Meticulously organised and attractive in possession, Denmark are forging a formidable reputation at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship finals. Only Sweden stand between them and a place in Saturday's showpiece but as forward Christina Bovbjerg told UEFA.com, overcoming their neighbours will be no easy feat.
"Sweden are a very strong team and they are also physical so we must defend well in order to overcome them," she said. "We are concentrating on their whole team, we know they have very good players in every position so there is not one individual we are looking at. We will have to be at our best to beat them."
Denmark have been near-perfect thus far, emerging as Group A winners with maximum points following three consecutive 1-0 victories. "We are very happy because we weren't sure we would make it this far but to progress to the semi-finals makes me very happy," Bovbjerg said. "The coach told us he was very proud of how far we have come."
Denmark monopolise the game with a patient style that blends short, sharp passing with rhythmic directness, an approach Bovbjerg welcomes. "We are enjoying playing good football," she said. "We enjoy having the ball and playing our way. It's a way of playing that works for us."
Søren Randa-Boldt's side are notoriously difficult to break down, too, having conceded just twice in their last nine competitive outings. "We have a really good defence. We stand strong and defend as a team," said Bovbjerg. But attention to detail sets Randa-Boldt apart, and the coach has often raised concerns about his team's credentials at the other end.
In Camille Anderson, Denmark have a potential solution although Bovbjerg was quick to sing the praises of Pernille Madsen, who deputised during the opening two matches. "I hope we can score more goals but Pernille, who came in for her [Anderson] is also a very good striker. I'm confident the goals will come," said the 18-year-old, whose winning mentality runs in the family. "My family are very sports orientated. We like winning and we love football."
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