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Denmark survive Latvian scare

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.16CET
Denmark 3-1 Latvia The home team kept alive their faint hopes of a place at the finals as they held on for a hard-fought victory against Latvia in Copenhagen.
Denmark survive Latvian scare
Ulrik Laursen celebrates after putting Denmark 2-0 up ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DenmarkLatvia

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners9
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.16CET

Denmark survive Latvian scare

Denmark 3-1 Latvia The home team kept alive their faint hopes of a place at the finals as they held on for a hard-fought victory against Latvia in Copenhagen.

Denmark kept alive their faint hopes of a place at UEFA EURO 2008™ as they held on for a hard-fought 3-1 victory against Latvia in Copenhagen.

Frantic finish
Things appeared to be going very much to plan for Morten Olsen's team as they approached the last ten minutes two goals to the good at the Parken Stadium, courtesy of Jon Dahl Tomasson's spot-kick and a first international strike from Ulrik Laursen. Yet Kaspars Gorkss reduced the deficit to set up a frenetic finale, before Dennis Rommedahl calmed home nerves with a crisp goal a minute from time. Denmark remain five points off a top-two spot in Group F with two games to play.

Lively opening
Such a nervy end looked an unlikely scenario as the Danes got off to a dream start. Just seven minutes had gone when Oskars Klava was adjudged to have handled in the area and Tomasson made no mistake from the spot to claim his 49th international goal. At 31 and making only his second appearance for Denmark, Laursen is unlikely to match that tally but he got off the mark when he converted Rommedahl's cross on 27 minutes. The winger almost got on the scoresheet himself soon after but his 18-metre effort whizzed narrowly past the upright.

Rommedahl reward
The second half continued in much the same vein though Denmark spurned several opportunities to put the result beyond doubt. It seemed they might pay for their profligacy when Gorkss headed in substitute Jurijs Zigajevs' cross with ten minutes remaining. Rommedahl allayed any anxiety as he finally found reward for all his endeavour, latching on to Leon Andreasen's raking free-kick and firing in from the edge of the box.

Last updated: 18/10/07 0.37CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Latvia

Latvia

1
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
30
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
3
LaursenMartin Laursen
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
4
LaursenUlrik Laursen
Goal27
Substitution32
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
5
SørensenChris Sørensen
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
Goal80
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution71
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
7
JensenDaniel Jensen
Yellow Card32
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
10
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution78
11
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Goal90
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
8
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
24
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Substitution63
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson (C)
Goal7
29
PaharsMarians Pahars
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

16
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
12
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
12
PriskeBrian Priske
7
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
Substitution90+1
13
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
14
SurninsPāvels Surnins
14
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
Substitution32
18
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution63
15
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
21
ZakreševskisArtūrs Zakreševskis
17
PerezKenneth Perez
20
G. KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
18
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution71
25
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution78

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Baki Tuncay Akkin (TUR), Çem Satman (TUR)

Fourth official

Kuddusi Müftüoglu (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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