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Denmark dig deep to down Armenia

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.33CET
Denmark 2-1 Armenia
Pierre Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg struck for the hosts after Henrikh Mkhitaryan threatened to consign them to defeat in their Group I opener.
by Nicklas Vinde
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Match statistics

DenmarkArmenia

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts18
 
7
on target5
 
2
off target8
 
2
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
13

Standings

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Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.33CET

Denmark dig deep to down Armenia

Denmark 2-1 Armenia
Pierre Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg struck for the hosts after Henrikh Mkhitaryan threatened to consign them to defeat in their Group I opener.

Denmark avenge their 4-0 loss to Armenia in June 2013 to begin Group I with a win
Armenia take a second-half lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The hosts respond via 19-year-old Pierre Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg
Armenia have conceded at least two goals in their last seven matches
Next games: Armenia v Serbia, Albania v Denmark (11 October)

Teenager Pierre Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg grabbed the goals as Denmark battled back in Copenhagen to down Armenia 2-1 and make a winning start in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I.

Beaten 4-0 by the same visitors in June 2013 on the road to the FIFA World Cup, Denmark looked set for another damaging loss when Henrikh Mkhitaryan found the net shortly after half-time. There was to be no repeat, however, as Morten Olsen's men responded in style, Kahlenberg heading the winner with ten minutes remaining.

Denmark had begun the game on top as well, though their dominance faded as the first half unfolded. The interval came without clear chances for either team and if Olsen imagined his charges would retake control after the restart, he was in for a shock.

Instead, Armenia delivered the opening blow on 50 minutes as Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mkhitaryan drove a powerful shot beyond Kasper Schmeichel from distance. Suddenly, Denmark's supporters were left fearing the worst, and that sensation was magnified when Michael Krohn-Dehli had a goal disallowed for offside moments later.

Relief nonetheless came when FC Bayern München midfielder Højbjerg levelled the scores midway through the half. A long throw from the right was only half-cleared by the Armenian defence, and the 19-year-old met the ball with a sweetly timed volley from 25 metres which flew into the corner past Roman Berezovski.

Denmark then completed their comeback via Kahlenberg, the Brøndby IF midfielder registering six minutes after coming on by connecting with a perfect Nicklas Bendtner cross. The Scandinavian hopefuls will aim to continue their good start in Albania next month, when Armenia host Serbia.

Last updated: 09/09/15 9.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013820/postmatch/report/index.html#denmark+down+armenia

Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Armenia

Armenia

1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK) (C)
2
AnkersenPeter Ankersen
3
HaroyanVarazdat Haroyan
3
KjærSimon Kjær
Substitution57
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
Substitution66
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Yellow Card75
7
KvistWilliam Kvist (C)
Substitution74
9
HovsepyanRumyan Hovsepyan
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
10
EriksenChristian Eriksen
13
K. HovhannisyanKamo Hovhannisyan
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
12
BjellandAndreas Bjelland
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal50
Substitution71
14
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution56
20
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan
23
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
Yellow Card54
Goal65
22
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution84

Substitutes

16
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
14
BeglaryanArsen Beglaryan (GK)
22
LarsenNicolai Larsen (GK)
12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
4
OkoreJores Okore
Substitution57
2
MiranyanArtur Miranyan
6
WürtzRasmus Würtz
4
T. VoskanyanTaron Voskanyan
Substitution66
8
CorneliusAndreas Cornelius
6
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
13
KnudsenJonas Knudsen
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Substitution71
15
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
Substitution74
Goal80
11
SarkisovArtur Sarkisov
17
KuskKasper Kusk
16
Aslanyan   Norair Aslanyan
18
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
17
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
19
WassDaniel Wass
19
HambartsumyanHovhannes Hambartsumyan
20
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
21
DashyanArtak Dashyan
Substitution84
21
VibeLasse Vibe
Substitution56
23
AlexAlex

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Cristian Balaj (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

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