After their shock win over Holland in their Group B opener, Denmark will take on Portugal on Wednesday, June 13, in what could be a thrilling game, with Portugal in particular likely to go all out for a win. Portugal slumped to a loss against Germany and they will want to redeem themselves against a side that have got the better of them recently. Both sides were drawn in the same group of the Euro qualifiers and are well aware of each others strengths and more importantly the weaknesses.
A win will mean virtual qualification for Denmark in what was touted as the Group of Death at the start of the tournament. The Danes were expected to finish at the bottom of the group and showed great team spirit against the Dutch, and it paid off. But they would want to close the deal against the Portuguese and not have to depend for qualification to the quarter-finals on the match with Germany.
All eyes will be on Michael Krohn-Dehli who scored the winner against Holland; another player who had a great game that day was the Danish keeper, Andersen, against a Dutch forward line comprising the likes of arjen Robben, Van persie, Sneijder, Afellay and Van der Vaart.
Portugal were found wanting in attack against Group favourites Germany who prevailed on the back of a header by Mario Gomez. In a must-in match against the Danes, skipper Cristiano Ronaldo will be key to scoring against a strong Danish back line that withstood the aggressive Dutch.
Denmark’s probable eleven: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Poulsen, Jogerson, zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli, Bendtner.
Portugal’s probable eleven: Patricio, Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Veloso, Meireles, Moutinho, Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo.
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