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Denmark deny sensational FYROM fightback

Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 22.45CET
Denmark 6-5 FYROM
Having led 6-1, Denmark withstood what their coach called a second-half "collapse" to stay in strong Group 4 contention.
by Rasmus Munch
from Aalborg Stadium
Denmark deny sensational FYROM fightback
Anders Christiansen scored twice in Denmark's thrilling win ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 22.45CET

Denmark deny sensational FYROM fightback

Denmark 6-5 FYROM
Having led 6-1, Denmark withstood what their coach called a second-half "collapse" to stay in strong Group 4 contention.

Denmark withstood what their coach called a second-half "collapse" to hold on for three vital UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualfiying Group 4 points against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

At one of the venues for last year's final tournament, Aalborg Stadium, Denmark were 5-1 up at the break and soon added to that lead. But the visitors then fought back and with two minutes left were within a goal of the home side, who held on to remain within three points of leaders Serbia, with a game in hand and the visit of the leaders to come.

"The whole team collapsed in the second half even though we talked about not doing so at half-time," Denmark coach Morten Wieghorst said. "For us this was a huge lesson learned today. We can use this in the upcoming matches in this very tough group."

Mads Albæk put Denmark ahead from the spot on six minutes after FYROM goalkeeper Filip Gacevski fouled Mark Gundelach and Anders Christiansen then doubled the lead. The unmarked Erik Sviatchenko added a third on 25 minutes and although Stefan Spirovski responded immediately, Christiansen scored again and Nicklas Helenius made it 5-1 from a free-kick.

Having ripped FYROM apart in the first half, Denmark eased up in the second but Emil Larsen still claimed a sixth in the 55th minute. However, Ilija Nestorovski and Goran Bogdanoviс struck not long past the hour to halve the deficit, substitute Flamur Tairi scored another on 83 minutes and after Samir Fazli found the target, Denmark were grateful just to get a win.

They play their game in hand in the Faroe Islands on 15 August before the crucial visit of Serbia on 7 September, with two wins ensuring Denmark will top the group and make the play-offs. FYROM, who had led Denmark at kick-off, are now two points behind having played a game more, paying for a 1-1 draw in the Faroes on Friday.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.10CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

FYROM

FYROM

1
LarsenNicolai Larsen (GK)
1
GacevskiFilip Gacevski (GK)
Yellow Card5
2
GundelachMark Gundelach
2
BrdarevskiVladica Brdarevski
Yellow Card44
3
SviatchenkoErik Sviatchenko
Goal25
4
UrdinovYani Urdinov
Yellow Card58
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
5
BogdanoviсGoran Bogdanoviс (C)
Goal68
5
KirkeskovMikkel Kirkeskov
6
MicinoviсJasmin Micinoviс
Yellow Card12
Substitution46
6
SlothCasper Sloth
Yellow Card27
Substitution68
9
FazliSamir Fazli
Goal88
7
E. LarsenEmil Larsen
Goal55
10
NestorovskiIlija Nestorovski
Goal65
8
AlbækMads Albæk (C)
Goal6
11
HasaniFeran Hasani
9
HeleniusNicklas Helenius
Goal45
Substitution85
14
Antonio StankovAntonio Stankov
Substitution34
10
ChristiansenAnders Christiansen
Goal19
Goal37
16
BabunskiDavid Babunski
Substitution65
11
LaudrupAndreas Laudrup
20
SpirovskiStefan Spirovski
Goal26
Yellow Card90

Substitutes

16
RønnowFrederik Rønnow (GK)
12
DimitrievskiStole Dimitrievski (GK)
12
HøeghDaniel Høegh
3
RistevskiKirce Ristevski
Substitution46
13
PedersenDaniel Pedersen
7
TrajkovskiAleksandar Trajkovski
14
Juel AndersenAlexander Juel Andersen
8
HusmaniZeni Husmani
Substitution65
15
KuskKasper Kusk
13
TairiFlamur Tairi
Substitution34
Goal83
17
BechUffe Bech
Substitution68
15
Aleksandar StankovAleksandar Stankov
18
MakienokSimon Makienok
Substitution85
17
AltiparmakovskiMarjan Altiparmakovski

Coach

Morten Wieghorst (DEN) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Assistant referees

William Conquer (SCO), Graeme Leslie (SCO)

Fourth official

Paul Robertson (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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