not successful either.
The away side thought to have opened the score via Henrik Larsson about twenty minutes before the final whistle. However, the referee disallowed the goal for offside, as Larsson was behing the Danish defence when Ibrahimovic set him up.
Holding midfielder Jakob Poulsen helped his side to the full three points and to a ticket for the 2010 World Cup with a goal after 78 minutes. Bendtner set up the Aarhus player and Poulsen beat Isaksson with a shot from about twenty yards.
The guests did their utmost to fight back in the remainder of the game, but they were simply unable to beat Sorensen and left the pitch with a 1-0 loss.
Denmark have qualified for South Africa as a result of today’s victory, while the Swedes can only hope that Hungary and Portugal share the spoils later on Saturday evening.