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Denmark and France closely matched

If France and Denmark repeat the excitement of their only previous final tournament fixture, there should be a thrilling UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-final in Linkoping on Monday.

Pernille Harder has plenty of experience against France at youth level
Pernille Harder has plenty of experience against France at youth level ©Sportsfile

If France and Denmark repeat the excitement of their only previous UEFA European Women's Championship final tournament fixture, there should be a thrilling last-eight tie in Linkoping on Monday.

Head-to-head record
• These teams are closely matched historically, Denmark winning seven and France five of 15 games. Denmark lead 32-21 in goals.

• In five competitive meetings, Denmark won the first three and since then they have lost and drawn.

• Denmark won the teams' first five encounters, the first a 3-1 success in Rimini on 18 July 1979. Denmark also triumphed in the sixth game – 5-3 on penalties in a Cyprus tournament – and it was not until the eighth match that France prevailed, 2-0 in Lens in a 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier.

• That was the first leg of a play-off on 23 August 2002, goalscorer Sandrine Soubeyrand lining up against Katrine Pedersen and Julie Rydahl Bukh. The second leg ended 1-1 in Odense on 15 September, with the same players involved. France went on to beat England to earn a finals place.

• On 28 June 2001, Denmark and France met in a UEFA Women's EURO group game in Reutlingen, the former winning 4-3 en route to the last four despite losing 2-0 and 3-2 leads. Soubeyrand took on Katrine Pedersen.

• Their other competitive meetings were in 1993 qualifying, Denmark winning 4-1 at home and 4-0 away.

• Denmark won the countries' most recent match-up, a 4-0 triumph in the 2007 Algarve Cup, ending a run of three losses and a draw against France in that competition over the previous years.

• Céline Deville, Laura Georges, Camille Abily, Soubeyrand, Corine Franco and substitutes Gaëtane Thiney, Élodie Thomis and Élise Bussaglia featured in recently appointed Bruno Bini's France selection. Kenneth Heiner Møller's side included Katrine Pedersen, Theresa Nielsen, Rydahl Bukh and goalscorer Johanna Rasmussen.

• They have been frequent opponents in the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship. In the 2002 semi-finals in Landskrona, Sweden, Bini's France beat Denmark 1-0. Georges, Abily and Ophélie Meilleroux faced Mariann Knudsen and Ramsussen.

• Two and a half years later in the first qualifying round in Lithuania, France (no longer under Bini) won 2-0. Sarah Bouhaddi, Laura Boulleau, Louisa Necib and goalscorers Jessica Houara and Thomis were up against Cecilie Sørensen, Janni Arth, Line Røddik Hansen and Sine Hovesen.

• In the 2006 semi-finals, France (no longer under Bini) overcame Denmark 1-0 in Solothurn, Switzerland, with a goal from Marie-Laure Delie. France also included Houara against Sørensen, Hansen, Nanna Christiansen, Emma Madsen and substitute Hovesen.

• However, Denmark got revenge in the 2011 second qualifying round in Odense, winning 3-0, Harder scoring twice either side of a Sofie Pedersen goal. Karoline Nielsen came off the bench.

• They will face off again on 22 August in the final tournament in Wales.

• France beat Denmark 4-0 in the 2008 Women's U17 first qualifying round in Strumica. Katrine Veje and substitute Harder were on the losing side. In the second qualifying round the following season France won 2-0 in Veenendaal, with Harder and Nielsen on the defeated team.

Form guide
• France made the quarter-finals without dropping a point or having a player booked, defeating Russia 3-1 and Spain 1-0 in Norrkoping before travelling to Linkoping to overcome England 3-0 and top Group C. They have won all 11 fixtures including qualifying.

• Soubeyrand is the oldest player ever to take part at a UEFA Women's EURO and will reach 200 caps if France make the final and she contests every game.

• Denmark opened by holding hosts Sweden 1-1 in Gothenburg, where they returned to draw 1-1 with Finland after losing 2-1 to Italy in Halmstad. That left them third in Group A with two points, the same as Russia in Group C, and thus it went to the drawing of lots to decide the second-best third-placed side. Denmark were picked by UEFA Executive Committee member Karen Espelund in Norrkoping.

Team ties
• French clubs are dominant with six wins and a draw against Danish opposition in UEFA club competition.

• Most recently, Brøndy IF lost 4-0 home and away to Olympique Lyonnais in the 2011/12 UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals. Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry, Eugénie Le Sommer, Necib, Franco, Abily and Thomis faced Stina Petersen, Cecilie Sandvej, Nielsen, Mia Brogaard and Emma Madsen. Abily and Necib scored in the first leg in France; Le Sommer struck twice in the return along with Abily and Thomis.