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Denmark and Portugal compete for top spot in Group H

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Portugal travel to Denmark in what could prove to be a potentially decisive game at the top of Group H with Norway ready to pounce should either side slip up.
Denmark and Portugal compete for top spot in Group H
Portugal celebrate one of their three goals against Denmark in October ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

DenmarkPortugal

Goals scored15
 
27
Total attempts107
 
175
Attempts on target44
 
79
Attempts off target47
 
81
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
2
Corners38
 
81
Offsides26
 
25
Yellow cards9
 
12
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed96
 
125
Fouls suffered108
 
122
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Denmark and Portugal compete for top spot in Group H

Portugal travel to Denmark in what could prove to be a potentially decisive game at the top of Group H with Norway ready to pounce should either side slip up.

Beaten 3-1 when the sides met in Group H on 8 October 2010, Denmark will look to exact revenge on Portugal in their final UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier.

• Paulo Bento's reign as Portugal coach got off to the best possible start as his side defeated Denmark at the Estádio do Dragão last year. Two goals in two first-half minutes from Nani put the home team in control. A Ricardo Carvalho own goal unsettled the hosts but Cristiano Ronaldo restored their two-goal lead.

• Denmark's record in 11 games against Portugal reads W2 D2 L7 (W1 D2 L3 at home).

• The sides locked horns in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, when Denmark earned a sensational 3-2 win in Lisbon and a 1-1 draw at home.

• In the first of those matches, Portugal had looked set for victory when a Deco penalty put them 2-1 ahead with four minutes to go, but late goals from Christian Poulsen and Daniel Jensen secured Morten Olsen's men a shock win.

• Portugal's Liédson then marked his international debut in the next fixture with an 86th-minute equaliser to cancel out Nicklas Bendtner's first-half opener.

• The teams first met in Esbjerg on 21 June 1966, when Portugal took the friendly spoils in a 3-1 victory. That proved to be the first of five straight triumphs for Portugal against their upcoming opponents before their winning streak was brought to an end by a 1-1 draw in Sheffield during the EURO '96 group stage.

Last updated: 09/10/11 11.48CET

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