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Platini punishes Danes in France's opener

Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 14.00CET
France 1-0 Denmark
The tournament favourites were made to sweat but got their campaign off to a winning start thanks to Michel Platini's strike with 12 minutes left.
Platini punishes Danes in France's opener
Michel Platini of France celebrates his winning goal ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 14.00CET

Platini punishes Danes in France's opener

France 1-0 Denmark
The tournament favourites were made to sweat but got their campaign off to a winning start thanks to Michel Platini's strike with 12 minutes left.

An expectant Parisian crowd was forced to wait until 12 minutes from time for France to open their 1984 account against Denmark.

The tournament hosts kept hold of that lead, given to them by Michel Platini, to record a narrow victory at the Parc des Princes. Platini was well shackled by Klaus Berggreen for much of the game, but found sufficient space late on to fire a shot – via the slightest of deflections off a Danish defender's head – past Ole Qvist.

It was a disappointing start for the Danes, who had already been dealt a major blow just before half-time when the influential Allan Simonsen, European Footballer of the Year back in 1977, suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Yvon Le Roux.

The tournament favourites had done enough, with the industry of Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana laying a similar platform for Platini as they had at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Two years later and it was a sign of what was to come once again.

Last updated: 04/01/12 23.06CET

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Lineups

France

France

Denmark

Denmark

1
BatsJoël Bats
20
QvistOle Qvist
5
BattistonPatrick Battiston
3
BuskSøren Busk
4
BossisMax Bossis
4
OlsenMorten Olsen (C)
15
Le RouxYvon Le Roux
Substitution60
5
NielsenIvan Nielsen
2
AmorosManuel Amoros (C)
Red Card87
6
LerbySøren Lerby
14
TiganaJean Tigana
7
BertelsenJens Jørn Bertelsen
7
GiresseAlain Giresse
9
SimonsenAllan Simonsen
Substitution44
10
PlatiniMichel Platini
Goal78
15
ArnesenFrank Arnesen
Substitution80
6
FernándezLuis Fernández
14
M. LaudrupMichael Laudrup
17
LacombeBernard Lacombe
10
ElkjærPreben Elkjær
11
BelloneBruno Bellone
11
BerggreenKlaus Berggreen

Substitutes

3
DomergueJean-François Domergue
Substitution60
13
LauridsenJan M Lauridsen
Substitution44
8
OlsenJesper Olsen
Substitution80

Coach

Michel Hidalgo (FRA) Josef Emmanuel Piontek (GER)

Referee

Volker Roth (GER)

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