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Monday Sport Notes: ‘Czech’ out those Danes

In other sports news, FC Copenhagen snatched a last-gasp Champions League qualification spot and Rikke Møller Pedersen got a medal upgrade


Mikkel Bødker's shootout goal capped a heroic comeback for the Danes against the Czech Republic and kept alive their quarter-final hopes (Photo: Scanpix)

May 19, 2014
13:22

by Christian Wenande


The Danish ice hockey team kept its quarter-final hopes alive at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk thanks to a heroic victory against the Czech Republic over the weekend. Down 1-3 in the third period, the Danes battled back to draw level with a minute remaining before winning the shootout for their first ever win against the Czechs. Despite sitting in seventh place, the Danes now know that a win against the French today at 16:45 would put them on the brink of a quarter-final place should they get a result against Slovakia in the last group game tomorrow afternoon.

Tinkoff-Saxo still sniffing about
Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s goal to have a rider finish in the top five in the Giro D’Italia is alive and kicking after the ninth stage on Sunday. Its Polish co-captain, Rafal Majka, is currently sitting in third, a minute and ten seconds behind the race’s current race leader, the Australian rider Cadel Evans. Denmark's Chris Anker Sørensen is in 54th place and Christopher Juul Jensen 111th ahead of the tour making its wait to the mountains later this week.

Lions snatch silver in exciting finish
FC Copenhagen have managed to salvage something from a disappointing season by beating Odense 3-2 and leapfrogging the Wolves of FC Midtjylland into second place to secure a place in next season’s Champions League qualification rounds along with new champions Aalborg, who last Thursday defeated FCK in the Danish Cup Final to secure their first ever double. FCM only needed a draw away at SønderjyskE to qualify for the CL, but lost 1-3 to instead qualify for the Europa League along with Brøndby and Esbjerg.

Magnussen gearing up for Monaco
Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, Kevin Magnussen has stated that it will take some time for his McLaren team to make up the ground they have lost so far in Formula One this season. Despite finishing second in his debut race at the Australian Grand Prix, the young Dane has failed to crack the top eight since and is just a 200/1 outsider to win the Monaco Grand Prix, according to Bet 365.

Wozzie looking to rebound
After having to pull out of the recent WTA tournament in Rome due to injury, Caroline Wozniacki is ready to bounce back at the upcoming French Open, the second grand slam of the year, which starts on Sunday. Poor play and injuries have stifled the Dane’s clay season, but the 24-year-old still rose to 14th place in the world rankings today. The betting sites, however, are not convinced and Bet 365 has her as a 100/1 outsider to win in Paris.

Pedersen gets medal upgrade
Rikke Møller Pedersen has traded her silver medal at the European Championships for a gold one after Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova was found guilty of using prohibited substances when she won the 200-metre breaststroke in Herning in December last year. The decision also meant that Pedersen got her bronze medal in the 100-metre breaststroke upgraded to a silver.



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