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Danish smash and grab shocks Portuguese

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 Sep 2008

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Denmark came from behind with two goals in injury time to shock Portugal 3-2 in their World Cup Group one qualifier in Lisbon on Wednesday.

A penalty from Chelsea star Deco four minutes from time looked to have secured a routine win for the Portuguese, coached by former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, after Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner had levelled the hosts opener on 42 minutes from United winger Nani.

But in a frantic finale the Danes, surprise European champions in 1992 but who have been virtually off the radar since, turned the match on its head as Christian Poulsen netted in the 90th minute and Daniel Jensen scored the clincher in the second minute of time added on.

The win gives Morten Olsen’s side a massive boost after they could only draw their first match away to Hungary while the Portuguese, still badly missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, won 4-0 at little Malta.

With only the top side guaranteed to go through and Sweden also in the Group One mix, Queiroz will have to rally the troops after this unexpected home loss.

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