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Denmark do just enough

Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.20CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Denmark Bosnians' bid ends in tears as Denmark secure draw they need.

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaDenmark

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.20CET

Denmark do just enough

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Denmark Bosnians' bid ends in tears as Denmark secure draw they need.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's bid to reach the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals ended in tears at the Koševo stadium in Sarajevo on Saturday, as the Balkan team were held to a 1-1 draw by Denmark.

Bosnian dreams
While ruining Bosnian dreams of a first appearance at a major finals, the result was enough to secure Denmark's place at the top of Group 2 and their passage to Portugal. Morten Olsen's men had gone into the match needing only a draw to win the group - compared to the victory that Bosnia-Herzegovina required - yet it was the visitors who made the brighter start.

Jørgensen strikes first
First Morten Weighorst shot wide when played in by Jon Dahl Tomasson's clever flick. Then Jesper Grønkjær had an effort saved by Kenan Hasagic following a Thomas Gravesen pass. But after Emir Spahic had cleared Martin Laursen's header off the line, the Bosnians' luck finally ran out. Gravesen angled a pass between the legs of Muhamed Konjic and perfectly into the path of Martin Jørgensen, who finished with aplomb from a position just inside the penalty area.

Salihamidzic threat
The home side might have conceded the lead, but they did not give up hope. After the impressive Hasan Salihamidzic had tested Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen with the kind of dangerous, inswinging cross that was to be a feature of the night, the FC Bayern München playmaker created the equalising goal for Elvir Bolic on 39 minutes.

Back on level terms
From the right flank, he crossed for Bolic to outjump Christian Poulsen and plant a firm header into the net. Minutes later, Sergej Barbarez headed centimetres wide as Denmark began to look increasingly vulnerable to high balls into their area.

No respite
The opening exchanges of the second half brought no respite for the Danes. Vedin Music and the lively Barbarez both found the sidenetting while Zlatan Bajramovic and substitute Elvir Baljic also went close as the visitors struggled to clear their lines.

Tomasson goes close
Gradually, though, Denmark were able to regain a foothold in a match that, at one point, threatened to slip away from them. Tomasson could have restored the Danes' advantage but fired a shot over from Dennis Rommedahl's low centre. Then he chipped agonisingly wide after breaking clear down the right channel.

Near miss
Yet as long as the game remained on a knife-edge, Olsen and company could not relax. The Galatasaray SK forward Baljic underlined this point when his header took a wicked bounce and span beyond Sørensen's reach and centimetres wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post on 86 minutes.

Final whistle
Never malicious, the match ended on a sour note when Gravesen was adjudged to have fouled Bulend Bišcevic and received his second yellow card. However, the Everton FC player was all smiles within seconds as the final whistle signalled Denmark's progress to Portugal.

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.25CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Denmark

Denmark

1
HasagićKenan Hasagić (GK)
1
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
2
SpahićEmir Spahić
Yellow Card27
Substitution46
2
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
3
MusićVedin Musić
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen (C)
4
KonjicMuhamed Konjic
Substitution80
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
5
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
Substitution85
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
Yellow Card69
Substitution90
6
HibicMirsad Hibic (C)
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
7
BolićElvir Bolić
Goal39
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Yellow Card69
Red/Yellow Card90+1
8
GrujićVladan Grujić
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution85
9
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
10
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Goal12
Substitution55
11
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
Yellow Card50
11
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen

Substitutes

12
ToljaAlmir Tolja (GK)
16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen (GK)
16
BaljićElvir Baljić
Substitution46
Yellow Card67
12
NielsenPer Nielsen
Substitution90
17
BiščevićBulend Biščević
Substitution85
15
LarsenThomas Larsen
Substitution85
18
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
Substitution80
Yellow Card82
17
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution55
13
AlihodzicHaris Alihodzic
13
PriskeBrian Priske
14
PapacSaša Papac
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
15
BerberovićDžemal Berberović
18
MadsenPeter Madsen

Coach

Blaz Sliškovic (SRB) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Graham Barber (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Babski (ENG), Darren Drysdale (ENG)

Fourth official

Uriah Rennie (ENG)

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