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Confident Norway size up Denmark

Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET
Group H leaders Norway will look to maintain their 100% qualifying record as they meet Denmark for the first time since 2003, with the visitors eager to leapfrog their Nordic rivals.
Confident Norway size up Denmark
Norway are top of Group H with maximum points after three matches ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

NorwayDenmark

Goals scored10
 
15
Total attempts66
 
107
Attempts on target32
 
44
Attempts off target26
 
47
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners39
 
38
Offsides15
 
26
Yellow cards12
 
9
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed95
 
96
Fouls suffered81
 
108
 
Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET

Confident Norway size up Denmark

Group H leaders Norway will look to maintain their 100% qualifying record as they meet Denmark for the first time since 2003, with the visitors eager to leapfrog their Nordic rivals.

Group H leaders Norway will look to maintain their 100% record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying as they take on Denmark for the first time since 7 June 2003. The visitors will have other ideas, though, as they try to leapfrog their Nordic rivals.

Match background
• Norway have played 82 international games against Denmark over the years and have a record of W20 D11 L51 (W10 D9 L20 at home). The nations first met in Sweden in the 1912 Olympics, with Denmark winning their second round encounter 7-0 on 30 June, and going on to reach the final, losing 4-2 to England.

• The teams have met in only four official qualifiers since. Denmark won 1-0 at home and 5-1 away ahead of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and – in their only encounters so far this century – Norway drew 2-2 at home and lost 1-0 in Copenhagen in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying, with Jesper Grønkjær getting the winner in the latter fixture.

• Denmark coach Morten Olsen played in the two former qualifiers and oversaw the latter two from the bench.

• Norway boss Egil Olsen took on Denmark three times in friendly games in his first spell as Norway coach from 1990 to 1998: his side lost 1-0 in Aarhus in 1992, but recorded a 2-1 win in Oslo two years later, and more impressively, a 2-0 success in Copenhagen in 1998, Øyvind Leonhardsen and Tore André Flo the scorers.

• With second-placed Portugal not in action, victory would help Denmark go above Norway at the top of the section, though the sides would remain level on nine points.

Last updated: 09/02/11 22.36CET

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