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Danish hero Jørgensen thrilled with timely winner

Published: Wednesday 15 June 2011, 2.34CET
Denmark winger Nicolai Jørgensen spoke about a "lovely feeling" after picking the perfect moment to score his first goal of the season and clinch three points for the hosts against Belarus.
by Simon Hart
from Aarhus Stadion

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Published: Wednesday 15 June 2011, 2.34CET

Danish hero Jørgensen thrilled with timely winner

Denmark winger Nicolai Jørgensen spoke about a "lovely feeling" after picking the perfect moment to score his first goal of the season and clinch three points for the hosts against Belarus.

Nicolai Jørgensen admitted that his timing was "perfect" after he hit his first Under-21 international goal to sink Belarus and breathe new life into Denmark's campaign.

It's a lovely feeling I have now – especially to score a goal like that in Denmark in front of our home supporters, it's indescribable
Nicolai Jørgensen on his winner

The Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger had not found the net all season for his club but with 19 minutes left, he struck in spectacular fashion, carrying the ball past three players on a surge down the inside-left channel before curling a right-foot shot into the far corner of Aleksandr Gutor's goal.

It completed a 2-1 comeback victory for Keld Bordinggaard's tournament hosts, bringing them level on three points with Belarus as they bounced back from Saturday's loss to Switzerland to climb right back into contention for a semi-final place.

"It was perfect timing, especially now we can win against Iceland and go through," Jørgensen told UEFA.com. The 20-year-old, who combined impressively with Nicolai Boilesen down the Danish left, added: "It's a lovely feeling I have now – especially to score a goal like that in Denmark in front of our home supporters, it's indescribable."

Jørgensen had earlier played a part in Christian Eriksen's equalising goal, winning the penalty which led to Denmark drawing level two minutes after Dmitri Baga's 20th-minute opener. Eriksen tucked the rebound into the net after his kick was stopped by Gutor – much to the playmaker's relief. He said: "I was very relieved. I thought when I hit it, it would go in, but then he got it. Happily [the ball] came back and then I just had to put it in."

With Denmark winning the midfield battle and pushing forward for a second, the only question after the break was whether they could find a way past the impressive Gutor in the Belarus goal. Eriksen continued: "From the beginning of the second half we really tried hard to get the goal. We played a lot faster than [against Switzerland] and we created more clear chances."

Denmark finished the match with eight attempts on target to the Belarusians' one and will now go into Saturday's game against a point-less Iceland side knowing victory is likely to secure progress from Group A. Jørgensen added: "We got the penalty right after they scored and that was very important for us. We just kept saying to ourselves, 'we have to believe' and we got the two goals so it was perfect.

"When you score a goal like that and the team plays well for a large part of the game, [it means] we'll take a lot of confidence with us against Iceland – I think we will go on and win that game."

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