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Albania refuse to yield to Denmark pressure

Published: Friday 4 September 2015, 23.00CET
Denmark 0-0 Albania
The home side were denied by visiting keeper Etrit Berisha on a number of occasions as they failed to replace Portugal at the top of Group I.
by Nicklas Vinde
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Match statistics

DenmarkAlbania

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts17
 
8
on target5
 
3
off target9
 
3
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
9

Standings

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Published: Friday 4 September 2015, 23.00CET

Albania refuse to yield to Denmark pressure

Denmark 0-0 Albania
The home side were denied by visiting keeper Etrit Berisha on a number of occasions as they failed to replace Portugal at the top of Group I.

  • Denmark miss chance to overtake Portugal at top of section
  • Hosts find no way past Etrit Berisha to remain a point behind leaders
  • Albania level on ten points with Morten Olsen's men after resolute performance
  • Next games: Armenia v Denmark, Albania v Portugal (7 September)

Denmark failed to overtake Portugal at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I as a resolute Albania refused to buckle in Copenhagen.

Home coach Morten Olsen pulled a rabbit out of the hat by giving 20-year-old Pione Sisto his debut and the talented Midtjylland winger showed plenty of promise in the first half. After 15 minutes, he had the first effort of the match but despite displaying his quick feet to cruise past Albania captain Lorik Cana the finish flew straight into the arms of Etrit Berisha. The visitors were not without threat themselves and Sokol Çikalleshi's header had Kasper Schmeichel scrambling to tip over the bar.

Olsen attempted to up his sides' game in the second period by introducing both goalscorers from June's win against Serbia – Yussuf Poulsen and Jakob Poulsen. That tipped the balance the way of the Danes and they cranked up the pressure on Berisha's goal.

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Nicklas Bendtner attempts to get Denmark going forward

Nicklas Bendtner had a shot blocked on the line by Ansi Agolli eight minutes after the restart before Nicolai Jørgensen followed up with a number of big chances. It looked like he had given the hosts the lead when his header from Jakob Poulsen's corner was heading into the net only for Berisha to pull off an outstanding stop.

Two minutes later it was Jørgensen who dribbled pass two defenders but sent a shot straight into the arms of the keeper. Denmark pushed all the way to the end but there was almost a sting in the tail for them side as Odise Roshi sprinted clear on the break in added time but a sigh of relief sounded from the stadium as Schmeichel made himself big to deny the substitute an unlikely winner.

Last updated: 06/09/15 1.22CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Albania

Albania

1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
3
KjærSimon Kjær
Yellow Card86
3
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
Substitution64
4
AggerDaniel Agger (C)
5
CanaLorik Cana (C)
5
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
6
XhimshitiBerat Xhimshiti
6
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
Yellow Card32
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
Yellow Card32
7
KvistWilliam Kvist
Substitution46
11
GashiShkëlzen Gashi
Substitution83
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
13
KukeliBurim Kukeli
Yellow Card77
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
14
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Yellow Card86
14
SistoPione Sisto
Substitution46
15
Arlind AjetiArlind Ajeti
Yellow Card75
19
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
16
ÇikalleshiSokol Çikalleshi
23
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
22
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution64

Substitutes

22
LösslJonas Lössl (GK)
12
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
16
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
23
HoxhaAlban Hoxha (GK)
2
WassDaniel Wass
2
LilaAndi Lila
8
BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite
4
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani
10
SviatchenkoErik Sviatchenko
8
BashaMigjen Basha
Substitution64
12
K. HansenKian Hansen
9
Memushaj                      Ledian Memushaj
13
DelaneyThomas Delaney
10
SadikuArmando Sadiku
Substitution64
15
A. ChristensenAndreas Christensen
17
AlijiNaser Aliji
17
RasmussenMorten Rasmussen
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
18
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
Substitution46
19
BalajBekim Balaj
20
Y. PoulsenYussuf Poulsen
Substitution46
20
KaçeErgys Kaçe
21
VibeLasse Vibe
21
RoshiOdise Roshi
Substitution83

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Giovanni de Biasi (ALB)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Francis Connor (SCO)

Fourth official

Alastair Mather (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution