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Denmark defeat Serbia and win Group A

Published: Tuesday 23 June 2015, 22.36CET
Denmark 2-0 Serbia
Rasmus Falk and Viktor Fischer were on the mark in an impressive display which takes Denmark through to the semi-finals as Group A winners.
by Tom Kell
from Letná Stadium

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Match statistics

DenmarkSerbia

Goals scored2
 
0
Total attempts14
 
11
on target4
 
3
off target6
 
4
blocked4
 
4
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
15
Fouls suffered13
 
9

Standings

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Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:58 CET
Published: Tuesday 23 June 2015, 22.36CET

Denmark defeat Serbia and win Group A

Denmark 2-0 Serbia
Rasmus Falk and Viktor Fischer were on the mark in an impressive display which takes Denmark through to the semi-finals as Group A winners.

Denmark beat Serbia 2-0 to qualify for semi-finals as Group A winners
Scandinavian side prevail thanks to goals from Rasmus Falk and Viktor Fischer
Denmark get out of U21 group stage for first time, at third attempt
Jess Thorup's team will face Group B runners-up in Prague semi on Saturday
Serbia finish bottom of section with a solitary point to their name

Denmark are through to the last four of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship following victory against Serbia at the Letná Stadium in Prague.

On a day when many of the travelling Scandinavian contingent had been on a Danish Football Association-organised boat trip down the Vltava, both sides had a need to steady their respective ships after record final tournament defeats on matchday two. Thorup turned to pedigree to stem the tide, naming eight senior internationals in a fluid, tactically astute starting lineup. How it paid off – he got the mature, intelligent performance he craved.

The epitome of that was returning Bayern München man Pierre Højbjerg, who varied from deep-lying midfielder to target man and most positions in between. It was on the left where he made his most telling first-half contribution, cutely playing in rampaging full-back Riza Durmisi, whose cross was met with impeccable timing by Falk's side-footed finish.

Though Serbia were still lacking the verve they showed for much of their opening draw with Germany, they soon went close through Miloš Jojić – denied by Jakob Busk – and Filip Djuričić, who slid his shot wide. The Danes, though, went closer still, Durmisi bending his free-kick against the outside of the post just before half-time.

It was from another set piece, this time delivered by Højbjerg, that Thorup's team doubled their advantage, Fischer controlling superbly inside a crowded penalty area before poking instinctively past Marko Dmitrović. The Ajax midfielder was denied by Serbia's No1 ten minutes later, before Busk had to be equally alert to keep out Jojić once more.

Last updated: 24/06/15 1.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000408/match=2015377/postmatch/report/index.html#denmark+group+a

Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Serbia

Serbia

1
BuskJakob Busk (GK)
1
DmitrovićMarko Dmitrović (GK)
2
ScholzAlexander Scholz
2
KovačevićAleksandar Kovačević
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard (C)
3
PetkovićMarko Petković (C)
Yellow Card63
6
A. ChristensenAndreas Christensen
Yellow Card54
7
ČaušićGoran Čaušić
7
FischerViktor Fischer
Goal47
Substitution66
9
PešićAleksandar Pešić
9
Y. PoulsenYussuf Poulsen
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
10
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
Substitution89
11
ČavrićAleksandar Čavrić
Substitution59
13
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
13
N. PetrovićNemanja Petrović
Yellow Card62
15
ThomsenNicolaj Thomsen
15
SpajićUroš Spajić
18
FalkRasmus Falk
Goal21
Substitution85
18
JojićMiloš Jojić
Substitution66
19
JønssonJens Jønsson
20
ĆirkovićLazar Ćirković
Yellow Card41
Substitution81

Substitutes

16
RønnowFrederik Rønnow (GK)
12
PerićNikola Perić (GK)
3
SørensenFrederik Sørensen
4
MijailovićSrdjan Mijailović
8
L. ChristensenLasse Vigen Christensen
Substitution66
5
ĆosićUroš Ćosić
11
BechUffe Bech
Substitution85
6
PantićAleksandar Pantić
Substitution81
12
BanggaardPatrick Banggaard
8
IvanićMirko Ivanić
14
RemmerChristoffer Remmer
16
MilunovićLuka Milunović
Substitution59
17
NørgaardChristian Nørgaard
Substitution89
17
FilipovićAleksandar Filipović
20
Brock-MadsenNicolai Brock-Madsen
19
TrujićNikola Trujić
Substitution66
21
BerggreenEmil Berggreen
21
S. SrnićSlavoljub Srnić
22
JensenDavid Jensen (GK)
23
StevanovićNemanja Stevanović (GK)
23
SistoPione Sisto

Coach

Jess Thorup (DEN) Mladen Dodić (SRB)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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