Ellegaard wary of Ukraine threat

Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard tells uefa.com Denmark will not be taking their Group B decider for granted despite having beaten Ukraine twice in qualifying.

Ellegaard says history will have no bearing
Ellegaard says history will have no bearing ©Getty Images

Goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard says Denmark will not be taking their Group B decider against Ukraine on Monday for granted despite having defeated them twice in qualifying.

Ukraine wins
The Danes triumphed 3-2 in Farum and 1-0 in Kiev as they topped their group, and know a third win against Ukraine will guarantee a place in the last four. But Ellegaard, who featured in both those matches, is not getting carried away. He told uefa.com: "We played against them in the group and won two times out of two. That is not to say it is going to be an easy game. Ukraine could be a tricky match so we need to fight and stick through it."

In own hands
The Hertha BSC Berlin custodian felt Denmark were not at their best in the 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, saying: "We did not start so well. We did not press them enough and show that we wanted to win. I think we did that in the second half and it paid off and we got the goal we wanted. We showed them we wanted to win - we didn't win but we got a point which was very important for us. Now we can't blame anyone else if we don't qualify as it is in our own hands."

The former Manchester City FC goalkeeper, brought to England by Danish legend Peter Schmeichel, plays behind an impressive back line from which centre-backs Leon Andreasen and Daniel Agger have licence to roam forward. He said: "It is good for the team when they get forward because it means we have one more up front, but not so good for me because it means I have to be extra alert."