Højbjerg scores in Denmark draw

By SFC Media time Fri 07 Jun International
Photo by Getty Images | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg scored his second goal in his last three international appearances as Denmark were surprisingly held to a draw by Ireland in Copenhagen on Friday night.

The Saints skipper, a second-half substitute for Ajax’s Lasse Schone, had only been
on the field for a matter of minutes before perfectly timing a run from midfield to meet Jens Stryger Larsen's cross and head past Darren Randolph on 76 minutes.

The goal looked to have secured a much-needed three points for the Danes only for Brighton’s Shane Duffy to powerfully equalise with a header of his own five minutes from time.

The result maintained Mick McCarthy’s side’s unbeaten start to EURO 2020 Qualifying Group D while Højbjerg’s drew for the second consecutive time.

There was better news for Jan Bednarek in Macedonia however, as Poland made it three wins from three with a narrow 1-0 victory at the Telekom Arena in Skopje.

Bednarek played the full 90 minutes for the visitors who were made to sweat by their unfancied hosts and ultimately had Milan’s Krzysztof Piątek to thank on the night, the striker scoring with one of his first touches from the bench moments after the start of the second half.

Elsewhere in EURO 2020 qualifying, Moi Elyounoussi was an unused substitute as Norway spurned a two-goal lead in the final 15 minutes to drop two points against Romania in Oslo.

Second-half goals from the Saints winger’s cousin Tarik and Martin Ødegaard put the Norwegians in cruise control only for Claudiu Keseru’s late brace to earn a share of the spoils for the away side. Following Sweden’s 3-0 against Malta, Norway sit five points adrift of second place after just three matches; they face bottom of the table Faroe Islands on Monday night.

In France, a 15-minute cameo from Josh Sims was not enough to prevent England’s U20s from falling to a third defeat in a row, this time to Chile, at the Toulon tournament.

Arsenal’s Joe Willock put the Young Lions ahead in first-half stoppage time but a double salvo from Ivan Morales and Pablo Aranguiz inside the final three minutes sent Paul Simpson’s side home from the south of France pointless.


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