Danes still alive despite loss in Portugal – The Post

Danes still alive despite loss in Portugal

Albania must win in Armenia on Sunday to thwart the Danish Euro 2016 bid

Roligans still have a chance for joy on Sunday (photo: iStock)
October 9th, 2015 8:50 am| by Christian W

Denmark finished up its Euro 2016 Group I qualification campaign by losing 1-0 to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in Braga last night thanks to a second half strike by Joao Moutinho.

Denmark’s inability to score, the third scoreless game in a row for the Danes, once again led to their demise, although Nicklas Bendtner came close to breaking the goal duck when he hit the post early in the second half. The result means that Portugal has qualified for Euro 2016.

“It’s not down here we should be picking up points,” head coach Morten Olsen, told Bold.dk. “We can only blame ourselves for not getting points elsewhere.”

“Martin Braithwaite and Nicklas Bendtner were good offensively and we could have scored. The second half was better than the first for us.”

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Albania must win
But if they were lacking a bit of luck in Portugal, the Danes did enjoy some fortune last night as nearest challengers, Albania lost 0-2 at home to Serbia thanks to two last-minute goals.

That result could prove critical. Just one point ahead of Albania, Denmark has played all its games while Albania have Armenia away on Sunday.

But Albania must win in Armenia to relegate Denmark to the playoff games. And that could prove difficult, as Albania have failed to score a goal in their past three matches.