Danish young guns closing in on Euros
Group winners beat Russia 4-2 in Aalborg
The Danish under-21 national team qualified for the final playoff round for the 2015 European Championships in Czech Republic after beating second-placed Russia 4-2 in the decider in Aalborg tonight.
Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) opened the scoring after just five minutes, before the Russians equalized on their first chance thirty minutes later.
Christensen then put the Danes – the best Danish under-21 side in years – ahead with his second just before the break and goals from 199-cm Jannik Vestergaard (Hoffenheim) and young Chelsea starlet Andreas Christensen in the second half sealed the win.
The three points means that the Danes have won qualification Group 2 as they are currently four points ahead of the Russians with just one match left next week.
But Denmark’s game at home to Bulgaria on September 9 is still important because of seeding ramifications for the final playoffs.
Turkish delight in Odense
In other footballing news, the full Danish national lost 1-2 to Turkey in a warm-up friendly in Odense ahead of their opening 2016 European Championships qualification.
Daniel Agger put the Danes ahead on a penalty 30 minutes into the first half before Olcay Sahan and Ozan Tufan won it for the Turks after the break.
Morten Olsen’s boys take on Armenia in their first Group I match on Sunday at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, the very same pitch on which Armenia humbled the Danes 0-4 during the 2014 World Cup qualification just over a year ago.