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Holders Denmark draw with Portugal

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.20CET
Denmark 1-1 Portugal
Though the holders took the lead midway through the first half, they were left thankful for a point after an impressive start to Group D by Portugal.

Holders Denmark draw with Portugal
Luís Figo of Portugal (right) competes with Thomas Helveg of Denmark ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DenmarkPortugal

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.20CET

Holders Denmark draw with Portugal

Denmark 1-1 Portugal
Though the holders took the lead midway through the first half, they were left thankful for a point after an impressive start to Group D by Portugal.

Surprise champions in Sweden four years earlier, Denmark's defence started with an inauspicious and somewhat fortunate 1-1 draw against Portugal in Sheffield.

The Portuguese, built around a midfield which had helped to win the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989 and 1991, were a breath of fresh air. Their speed of mind, fleet of foot and intricate passing proved a constant source of confusion for Denmark, with the mop-haired Fernando Couto an equally important pillar in defence. They had, however, fallen behind to Brian Laudrup's goal midway through the first half, Sá Pinto equalising shortly after the break to earn Portugal a point that was the least their performance deserved.

Lacking only a reliable goalscorer, they were nevertheless left frustrated by the defending champions. So starved of possession were Denmark that their goal came from their only shot of the first half, Vítor Baía's clearance hitting Mikkel Beck on the head and flying out left to Brian Laudrup, who cut inside and finished emphatically.

Though taking the lead did little to buoy Richard Møller Nielsen's team, they did at least show mettle aplenty to claim a share of spoils in the Steel City. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel displayed particular resistance to limit the damage, stopping Rui Costa's free-kick, diving at João Pinto's feet and saving from Sá Pinto. Luis Figo was also denied on two occasions.

Parity was finally restored in the 53rd minute when Paul Sousa dispossessed Brian Laudrup and António Folha's cross bounced in the area for Sá Pinto to head in his first international goal. Denmark were largely on the back foot thereafter but could have snatched the victory when Claus Thomsen put a free header wide. A more clinical finish would have been unjust for Portugal, whose display earned acknowledgement from even the Danish fans.

Last updated: 19/01/12 13.42CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Portugal

Portugal

1
SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel (GK)
1
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK) (C)
2
HelvegThomas Helveg
Yellow Card30
3
Paulinho SantosPaulinho Santos
Yellow Card9
3
RieperMarc Rieper
4
OceanoOceano
Yellow Card24
Substitution37
5
HøghJes Høgh
5
CoutoFernando Couto
7
NielsenBrian Nielsen
8
João PintoJoão Pinto
Yellow Card73
8
ThomsenClaus Thomsen
Substitution83
9
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Yellow Card41
Goal53
9
BeckMikkel Beck
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
10
M. LaudrupMichael Laudrup (C)
13
DimasDimas
11
B. LaudrupBrian Laudrup
Goal22
16
HélderHélder
13
LarsenHenrik Larsen
Substitution90
19
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
Yellow Card58
Substitution79
14
RisagerJens Risager
Yellow Card14
20
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution62

Substitutes

4
OlsenLars Olsen
2
SecretárioSecretário
6
SchjønbergMichael Schjønberg
6
TavaresTavares
Substitution79
12
PiechnikTorben Piechnik
Substitution83
7
Vítor PaneiraVítor Paneira
15
AndersenErik Bo Andersen
11
CadeteJorge Cadete
16
HøghLars Høgh (GK)
12
AlfredoAlfredo (GK)
17
NielsenAllan Nielsen
14
BarbosaPedro Barbosa
18
VilfortKim Vilfort
Substitution90
15
DomingosDomingos
Substitution62
19
TøftingStig Tøfting
17
PorfírioHugo Porfírio
20
LaursenJacob Laursen
18
FolhaFolha
Substitution37
21
AndersenSøren Andersen
21
MadeiraPaulo Madeira
22
KroghMogens Krogh (GK)
22
CorreiaRui Correia (GK)

Coach

Richard Møller-nielsen (DEN) António Luis Oliveira Ribeiro (POR)

Referee

Mario van der Ende (NED)

Assistant referees

Jan Dolstra (NED), Berend Talens (NED)

Fourth official

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

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