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Denmark held by Husin header

Saturday, 4 September 2004

By Peter Bruun at the Parken stadium

[1] Andriy Husin's second-half equaliser earned Ukraine a first FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 2 point after Martin Jørgensen had seemingly put Denmark in control at half-time.

Fast start

[2] Denmark made the perfect start as ACF Fiorentina winger Jørgensen got the opening goal after just ten minutes. It was a wicked Jesper Grønkjaer cross from the right flank which caused all kinds of problems for the Ukrainian defence and was met at the far post by Jørgensen, who steered the ball into the roof of the net.

Tomasson close

[3] The home side were passing the ball around confidently and could have doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Jørgensen turned provider, putting over a cross with the outside of his right foot for Jon Dahl Tomasson to glance a header that was expertly saved by the outstreched hand of Olexander Shovkovsky.

Wing threat

[4] The twin-wing threat of Jørgensen and Grønkjaer was causing Ukraine all kinds of problems and it nearly led to another goal 15 minutes from the interval when Peter Madsen prodded Jørgensen's teasing centre just past the post.

Ukraine respond

[5] After the break it was a different Ukraine however. They began the second period far more brightly than they had finished the first and came close to equalising three minutes after the break when Andriy Shevchenko lashed a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Husin equaliser

[6] The goal did arrive eight minutes later though, as Husin rose to meet a Anatoliy Tymoschuk corner and head the ball into the bottom corner of the net past a stranded Thomas Sørensen.

Close shave

[7] Amazingly the game was nearly turned on its head just seconds later as Andriy Voronin hit a shot from the edge of the box which was defected on to the bar, looping over Sørensen as he watched it sail over his head.

Home side surprise

[8] Denmark seemed shell-shocked by the turn of events and were rushing their passes in an attempt to get back into the game. But the nearest they came to grabbing a winner was a Jørgensen close-range shot parried over the bar on 73 minutes, and time ran out.

Golden point

[9] Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin is without a victory from his seven games in charge but will take great heart from a point gained as his team continue their campaign in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Denmark visit Albania next on 9 October.

Denmark's Thomas Gravesen takes on the Ukrainian defence