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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 19:57 GMT 20:57 UK
Denmark 0-0 N Ireland
By Alvin McCaig

Steven Davis is tackled by Peter Loverkrands in Copenhagen
Steven Davis is tackled by Peter Loverkrands in Copenhagen
Northern Ireland put in an impressive defensive display to claim a point in Saturday night's Euro 2008 qualifier against the Danes in Copenhagen.

Denmark dominated from the start with Jon Dahl Tomasson and Peter Lovenkrands going close before Jonny Evans made a vital clearance just before the break.

The visitors offered little in attack while Denmark continually pressed and Daniel Agger hit the crossbar late on.

A booking rules Michael Duff out of Wednesday's game against Latvia.

The Danes may have enjoyed the bulk of possession but they failed to create any clear-cut chances against a well organised N Ireland side.

Former Rangers striker Lovenkrands and Martin Jorgensen were off target with early efforts before NI keeper Maik Taylor was booked for time-wasting after just 10 minutes.

Tomasson sent a 16th minute header just wide and Lovenkrands also went close with a flicked header from Daniel Agger's inswinging free-kick.

The visitors failed to threaten at the other end and Kyle Laverty's turn and shot on 39 minutes, which was easily saved by Thomas Sorensen, was their first attack of any substance.

Denmark looked dangerous in the closing minutes of the half and a Jorgansen shot from 18 yards took two deflections before flying wide.

Manchester United defender Evans came to the rescue on 44 minutes with a vital clearance after Maik Taylor could only push Thomas Kahlenberg's strike across goal.

Duff picked up his booking just before the break, the Burnley defender's second yellow card in qualifying, and will miss the visit of the Latvians to Windsor Park.

The influential Jorgensen saw his 30-yard shot skid just wide three minutes into the second half before David Healy sent a low effort straight at Sorensen.

Damien Johnson, back after serving a ban, replaced Sammy Clingan in the NI midfield after 57 minutes.

Evans was booked for a foul which resulted in a free-kick on the edge of the box - Niclas Jensen blasted the ball straight into the wall.

Jesper Christensen came on for the injured Sorensen on 68 minutes and proceeded to drop the ball from a corner, only for his defence to scramble it clear.

Taylor made a superb save from Christian Poulsen's long-range strike before Aaron Hughes headed Claus Jensen's goalbound curler away from danger.

Agger came closest to breaching the NI defence in the 86th minute with a 25-yard shot which clipped the crossbar.

Denmark were camped in the NI half in the closing stages but Lawrie Sanchez's team held firm during six minutes of added time to secure a hard-fought draw.

The result leaves N Ireland third in Group F with four points from three games.


Denmark: Sorensen (Christiansen 68), Jacobsen, Gravgaard, Agger, Niclas Jensen (Bendtner 73), Daniel Jensen, Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Tomasson, Jorgensen, Lovenkrands (Claus Jensen 55).
Subs Not Used: Helveg, Laursen, Wurtz, Kristiansen.

Northern Ireland: Taylor, Duff, Hughes, Craigan, Baird, Clingan (Johnson 56), Davis, Evans, Gillespie, Lafferty (Jones 63), Healy (Feeney 84).
Subs Not Used: Carroll, Elliott, Quinn, Capaldi.

Booked: Taylor, Duff, Evans, Gillespie.

Att: 41,482.

Ref: Konrad Plautz (Austria).

SEE ALSO
Sanchez warns of harder job ahead
07 Oct 06 |  Internationals
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