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Denmark secure top spot with Russia victory

Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 21.45CET
Denmark 4-2 Russia
Unbeaten Denmark won a straight shoot-out against Group 2 rivals Russia to claim top spot and a place in the play-off.
by Pelle Rasmussen
from Aalborg Stadion
Denmark secure top spot with Russia victory
Jess Thorup masterminded Denmark's success ©Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 21.45CET

Denmark secure top spot with Russia victory

Denmark 4-2 Russia
Unbeaten Denmark won a straight shoot-out against Group 2 rivals Russia to claim top spot and a place in the play-off.

A Danish side full of confidence overwhelmed their rivals for top spot in Group 2 to maintain their unbeaten record and secure a UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off place with a game to spare.

Russia's hopes of claiming top spot suffered a decisive blow against their opponents in Aalborg as Lasse Christensen's first-half brace and two further strikes after the interval completed a 4-2 victory. After Denmark won in Russia last year, Jess Thorup's side repeated the feat on home soil after Christensen gave the hosts the perfect start inside five minutes.

The midfielder was on hand to restore the lead (44) following Arshak Koryan's equaliser for the visitors (33). Russia succumbed to the fluid passing game of Denmark in the second-half as Jannik Vestergaard and Andreas Christensen completed the rout long before the visitors found the net through Denis Davydov (89).

Russia goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin was left rooted to the spot as Christensen curled the opener home before adding another as the Danes deservedly led at the break despite Koryan’s effort. Vestergaard (56) and fellow defender Christensen (73) were on hand to exploit the space left by Russia in the second half to complete the victory as the Danes celebrated qualification in style.

Denmark coach Thorup was delighted with the victory: "Our goal was to qualify for the play-offs and I am extremely pleased we managed to do so with a record of seven wins, two draws and no defeats."

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.29CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Russia

Russia

1
BuskJakob Busk (GK)
1
MitryushkinAnton Mitryushkin (GK)
2
ScholzAlexander Scholz
2
TenPetr Ten
3
OkoreJores Okore
3
NabiullinElmir Nabiullin
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard (C)
Goal56
4
NikitinAleksei Nikitin (C)
5
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
5
ZuevIlya Zuev
6
ChristensenAndreas Christensen
Goal73
Substitution77
6
MiranchukAleksei Miranchuk
7
BechUffe Bech
7
SerderovSerder Serderov
Substitution53
8
Vigen ChristensenLasse Vigen Christensen
Goal5
Goal44
8
KoryanArshak Koryan
Goal33
Substitution74
9
AmankwaaDanny Amankwaa
9
MogilevetsPavel Mogilevets
10
AndersenLucas Andersen
Substitution83
10
ObukhovVladimir Obukhov
11
ThomsenNicolaj Thomsen
Substitution81
11
BolovRuslan Bolov
Substitution34

Substitutes

16
JensenDavid Jensen (GK)
12
LobantsevMiroslav Lobantsev (GK)
12
SørensenFrederik Sørensen
13
LambarskiIgor Lambarski
13
HolstFrederik Holst
14
ChkhapeliyaNika Chkhapeliya
Substitution74
14
JønssonJens Jønsson
Substitution77
15
OvsyannikovVladislav Ovsyannikov
15
AndersenJeppe Andersen
Substitution83
16
KhodzhaniyazovDzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
17
IllumJeppe Illum
17
DavydovDenis Davydov
Substitution34
Goal89
18
ZohoreKenneth Zohore
Substitution81
18
NurovGeorgi Nurov
Substitution53

Coach

Jess Thorup (DEN) Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

Assistant referees

Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP), Miguel Martínez (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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