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Jørgensen stunner keeps Denmark dreaming

Published: Tuesday 14 June 2011, 23.45CET
Nicolai Jørgensen had a hand in the first goal and scored the winner as Denmark revived their ambitions of reaching the semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat of Belarus in Aarhus.
by Ian Holyman
from Aarhus Stadion

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DenmarkBelarus

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 14 June 2011, 23.45CET

Jørgensen stunner keeps Denmark dreaming

Nicolai Jørgensen had a hand in the first goal and scored the winner as Denmark revived their ambitions of reaching the semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat of Belarus in Aarhus.

A sublime strike from Nicolai Jørgensen reignited Denmark's ambitions of reaching the semi-finals as the host nation beat Belarus in a high-quality Group A encounter on Tuesday.

Omitted from the starting lineup for his nation's opening defeat at the hands of Switzerland, Jørgensen fully justified coach Keld Bordinggaard's decision to start with him in Aarhus. After Dmitri Baga had put Belarus ahead on 20 minutes, Jørgensen provoked the penalty that allowed Christian Eriksen to equalise two minutes later before the Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger arced an imperious effort into the far corner to win it with 19 minutes left.

The Danes now know victory in their final group game against Iceland will give them a great chance of sealing a last-four spot, while Belarus could still join them with the right result against Switzerland.

There was expectation aplenty from the sell-out crowd in the Aarhus Stadion, and Denmark appeared determined to please. However, though their slick passing promised much, an end product was not forthcoming, and Belarus showed them how to do it. Stanislav Dragun, who had earlier gone close with a glancing header, beautifully picked out Baga's diagonal dart, and he confidently skipped round Mikkel Andersen before flicking the ball in.

Bordinggaard had brought three new faces into the starting lineup following his team's opening-game reverse, and one of them, Jørgensen, was the catalyst for the Danes' immediate response. Eriksen's impish back-heel released the Bayer 04 Leverkusen man, who tumbled under Mikhail Sivakov's challenge. Eriksen saw his penalty parried by Aleksandr Gutor, but the AFC Ajax man casually tucked away the rebound.

Back on level terms, Denmark upped the tempo. Another of the new faces, Henrik Dalsgaard, saw Gutor touch a drifting cross onto the bar before the Belarus No21, who had kept Iceland at bay at the weekend, won his one-on-one with Nicki Nielsen.

Like Nielsen, Eriksen is likely to form the bedrock of the Danish national side of the future, and the Ajax midfielder gave a glimpse of his abundant talent with a devastatingly rapid burst that took him beyond two defenders, but Gutor matched the quality of the run with an equally fine save.

With his team-mates unable to retain possession, the FC BATE Borisov goalkeeper was kept busy. A low shot from the neat-and-tidy Mike Jensen was turned away by Gutor's feet, and his hands smothered Daniel Wass's drilled effort. He was powerless to stop Jørgensen, though, when the winger cut in from the left before sending a peerless shot into the net to keep the host nation in contention.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.17CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Belarus

Belarus

16
AndersenMikkel Andersen (GK)
1
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
3
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
2
DragunStanislav Dragun
4
BjellandAndreas Bjelland (C)
4
PolitevichSergei Politevich
Yellow Card88
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
5
BagaDmitri Baga
Goal20
6
AlbækMads Albæk
Yellow Card64
7
SivakovMikhail Sivakov (C)
7
WassDaniel Wass
8
BukatkinNikita Bukatkin
Yellow Card32
Substitution46
8
JensenMike Jensen
Substitution77
10
PerepechkoAleksandr Perepechko
Substitution76
9
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Goal71
Substitution81
11
VoronkovAndrei Voronkov
Substitution58
10
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Penalty22
Goal22
18
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
14
N. B. NielsenNicki Bille Nielsen
20
VeretiloOleg Veretilo
21
DalsgaardHenrik Dalsgaard
Substitution62
21
FilipenkoYegor Filipenko

Substitutes

1
LösslJonas Lössl (GK)
12
GomelkoArtem Gomelko (GK)
23
Højlund Nicklas Højlund (GK)
22
GuschenkoDmitri Guschenko (GK)
2
RandrupAnders Randrup
3
MatveychikSergei Matveychik
11
AggerNicolaj Agger
6
OstroukhYuri Ostroukh
12
M. F. NielsenMads Fenger Nielsen
Substitution81
9
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution58
13
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
13
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
Substitution76
15
JuelsgårdJesper Juelsgård
14
RyzhkoYuri Ryzhko
17
DelaneyThomas Delaney
15
RekishDmitri Rekish
Substitution46
18
PovlsenKasper Povlsen
Substitution77
16
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
19
SørensenFrederik Sørensen
17
GayduchikVitali Gayduchik
20
Lund-NielsenMatti Lund-Nielsen
19
SavostyanovEvgeni Savostyanov
22
KadriiBashkim Kadrii
Substitution62
23
KhvaschinskiVladimir Khvaschinski

Coach

Keld Bordinggaard (DEN) Georgi Kondratiev (BLR)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Christos Akrivos (GRE), Jukka-Pekka Koskela (FIN)

Fourth official

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

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