In the battle of Brentford defenders, it was Henrik Dalsgaard and Denmark who came out on top against Chris Mepham’s Wales in the Nations League last night.
It was the first time since the mid-1930s that two Brentford players had lined-up against each other in an international match as the two sides met in Aarhus. Despite their disrupted preparations for the game, it was The Danes who took the lead just past the half hour. Henrik was heavily involved as he picked out Christian Eriksen with a low cross from the right which the Tottenham Hotspur’s man controlled and dispatched into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
And it was Eriksen who wrapped up the win on the hour as he converted from the penalty spot after Ethan Ampadu was harshly adjudged to have handled a cross. That was how it finished as Henrik and Denmark kept a seventh clean sheet in nine home internationals to move top of Group B4.
Last night was the first time that Chris had tasted defeat during his four-game international career while Henrik earned his 17th cap for Denmark, and 13th while at Brentford. Both sides’ next involvement in the Nations League comes in the shape of away games against Republic of Ireland in the middle of next month.
Across in the Caribbean, Romaine Sawyers captained St Kitts and Nevis to a 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico in their opening CONCACAF Nations League qualifier overnight. Romaine came close to opening the scoring in the second-half but was denied by visiting goalkeeper Cody Laurendi following a sublime bit of skill on the edge of the box. The only goal of the game came in second-half stoppage time as the ball dropped to Nuneaton Borough’s Harrison Panayiotou on the edge of the six-yard box and he poked home.
Victory leaves St Kitts 11th in the 34-team qualifying league after the first matchday. Next up is a game away in Saint Martin in a month’s time. Last night’s appearance was Romaine’s 23rd for this nation and first as captain.