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Last Updated: Monday, 14 June, 2004, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Denmark 0-0 Italy

Denmark defender Martin Laursen beats striker Christian Vieri to a header
Italy got off to a poor start in their Euro 2004 campaign as they produced a disappointing display against Denmark.

Italy's best chance came just before half-time when Denmark keeper Thomas Sorensen's reactions denied Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti.

But Denmark dominated most of the game only to lack the cutting edge in attack to prise open their rivals.

Striker Jon-Dahl Tomasson had a chance late on but Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon saved his side's blushes.

Denmark had Italy on the backfoot but their early air of confidence was almost pierced by a stinging shot by Totti whose 35-yard goalbound drive was pushed around the post by keeper Sorensen.

A similarly well struck 20-yard shot by Thomas Helveg forced Italy keeper Buffon into punching the effort clear.

Italy were struggling to find any rhythm while Denmark continued to threaten but were being thwarted by some typically adroit defending from Giovanni Trapattoni's side.

KEY MOMENTS
43 mins: Sorensen produces a superb double save
74mins: Tomasson's shot is saved and Rommedahl's follow-up cleared

Despite the searing Guimaraes heat, left-back Niclas Jensen's forward runs were causing problems only for his crosses to find Italian defenders rather than Danish team-mates.

The first half ended in a flurry of goalmouth action which saw Sorenesen produce a fine instinctive double save.

He got his hand to Del Piero's left foot shot from close range and then kept out Totti's follow-up effort.

Denmark immediately went up the other end and Buffon had to scramble low to his right to keep out Martin Jorgensen's angled shot.

Sorensen was quickly in action again after the interval as he superbly tipped over a firm Christian Vieri header from a Zambrotta cross.

The goalkeepers were having a major say in the game and Buffon was at full stretch to keep out a well struck Tomasson shot from 18 yards.

The rebound fell to Rommedahl but he chose to shoot instead of passing and his effort was cleared.

Italy looked poor and one of the tournament's favourites had to settle for a point.


Denmark: Sorensen, Niclas Jensen, Henriksen, Laursen, Helveg, Poulsen (Priske 76), Tomasson, Daniel Jensen, Jorgensen (Perez 72), Sand (Claus Jensen 69), Rommedahl.
Subs Not Used: Skov-Jensen, Andersen, Bogelund, Kahlenberg, Kroldrup, Madsen, Lovenkrands.

Booked: Tomasson, Helveg.

Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Nesta, Panucci, Zanetti (Gattuso 57), Perrotta, Del Piero (Cassano 64), Totti, Camoranesi (Fiore 68), Vieri.
Subs Not Used: Toldo, Peruzzi, Oddo, Ferrari, Corradi, Favalli, Di Vaio, Pirlo, Materazzi.

Booked: Cannavaro, Cassano, Gattuso, Totti.

Attendance: 30,000

Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain).


OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA
Category Denmark Italy
Total shots 12 12
Shots on target 6 5
Possession 55% 45%
Corners won 7 5
Fouls committed 22 21
Offsides 3 2
Bookings 2 4
Sent Off 0 0



TRIVIA

  • The goalless draw for Italy is the sixth in their European Championship history.
  • With the total number of goalless draws at the European Championship now standing at 18, Italy have been involved in 33% of those matches.
  • Denmark have never won their opening match at the European Championship. In seven tries, Denmark posted three draws and four defeats.





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