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Superb Denmark ready for play-offs

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 20.50CET
Denmark 7-1 Bulgaria
"We want to test ourselves against the best in Europe," said Denmark coach Jess Thorup after ending qualifying Group 2 in style.
by Nicklas Vinde
from Aalborg Stadion
Superb Denmark ready for play-offs
Jess Thorup is a happy Denmark coach ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 20.50CET

Superb Denmark ready for play-offs

Denmark 7-1 Bulgaria
"We want to test ourselves against the best in Europe," said Denmark coach Jess Thorup after ending qualifying Group 2 in style.

Denmark coach Jess Thorup is relishing the challenge of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs after the Group 2 winners made light work of ten-man Bulgaria.

We will do whatever we are capable of to reach the finals
Jess Thorup

First place and a berth in next month's play-offs to reach the finals in the Czech Republic was clinched by a 4-2 defeat of Russia last Wednesday. This convincing victory – made somewhat easier by the 20th-minute dismissal of Hristofor Hubchev for a challenge on Lucas Andersen – ensured Denmark go into Friday's draw unbeaten in the campaign with 37 goals from their ten games.

AFC Ajax's Andersen, back in Aalborg where he used to play his club football, starred with two of the seven goals, one a perfect curler into the top corner, but the whole team played at an impressive level. Thorup was certainly impressed by the win and the campaign.

"It has been a great journey for us. It all started a year ago and now we are standing here. It was our first target to reach the play-offs and so we did – and in some style, scoring a lot of goals and not losing. So we have gained a lot of confidence and we are going to need this for the play-offs to overcome some of the best teams in Europe.

"During the entire qualifying campaign we have kept on developing our play. We scored, again, some fantastic goals today, so we are looking very much forward to the play-off round and we are ready for the challenge it definitely will be.

"We have a very interesting squad. This is the future of Danish football and hopefully some day the senior national team. It is maybe the most important aspect of my job, to get the guys ready for stepping up to the senior squad.

"But saying that, we still want to win now and achieve something. Now we have won the group and are ready for the play-offs, so we will have to see if we can take the next step towards the finals in the Czech Republic. We will do whatever we are capable of to reach the finals.

"It is important for our confidence that we have gone through the group stage undefeated, which is the most important thing in football. As a team and player by player we have gained a lot of confidence by winning this group and being undefeated. We feel ready for the next step.

"This group of lads is a very interesting group of young footballers, many of them already play at big clubs both in Denmark and outside Denmark, so I'm confident that we are ready and prepared for the next step. We want to test ourselves against the best in Europe."

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.26CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

16
BuskJakob Busk (GK)
1
GospodinovAnatoli Gospodinov (GK)
2
ScholzAlexander Scholz
3
MaremTaynur Marem
Substitution46
3
SørensenFrederik Sørensen
Yellow Card75
4
VasevBozhidar Vasev
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard (C)
Goal42
6
HubchevHristofor Hubchev
Red Card22
5
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
Goal36
7
KolevAleksandar Kolev (C)
Substitution68
6
ChristensenAndreas Christensen
9
ChunchukovTsvetelin Chunchukov
Substitution34
7
BechUffe Bech
Goal67
11
ChochevIvaylo Chochev
8
Vigen ChristensenLasse Vigen Christensen
Yellow Card87
14
GoranovIvan Goranov
9
ToutouhYoussef Toutouh
Substitution60
15
MalinovKristiyan Malinov
10
AndersenLucas Andersen
Goal18
Goal32
Substitution77
17
KarachanakovAnton Karachanakov
Goal49
11
ThomsenNicolaj Thomsen
Substitution60
21
TsonevRadoslav Tsonev
Yellow Card19

Substitutes

1
JensenDavid Jensen (GK)
12
LyubenovAleksandar Lyubenov (GK)
12
BørstingFrederik Børsting
8
KolevNikola Kolev
Substitution68
13
HolstFrederik Holst
10
RasimBekir Rasim
14
JønssonJens Jønsson
18
MarinLazar Marin
15
AndersenJeppe Andersen
Substitution77
19
VasilevAleksandar Vasilev
17
BerggreenEmil Berggreen
Substitution60
Goal65
20
StanoevKrasimir Stanoev
Substitution46
18
ZohoreKenneth Zohore
Substitution60
Goal78
22
DryanovStanislav Dryanov
Substitution34

Coach

Jess Thorup (DEN) Pavel Panov (BUL)

Referee

István Kovács (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Adrian Comanescu (ROU)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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