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Denmark defeat as Under-21s battle to draw

Eriksen plays in Croatia match, Bidstrup for U21 side

11 June 2022

International matches continued on Friday night with both Denmark's senior and Under-21 sides featuring Brentford players.

Christian Eriksen played all of Denmark's Nations League defeat to Croatia. The Danes lost 1-0 to a Mario Pasalic goal in the second half. Mathias Jensen was an unused substitue as they reached the halfway point in Group A1.

Eriksen secured appearance number 115 for his national side last night, who still sit top of their group that also includes France and Austria. Both of them were beaten 2-1 earlier this month and it's the latter side up next on Monday 13 June.

Christian gave his summary of the game to UEFA TV after the game, saying: "I think we fought hard. It was a tough game." You can watch his whole chat here.

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Elsewhere, Mads Bidstrup played the full 90 minutes as Denmark U21s drew 1-1 with Scotland at Vejle Stadion. Rangers' Stephen Kelly had given the away side a half-time lead with a free-kick from the edge of the box but it was cancelled out by Maurits Kjærgaard of Red Bull Salzburg in the second half.

The result means that Denmark have secured at least a play-off spot in qualifying for next year's U21 European Championship, finishing second behind Belgium in Group I. While they can't catch the Red Devils, Denmark can still automatically qualify for the tournament as the best of the second-placed teams. They have one more game to play on Tuesday 14 June against Turkey. A win, plus results elsewhere going the right way, will mean they avoid an eight-team play-off campaign in September 2022.

Republic of Ireland and Norway also have another group stage game to play and can qualify above Denmark next week. Currently, Switzerland are holding the coveted automatic place but have played all of their games. A place in Romania and Georgia, the co-hosts of the 2023 tournament, could still be snatched at the final moment by Bidstrup and the team.

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