Andreas Bjelland helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last night and now has a chance, alongside Henrik Dalsgaard and Lasse Vibe, to create a piece of Brentford history.
The central-defender played the full 90 minutes as Åge Hareide’s side recovered from an early Shane Duffy goal to cruise past the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. A Cyrus Christie own-goal levelled the tie just before the half-hour with Christian Eriksen’s sublime strike giving Denmark the advantage three minutes later. Eriksen completed his hat-trick with two more fine finishes after the interval with Nicklas Bendtner adding a fifth from the spot in added time.
The win means that Andreas, alongside fellow Danish internationals Henrik Dalsgaard and Lasse Vibe, has a chance to become the first-ever contracted Bee to appear at a FIFA World Cup.
Kamohelo Mokotjo was an unused substitute as South Africa’s disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign came to an end with a 2-1 defeat in Dakar against Senegal. Friday’s defeat in the reverse fixture ended Bafana Bafana’s hopes of making it to Russia and they went down by the same scoreline last night at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor: Opa Nguette and an injury-time Kara Mbodji goal deciding the game in the hosts' favour, Percy Tau on target for South Africa.