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Denmark squeeze past Scots and into play-offs

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.31CET
Denmark 1-0 Scotland
Nicklas Pedersen scored the only goal to earn the Danes their ticket to the play-offs at Scotland's expense, as one of the four best runners-up.
by Peter Bruun
Denmark squeeze past Scots and into play-offs
Keld Bordinggaard's Denmark are through to the play-offs ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.31CET

Denmark squeeze past Scots and into play-offs

Denmark 1-0 Scotland
Nicklas Pedersen scored the only goal to earn the Danes their ticket to the play-offs at Scotland's expense, as one of the four best runners-up.

Denmark advanced from Group 6 to the play-offs for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship after defeating Scotland 1-0 to claim one of the four best runners-up spots.

Pedersen strike
Nicklas Pedersen got the only goal on 28 minutes as Denmark moved above Scotland thanks to a better head-to-head record, and into second position and the play-offs – on goal difference from champions the Netherlands and Croatia. Denmark coach Keld Bordinggaard made five changes to the side beaten 2-1 by Finland on Friday, two forced by suspension, but it was Scotland who dominated the opening 25 minutes. They were unable to create meaningful chances, however, and on 28 minutes the hosts struck. Pedersen collected Thomas Enevoldsen's long pass before lifting the ball over his marker and firing in.

Scotland press
Although Scotland continued to apply pressure, Denmark came close to adding to their advantage on 38 minutes when Mike Jensen was denied by Jamie McDonald in the visitors' goal. Scotland pushed for the equaliser after the break, knowing a point would almost certainly take them into the play-offs, but Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel stopped everything that came his way. The locals ultimately could have won by more as both Jens Gjesing and Pedersen hit the crossbar, before Jesper Lange had an effort blocked by McDonald.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.27CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Scotland

Scotland

1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
1
McDonaldJamie McDonald (GK)
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen (C)
2
CuthbertScott Cuthbert (C)
Substitution72
3
ReidWinston Reid
3
WallaceLee Wallace
4
TroestMagnus Troest
4
ArfieldScott Arfield
5
JohansenTimmi Johansen
5
KennethGarry Kenneth
Yellow Card55
6
RieksSøren Rieks
Substitution68
6
ReynoldsMark Reynolds
7
GjesingJens Gjesing
7
LennonSteven Lennon
8
JensenMike Jensen
Yellow Card75
8
McDonaldKevin McDonald
Substitution84
9
LangeJesper Lange
Yellow Card53
Substitution87
9
ElliotCalum Elliot
Substitution62
10
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
10
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
11
PedersenNicklas Pedersen
Goal27
Substitution83
11
McCormackRoss McCormack

Substitutes

16
HeinzeLasse Heinze (GK)
12
McleanEuan Mclean (GK)
12
KrabbeFrederik Krabbe
13
D. RobertsonDavid Robertson
13
HansenRasmus G. Hansen
14
HamillJamie Hamill
Substitution72
14
StormBo Storm
Substitution83
15
StevensonLewis Stevenson
15
MikkelsenTobias Mikkelsen
16
DorransGraham Dorrans
Substitution62
17
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
Substitution68
17
CampbellRoss Campbell
18
UlrikVestergaard Ulrik
Substitution87
18
MurphyJamie Murphy
Substitution84

Coach

Keld Bordinggaard (DEN) Billy Stark (SCO)

Referee

Sergiy Berezka (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Yakymenko (UKR), Sergiy Tsymbal (UKR)

Fourth official

Vitaliy Godulyan (UKR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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