Højbjerg hits late equaliser for Denmark

By SFC Media Thu 21 Mar International
Photo by Getty Images | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Denmark, as his country drew 2-2 in a friendly in Kosovo on Thursday evening.

The Danes surprisingly trailed twice to their hosts, a relative newcomer to international football, but twice fought back to earn a share of the spoils.

Tottenham midfielder and Denmark’s star man Christian Eriksen arrived off the bench to cancel out Amir Rrahmani’s first-half opener, but Kosovo immediately edged back in front through Swansea man Bersant Celina.

Højbjerg’s side looked destined for a shock defeat until the 23-year-old embarked on a surging run as the game entered added time, driving into the box via a one-two with Simon Kjaer and calmly picking his spot to spare Denmark’s blushes. 

Elsewhere, Jan Bednarek enjoyed a perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying, helping Poland to three points and a clean sheet against Austria, their highest-ranked opponents in Group G.

Substitute Krzysztof Piatek, who plays his club football for AC Milan, came on as a second-half substitute to score the winner in the 69th minute in Vienna.

It would prove a less successful night’s work for Stuart Armstrong, who was on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan, as Scotland made the worst possible start to their own qualification campaign.

Angus Gunn, the fourth Saint in action, joined his teammates in completing 90 minutes – his first appearance at international level for 12 months.

The young goalkeeper was left with no chance from Sebastian Szymanski's unstoppable free-kick, as England Under-21s were held to a 1-1 draw by their Polish counterparts at Ashton Gate.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had opened the scoring for the Young Lions, who were in friendly action as they continue their preparations for this summer’s European Championship in Italy and San Marino.

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