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Italy denied by Denmark

Published: Tuesday 15 June 2004, 0.56CET
Denmark 0-0 Italy
There was nothing between the Azzurri and Denmark in a lively UEFA EURO 2004 Group C encounter.
by Matthew Spiro
from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Italy denied by Denmark
Thomas Helveg and Niclas Jensen (right) thank their fans after the Italy draw ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DenmarkItaly

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners7
 
5
Fouls committed25
 
25
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:58 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 15 June 2004, 0.56CET

Italy denied by Denmark

Denmark 0-0 Italy
There was nothing between the Azzurri and Denmark in a lively UEFA EURO 2004 Group C encounter.

Italy and Denmark had to settle for a share of the spoils in their opening UEFA EURO 2004 encounter in Guimaraes, with some inspired goalkeeping ensuring the game remained goalless.

Denmark's Thomas Sørensen produced a stunning double save to deny Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti before half-time. Gianluigi Buffon emulated his opposite number to brilliantly keep out efforts in quick succession from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Dennis Rommedahl in the second half of an enthralling Group C encounter.

Italy lined up in an attacking formation, with skipper Totti playing just behind Christian Vieri while Juventus team-mates Del Piero and Mauro Camoranesi occupied the flanks. Denmark coach Morten Olsen drafted Daniel Jensen into the midfield to replace the suspended Thomas Gravesen and selected Rommedahl on the right wing in the absence of Jesper Grønkjær, who had stayed in Denmark following a family bereavement.

AC Milan forward Tomasson lined up in a deep-lying role behind striker Ebbe Sand and saw plenty of the ball early on as Denmark settled quicker. Rommedahl's seventh-minute corner evaded the whole Italy defence before reaching Martin Jørgensen but the Udinese Calcio winger failed to connect. Moments later Rommedahl jinked inside Gianluca Zambrotta and produced a low shot that was blocked by Fabio Cannavaro.

With Totti closely monitored by Christian Poulsen, Italy were struggling to get into their stride, although the forward forced a fine save from Sørensen with a long-range free-kick on 13 minutes. It was a rare moment of Italian danger though, and goalkeeper Buffon was soon called into action at the other end when Thomas Helveg rounded off his mazy run with a stinging left-foot shot that was palmed over the bar.

Denmark's wide play continued to pose problems and an intricate move involving Jørgensen and Sand sent Niclas Jensen clear down the left; his low cross was cut out by Alessandro Nesta. Left-back Jensen was involved in Denmark's next attack too, swinging over a free-kick from the right that was glanced agonisingly wide of the far post by Tomasson.

Italy almost snatched the lead against the run of play a minute before half-time when Del Piero pounced on a loose ball inside the area. His fierce shot was brilliantly saved by Sørensen and the rebound fell to Totti, but the forward's deflected shot was clawed to safety by the keeper.

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni made a tactical switch at the break, with Del Piero moving in from the left wing to support Vieri, and immediately his side looked more dangerous. On 53 minutes Totti split the Denmark defence with an exquisite pass through for Zambrotta, but the left-back's shot slid wide of the far post.

Zambrotta soon found space again on the left, this time whipping over a cross for Vieri whose firm header was tipped over by an alert Sørensen. Suddenly Denmark's defence appeared stretched and from the resulting corner Christian Panucci headed over when well placed.

Despite his growing influence, Del Piero was replaced by Antonio Cassano in the 64th minute. The change merely prompted a spell of Denmark possession, and Sand went close to breaking the deadlock when he latched on to Jørgensen's cross, but the striker failed to keep his header down as both sides had to settle for a point.

Last updated: 16/01/12 15.05CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Italy

Italy

1
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen (C)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
4
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution57
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card62
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
Yellow Card67
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution64
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Yellow Card29
9
VieriChristian Vieri
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Substitution72
10
TottiFrancesco Totti
Yellow Card90+3
11
SandEbbe Sand
Substitution69
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
15
JensenDaniel Jensen
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution68
17
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution76
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
19
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta

Substitutes

16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen (GK)
12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
22
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
22
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
Substitution69
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Substitution57
Yellow Card81
18
PriskeBrian Priske
Substitution76
14
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution68
20
PerezKenneth Perez
Substitution72
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution64
Yellow Card70
2
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
3
OddoMassimo Oddo
12
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
6
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
13
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
11
CorradiBernardo Corradi
21
MadsenPeter Madsen
15
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
23
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
17
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

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