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Miracle in Basel! Denmark in epic comeback against the Swiss

Danes overturn three-goal deficit in last six minutes to steal a draw in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier

What a comeback! (photo: UEFA.com)
March 26th, 2019 11:34 pm| by Christian W

Football is a funny old game sometimes.

One minute your are down 3-0 with six minutes to go, and the next you’ve managed to claw back and somehow eek out a result.

That was the reality tonight in Basel as Denmark somehow found a way to get a 3-3 draw against Switzerland in the their opening match of Group D of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, thanks to three goals in the last minutes of a game they had been outplayed in for 85 minutes.

The Swiss took the lead after 19 minutes through Remo Freuler, a goal that should clearly have been disallowed for handball, as the Danes languished through an immensely feeble first half.

Granit Xhaka hammered home a second on 66 minutes, and Breel Embolo bundled in a third on 76 minutes as the hapless Danes looked on their way to disaster.

But when Mathias Zanka Jørgensen’s header gave the Danes a sliver of hope with six minutes left and substitute Christian Gytkjaer added another on 88 minutes, the chase was on.

And the hero on the night turned out to be right back Henrik Dalsgaard who headed home three minutes into injury time to secure the valuable, albeit unlikely point for the Danes. Check out the goals in the video below.

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Streak remains alive
Aside from the point, Åge Hareide’s boys can also appreciate that their 26-game unbeaten streak (in regular time at least – they lost to Croatia on penalties at the World Cup last summer) remains intact.

The Danes haven’t lost since succumbing to a 0-1 home defeat to Montenegro on 11 October 2016.

They look to continue that impressive run at home against Group D leaders  Ireland on June 7 and then, at the Telia Parken Stadium again three days later, against Georgia.

Denmark's last 26 games:


Switzerland – Denmark 3-3
Kosovo – Denmark 2-2
Denmark – Ireland 0-0
Wales – Denmark 1-2
Denmark – Austria 2-0
Ireland – Denmark 0-0
Denmark – Wales 2-0
Croatia- Denmark 1-1 (4-3 penalty shootout)
Denmark – France 0-0
Denmark – Australia 1-1
Peru – Denmark 0-1
Denmark – Mexico 2-0
Sweden – Denmark 0-0
Denmark – Chile 0-0
Denmark – Panama 1-0
Ireland – Denmark 1-5
Denmark – Ireland 0-0
Denmark – Romania 1-1
Denmark – Montenegro 0-1
Armenia – Denmark 1-4
Denmark – Poland 4-0
Kazakhstan – Denmark 1-3
Denmark – Germany 1-1
Romania – Denmark 0-0
Czech Republic – Denmark 1-1
Denmark – Kazakhstan 4-1