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Two enough for Denmark

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 19.22CET
Luxembourg 0-2 Denmark High-flying hosts struggle for goals but take charge of Group 2.

Match statistics

LuxembourgDenmark

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 19.22CET

Two enough for Denmark

Luxembourg 0-2 Denmark High-flying hosts struggle for goals but take charge of Group 2.

Denmark moved two points clear of Norway at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 2 with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Luxembourg on Wednesday.

Complete dominance
Denmark, who beat Norway 1-0 on Saturday to go level with their Scandinavian neighbours on ten points ahead of tonight's fixtures, completely dominated the game, but found it difficult to turn their possession into goals.

Dogged defending
Charlton Athletic FC midfield player Claus Jensen gave the visitors the lead after 22 minutes as he latched on to a Morten Wieghorst pass to fire past Alija Besic. The travelling fans then expected the floodgates to open, but Allan Simonsen's side defended doggedly and held out until half-time.

Enjoyment for Olsen
Jensen, Morten Wieghorst, Martin Laursen and Ebbe Sand all had opportunities to add to the lead but Luxembourg held firm. There was a great atmosphere at the Stade Josy Barthel with an estimated 4,500 Danish 'rooligans' in the 6,869 crowd and Denmark coach Morten Olsen was able to sit back and enjoy the sight of his side picking up their second win in four days.

Unstoppable shot
Everton FC's Thomas Gravesen added a second goal five minutes into the second half with an unstoppable shot into the left-hand corner, picking up a Niclas Jensen pass and leaving Besic with no chance.

Skoubo debut
There was also a debut for Vfl Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Morten Skoubo, who replaced Ebbe Sand after 73 minutes with the three points assured. Wieghorst and Jesper Gronkjær also came off in the second half but the substitutions had little effect on the game.

Content Olsen
Olsen was delighted after the final whistle, saying the victory meant that his team had "completed their mission". He added: "I didn't feel that we were nervous at any time. Our relatively early goal gave us some peace and quiet but we knew all along that we would have to be patient. We also knew that the chances would come and when they come it is just a question of taking them."

Romania next
Denmark have now opened up a two-point lead at the top of their group as Norway were held 1-1 by Romania in Oslo in tonight's other fixture in the section. The Danes next play Romania at home in September, needing only a point to be sure of at least making the play-offs.

Last updated: 11/09/03 10.32CET

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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Denmark

Denmark

1
BešićAlija Bešić
1
SørensenThomas Sørensen
2
ReiterClaude Reiter
2
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
Substitution53
3
FederspielBen Federspiel
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen (C)
4
SchaulsManou Schauls
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
5
StrasserJeff Strasser
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
6
RemySébastien Remy
6
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
7
F. LeweckFons Leweck
Yellow Card43
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Goal50
8
MolitorGregory Molitor
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution64
9
PosingPatrick Posing
9
C. JensenClaus Jensen
Goal22
10
CardoniManuel Cardoni (C)
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
11
BraunGordon Braun
Substitution71
11
SandEbbe Sand
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
GilletStéphane Gillet
16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen
13
ChristopheMarcel Christophe
Substitution71
14
LarsenThomas Larsen
Substitution53
14
Di DomenicoSven Di Domenico
17
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution64
15
RohmannSacha Rohmann
18
SkouboMorten Skoubo
Substitution74
16
MannonPaul Mannon
12
NielsenPer Nielsen
17
EngeldingerGilles Engeldinger
13
SchultzThomas Schultz
18
ZhanNico Zhan
15
DalgasKaspar Dalgas

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Igor Kotkovski (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

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