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Denmark survive scare to go through

Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 11.45CET
Denmark 3-2 Belgium
Denmark needed only a draw but fell two behind before mounting a comeback which put them through at their opponents' expense.
Denmark survive scare to go through
Frank Arnesen was instrumental in Denmark's comeback ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DenmarkBelgium

Goals scored3
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:06 CET

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Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 11.45CET

Denmark survive scare to go through

Denmark 3-2 Belgium
Denmark needed only a draw but fell two behind before mounting a comeback which put them through at their opponents' expense.

Needing only a draw to progress, Denmark went one better and strode through to the semi-finals with a 3-2 triumph over Belgium.

Sepp Piontek's team's superior goal difference going into the game meant Belgium could not go above them with anything less than victory. Piontek, though, knew his defence was not one designed to play for a point and therefore instructed them to attack instead – and nearly paid the price.

The outlook was bleak for the Danes after 39 minutes. Jan Ceulemans gave Belgium the lead, profiting from fine work by Georges Grün, and then Frankie Vercauteren added a second, beating Morten Olsen before volleying the ball over goalkeeper Ole Qvist.

Denmark suddenly needed two goals to survive. They got one within two minutes, Frank Arnesen doing the necessary from the penalty spot after Walter de Greef had been penalised for a foul on Preben Elkjær. Belgium could have restored their two-goal advantage just after the interval but Erwin Vandenbergh, with only the keeper to beat, allowed Qvist to make a comfortable save. That moment cost Belgium the game.

Kenneth Brylle Larsen headed in Arnesen's cross to make it 2-2 after an hour before Elkjær completed the turnaround on 84 minutes. The Danish No11's performance warranted a goal and he duly provided one of appropriate class, beating Eddy Voordeckers and De Greef before knocking the ball over Jean-Marie Pfaff. It was a suitable conclusion to an extraordinary game and an astounding group.

Last updated: 04/01/12 22.49CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Belgium

Belgium

1
QvistOle Qvist (GK)
1
PfaffJean-Marie Pfaff (GK)
2
RasmussenOle Rasmussen
Substitution58
2
GrünGeorges Grün
3
OlsenMorten Olsen (C)
3
ClijstersLei Clijsters
4
BuskSøren Busk
4
De GreefWalter De Greef
5
NielsenIvan Nielsen
5
De WolfMichel De Wolf
6
ArnesenFrank Arnesen
Goal41
Substitution78
6
VercauterenFrank Vercauteren
Goal39
Substitution62
7
BerggreenKlaus Berggreen
7
VandereyckenRené Vandereycken
8
BertelsenJens Jørn Bertelsen
8
ScifoEnzo Scifo
9
LerbySøren Lerby
9
CeulemansJan Ceulemans (C)
Goal26
10
M. LaudrupMichael Laudrup
10
ClaesenNico Claesen
Substitution46
11
ElkjærPreben Elkjær
Goal84
11
VandenberghErwin Vandenbergh

Substitutes

12
Brylle LarsenKenneth Brylle Larsen
Substitution58
Goal60
12
CoeckLudo Coeck
Substitution46
13
SivebækJohn Sivebæk
Substitution78
13
VoordeckersEddy Voordeckers
Substitution62

Coach

Josef Emmanuel Piontek (GER) Guy Thys (BEL)

Referee

Adolf Prokop (GER)

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