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Denmark down favourites France on penalties

Published: Monday 22 July 2013, 23.40CET
France 1-1 Denmark (aet, Denmark win 4-2 on penalties)
Louisa Necib and Sabrina Delannoy missed from the spot for Les Bleues as Denmark upset the odds to set up a semi-final against Norway.
by Chris Burke
from Linköping Arena

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Match statistics

FranceDenmark

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts31
 
4
Attempts on target10
 
2
off target16
 
2
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners6
 
0
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Fouls suffered8
 
10

Standings

Published: Monday 22 July 2013, 23.40CET

Denmark down favourites France on penalties

France 1-1 Denmark (aet, Denmark win 4-2 on penalties)
Louisa Necib and Sabrina Delannoy missed from the spot for Les Bleues as Denmark upset the odds to set up a semi-final against Norway.

Denmark will face Norway in the semi-finals on Thursday after edging France on penalties at the end of a tight contest in Linkoping.

Few were backing the Danes to prevail, but history repeated itself in agonising fashion for Les Bleues after Louisa Necib's penalty had cancelled out Johanna Rasmussen's opener in normal time. France lost a quarter-final on spot kicks to the Netherlands at Finland 2009, and after Necib had her attempt saved by the excellent Stina Petersen, they were heading for similar heartbreak. Sarah Bouhaddi kept out Theresa Nielsen, but Sabrina Delannoy hit the woodwork and Janni Arnth did the rest.

Élise Bussaglia swerved an effort wide to announce France's presence as the teams settled, but there was no lack of energy and commitment from their opponents, who were clearly going to have their say in the contest. Switching from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 to tighten up their midfield, Kenneth Heiner-Møller's charges looked anything but overawed, and laid down a capable passing game to back up their ambitions.

It was Petersen who had to be the most alert of the goalkeepers early on, but Bruno Bini must surely have hoped for a more incisive start – and his side's frustration turned to angst when Rasmussen raced onto Katrine Søndergaard Pedersen's long ball over the top and blasted beyond Sarah Bouhaddi.

Trailing for the first time at Sweden 2013, France almost responded immediately when Gaëtane Thiney swivelled in the area and forced Petersen to save low to her right. Camille Abily then headed over and Denmark's impressive No1 batted away powerful attempts from Eugénie Le Sommer and Bussaglia, with her team-mates working similarly hard to keep France at bay.

Sensing the need to inject new ideas, Bini brought on Élodie Thomis for Sandrine Soubeyrand after the restart, yet there was no instant upgrade in the quality of France's openings. Instead, after Denmark's Pernille Harder had missed the target, both Necib and Abily took aim from distance and forced Petersen into stops.

It took Line Røddik bringing down Abily in the area for Les Bleues to really threaten the status quo, in fact, and for once Petersen had no answer. Her tournament had begun with a pair of penalty saves to thwart Sweden, but this time she could only help the ball into the net, Necib finally rescuing her side from the spot.

That remained France's high point after 90 minutes, and there was little for them to get excited about in the first period of extra time either, until Thiney drove narrowly off-target. Denmark, meanwhile, were struggling to get out of their half, and they were given another major scare when Abily curled a free-kick against the crossbar. France were desperate to make their domination count, but the winner never came – and their exit swiftly followed.

Player of the match: Christina Ørntoft (Denmark)

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.54CET

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2013/matches/round=2000176/match=2011597/postmatch/report/index.html#denmark+down+france

Lineups

France

France

Denmark

Denmark

16
BouhaddiSarah Bouhaddi (GK)
1
PetersenStina Petersen (GK)
2
RenardWendie Renard
Yellow Card114 ET
2
RøddikLine Røddik
3
BoulleauLaure Boulleau
3
Søndergaard PedersenKatrine Søndergaard Pedersen (C)
4
GeorgesLaura Georges
Substitution57
4
ØrntoftChristina Ørntoft
6
SoubeyrandSandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Substitution46
5
ArnthJanni Arnth
Yellow Card47
7
FrancoCorine Franco
6
KnudsenMariann Knudsen
8
BussagliaÉlise Bussaglia
10
HarderPernille Harder
9
Le SommerEugénie Le Sommer
11
VejeKatrine Veje
Substitution67
14
NecibLouisa Necib
Goal71
13
RasmussenJohanna Rasmussen
Goal28
Substitution61
17
ThineyGaëtane Thiney
18
NielsenTheresa Nielsen
23
AbilyCamille Abily
19
BrogaardMia Brogaard
Substitution74

Substitutes

21
BenameurKarima Benameur (GK)
16
SørensenCecilie Sørensen (GK)
1
DevilleCéline Deville (GK)
22
AbelKatrine Abel (GK)
5
MeillerouxOphélie Meilleroux
7
MadsenEmma Madsen
10
HenryAmandine Henry
8
RydahlJulie Rydahl
Substitution61
11
SoyerJulie Soyer
9
N. ChristiansenNanna Christiansen
12
ThomisÉlodie Thomis
Substitution46
12
JensenLine Jensen
Substitution74
13
CatalaCamille Catala
14
OlsenMalene Olsen
15
Houara-D’HommeauxJessica Houara-D’Hommeaux
15
PedersenSofie Pedersen
18
DelieMarie-Laure Delie
17
NadimNadia Nadim
Substitution67
19
BretignySandrine Bretigny
20
HovesenSine Hovesen
20
AsseyiViviane Asseyi
21
SandvejCecilie Sandvej
22
DelannoySabrina Delannoy
Substitution57
23
SmidtKaroline Smidt

Coach

Bruno Bini (FRA) Kenneth Heiner-Møller (DEN)

Referee

Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Assistant referees

Romina Santuari (ITA), Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Esther Staubli (SUI)

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