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Late leveller keeps Denmark top

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2003, 23.38CET
Denmark 2-2 Romania Martin Laursen leaves it to the last possible moment to save Denmark in Copenhagen.

Match statistics

DenmarkRomania

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 10 September 2003, 23.38CET

Late leveller keeps Denmark top

Denmark 2-2 Romania Martin Laursen leaves it to the last possible moment to save Denmark in Copenhagen.

Denmark left it to the last possible moment to score an equaliser against Romania in their thrilling UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier at the Parken stadium. The visitors had come back from a goal down to lead 2-1, until defender Martin Laursen struck in the fifth minute of added time to salvage a draw.

Denmark control
The result does not guarantee Denmark qualification from Group 2, but means they retain the leadership. Romania will now need to look to a play-off to qualify for Portugal. It was a bitter blow for Anghel Iordanescu's side, who wasted three golden chances to score a third goal in the closing stages.

Tomasson included
The build up to the game was filled with expectation, as both sides could still qualify as winners of the section. Denmark were buoyed by the inclusion of star striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, who was soon causing the visitors problems. On 12 minutes, many in the ground thought the hosts had the lead as Niclas Jensen curled a powerful free-kick into the sidenetting.

Penalty paid
The opening goal arrived in the 35th minute. With the Romanian defence on the back foot, Adrian Iensci felled Tomasson in the box. The AC Milan striker got up and took it himself, sending a powerful right-footed spot-kick past the outstretched arms of Bogdan Lobont.

Chivu denied
After the break, Romania took the game to their hosts in increasingly cavalier fashion. Ioan Ganea missed the first chance on 53 minutes following fine play from Razvan Rat. Soon after the excellent Cristian Chivu saw a thumping header blocked on the line by Niclas Jensen.

Mutu strikes
On 62 minutes, Romania levelled through Adrian Mutu. Florentin Dumitru's cross from the right was deflected, but Mutu readjusted and chested the ball down. He then turned and squeezed a shot past Thomas Sørensen at the near post.

Pancu pounces
Romania sensed victory and ten minutes later they took the lead. Danish substitute Christian Poulsen's weak header fell straight to Daniel Pancu, who controlled the ball before striking it low and hard beyond Sørensen.

Sørensen heroics
Denmark's goalkeeper proved the hero in the closing stages as he repeatedly denied Romania a third. With the hosts pushing forward at every opportunity, gaps were left behind. Mutu, Florin Bratu and Florin Cernat all had chances but could not beat Sørensen.

Late drama
They were left to rue those misses, as, in the fifth minute of added time, Denmark equalised. Niclas Jensen's cross from the left skimmed off the head of Ebbe Sand to Laursen. The big defender controlled the ball before poking it past the advancing goalkeeper for what could be a priceless goal for Morten Olsen's team.

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.29CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Romania

Romania

1
SørensenThomas Sørensen
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ
2
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
Substitution64
2
StoicanFlavius Stoican
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen (C)
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Yellow Card69
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
Goal90+5
4
IencsiAdrian Iencsi
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
7
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
Substitution70
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Yellow Card74
Substitution80
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
Yellow Card49
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal35
Substitution55
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
Substitution67
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal61
Yellow Card81
Substitution90+2
11
SandEbbe Sand
11
PancuDaniel Pancu
Goal72

Substitutes

16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen
12
SteleaBogdan Stelea
13
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution64
13
CernatFlorin Cernat
Substitution70
17
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution80
16
SoavaFlorin Soava
Substitution90+2
18
MadsenPeter Madsen
Substitution55
18
BratuFlorin Bratu
Substitution67
12
NielsenPer Nielsen
14
MiuIlie Miu
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
15
OpritaDaniel Oprita
15
LarsenThomas Larsen
17
CodreaPaul Codrea

Coach

Anghel Iordanescu (ROU)

Referee

Urs Meier (SUI)

Assistant referees

Rudolf Käppeli (SUI), Martin Iseli (SUI)

Fourth official

Martin Salm (SUI)

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