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Christian Norgaard impresses on Danish international debut

Midfielder makes bow in goalless draw against England

9 September 2020

Christian Norgaard put in a Man of the Match performance on his senior international debut for Denmark last night.

The midfielder stepped into the heart of the Danish midfield for their Nations League A2 fixture against England in Copenhagen while Henrik Dalsgaard watched on from the bench. Christian put in a typically committed display as both sides struggled to create chances at Telia Parken; the best of which in the first half fell to Martin Braithwaite and Christian Eriksen. The 26-year-old was withdrawn with 15 minutes to play shortly before the best of the second-half opportunities. Eriksen blazed over following Yussuf Poulsen's cushioned header before Harry Kane latched onto a long ball from Kieran Trippier and rounded Kasper Schmeichel only for Mathias Jørgensen to clear off the line. The point was Denmark’s first of this current Nations League campaign with a trip to Iceland coming up next month.

As for Iceland and Patrik Gunnarsson they were beaten 5-1 by Belgium in League A2 last night. A deflected Holmbert Fridjonsson’s effort gave Iceland an early lead but the World’s top ranked side roared back with two goals in four minutes through Axel Witsel and Michy Batshuayi. Dries Mertens added a third five minutes after the restart before Batshuayi grabbed his second. The scoring was completed late on by teenager Jeremy Doku. Patrik was an unused sub for an Iceland side who sit bottom of League A2 after two defeats from two.

A historic double from Cristiano Ronaldo downed Pontus Jansson and Sweden in League A3. The game changed late in the first-half as Gustav Svensson picked up a second booking, Ronaldo slamming the resulting free-kick home to become the first European player to 100 international goals. The Juventus striker added a second with 18 minutes to play as Sweden suffered consecutive defeats to begin their campaign. Pontus played the full 90 minutes in Stockholm to earn his 25th international cap.


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