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Classy France cut down Denmark in opener

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.40CET
France 3-0 Denmark
World champions France gave warning of their EURO intentions with a commanding opening win.
Classy France cut down Denmark in opener
Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord celebrate against Denmark ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceDenmark

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.40CET

Classy France cut down Denmark in opener

France 3-0 Denmark
World champions France gave warning of their EURO intentions with a commanding opening win.

FIFA World Cup holders France served notice of their UEFA EURO 2000 ambitions with a comprehensive victory over Denmark in this Group D opener.

Laurent Blanc set Les Bleus on their way after 16 minutes, but it was a lovely solo effort from Thierry Henry after the hour that brought the crowd in Bruges to their feet. Substitute Sylvain Wiltord put the icing on the cake late on; the 3-0 scoreline did not flatter France.

Denmark started well enough, and almost stunned the world champions inside two minutes when Marcel Desailly's slip allowed Jesper Grønkjaer to race clear. Fabien Barthez rushed out to block and again came to France's rescue when John Dahl Tomasson fed Ebbe Sand in space in the area, getting down to his right to push away Sand's shot.

France settled and should have forged ahead on 14 minutes when Zinédine Zidane astutely played Nicolas Anelka clear. The Real Madrid CF striker rounded Peter Schmeichel, but found the side-netting with the goal beckoning. Anelka was soon racing clear again, and though Schmeichel managed to block his shot, Blanc was on hand to side-foot the loose ball in.

By now it was all France, with Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff pulling the strings. Zidane had Schmeichel scurrying to get across to his effort from the edge of the box, and as the game opened up Henry became prominent. He powered his way through on the left, holding off several challenges before shooting just wide from an acute angle as France ended an entertaining first half with a narrow, well-merited advantage.

Denmark poured forward after the restart, posing plenty of problems. Barthez pushed away Stig Tøfting's cunning free-kick and Tomasson glanced a header narrowly wide, but they looked vulnerable on the counterattack. The livewire Henry and Anelka went close, and on 64 minutes it was 2-0. Zidane's sublime pass sent Henry streaking clear on the left, and the Arsenal FC starlet picked his spot before sliding the ball past Schmeichel.

Denmark coach Bo Johansson rang the changes but his side had no answer to France's class, further underlined when Wiltord converted after Henry and Patrick Vieira had carved open the tiring rearguard with a brilliant one-two. The win could have been greater, with Schmeichel also making terrific saves to deny Wiltord and Zidane.

Last updated: 18/01/12 13.37CET

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Lineups

France

France

Denmark

Denmark

16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
1
SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel (GK) (C)
3
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
2
SchjønbergMichael Schjønberg
Yellow Card90
5
BlancLaurent Blanc (C)
Goal16
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen
6
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
Substitution58
5
HeintzeJan Heintze
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps
7
NielsenAllan Nielsen
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
9
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution82
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Substitution79
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
11
SandEbbe Sand
12
HenryThierry Henry
Goal64
12
ColdingSøren Colding
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
15
TøftingStig Tøfting
Substitution72
17
PetitEmmanuel Petit
19
BisgaardMorten Bisgaard
Substitution72

Substitutes

1
LamaBernard Lama (GK)
16
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
2
CandelaVincent Candela
22
KjærPeter Kjær (GK)
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Substitution58
4
HøghJes Høgh
11
PirèsRobert Pirès
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
13
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution82
Goal90
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Substitution72
14
MicoudJohan Micoud
13
LaursenMartin Laursen
18
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
14
NielsenBrian Nielsen
19
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
17
GoldbækBjarne Goldbæk
20
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
18
MolnarMiklos Molnar
21
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
20
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Substitution72
22
RaméUlrich Ramé
21
BeckMikkel Beck
Substitution79

Coach

Roger Lemerre (FRA) Bosse Johansson (SWE)

Referee

Günter Benkö (AUT)

Assistant referees

Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL), Yury Dupanau (BLR)

Fourth official

Michel Piraux (BEL)

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