Teams /  Denmark  / Denmark 
Denmark have 940 Fans
World Cup 2010: Daniel Agger sees points as only positive for Denmark
Mike Perez, Press Association - 4 years ago

Denmark's defender Daniel Agger said the three points from their 2-1 victory over Cameroon that put their World Cup campaign back on track were one of very few positives his side could take from the match.

With both sides having lost their opening Group E games, Denmark and Cameroon knew they needed to get something out of the match in Pretoria.

Cameroon took the lead through their captain, Samuel Eto'o, in the 10th minute after a mistake by Christian Poulsen but Denmark bounced back with goals in each half by Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl.

However, Denmark rode their luck at times as Cameroon pushed forward at every opportunity to try to avoid becoming the first team to be knocked out, while Morten Olsen's side missed a couple of great chances to wrap the game up in the second half.

Agger, who was named man of the match, admitted it was far from the perfect display from Denmark but said getting the win was the main thing.

"Particularly in the first half it was one of the worst performances we've given in a long time," he said. "Our transitions were poor, we didn't cover well. If they'd been a bit more clinical, they would have scored more goals and we would have been out of it in the first half, but to our credit we do fight.

"We tried to stand together and we scored two goals. We had other opportunities as well but sometimes it became a bit of a kick-and-rush game, going up and down and up and down, and that's not really the way we want to play.

"But we've got three points. That's the most positive thing I can say."

Echoing the thoughts of his coach, who likewise was not overly impressed by his team's display, the Liverpool centre-back added: "We know it was a really bad game, especially in the first half. We didn't play like a team.

"We didn't play like we have to if we want to progress. Clearly it wasn't good enough but if you can still win playing like that it's a positive.

"We are a team, we stand together as a team and to our credit we did come back in the match. It didn't look too good at one point but the positive thing is that we did fight back."

The goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen said: "It was disappointing but I always felt we were in the game. It was a brave fight in the end as we were under a bit of pressure, so overall a great win. Maybe not the prettiest game a Danish football team has ever played but I thought it was effective and that's what we needed, we needed a win."

Denmark now face a winner-takes-all clash with Japan in Rustenburg on Thursday. With the group leaders Holland already through and Cameroon out, Denmark and Japan are vying for the second qualifying berth. Both teams are on three points but Japan have a superior goal difference.

If Denmark had taken advantage of one of their chances late on against Cameroon they would be the team sitting in second spot and needing only a draw but their coach Olsen admits they were not thinking about that during the game. "We just wanted to win this match. We had the opportunity to get the third goal but we only wanted to win, we didn't think about that during the match," Olsen said.

Share your thoughts
Sign in to comment

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

BBC News - 1 week ago
A project in Denmark is encouraging homeless people to get off the streets and onto the football pitch - with dramatic results. The coin is tossed. In just a few seconds the game kicks off. While running up and down the field, trying to score a goal ...
"It was huge. ...the big thing was to get respect back to Denmark football. That was huge. The stands were packed again. The community really has rallied around us this offseason in helping us fundraise with things." Perhaps the most exciting part of ...
The Kalundborg site itself, which houses several more production facilities, is the size of 156 football fields, about 1 million square meters. "We could play a lot of football here," jokes Jan Hoff, Novo's SVP who heads the Kalundborg production site ...
Squawka Football News - 18 hours ago
Leeds United are reportedly interested in midfielder Casper Sloth who plays for Aarhus, according to reports. The Championship club have been busy this summer signing Nicky Ajose, Giuseppe Bellusci, Zan Benedicic, Gaetano Berardi, Tommaso Bianchi, ...
Deutsche Welle - 3 hours ago
It was "the last registered football club" to have achieved this feat, said the club's president Bernd Wahler in a newspaper interview. The probability of a registered football association winning a national championship again is very low, he added ...
The teams replacing those schools in the EVC will be Denmark, Luxemburg-Casco, Marinette and Oconto Falls, currently in the Bay; as well as Wrightstown, which plays in the Olympian-Packerland-Large Division. That means big rivalry games such as those ...
Arsenal Mania - 2 hours ago
Thankfully, after 18 months out of the game, the former Arsenal man returned to football and joined Danish team Silkeborg IF for just three appearances before moving to Swedish outfit Syrianska. Svard did return to English football in October 2013, but ...
Menasha has bid farewell to the Valley Football Association and this season joins the Bay Conference, where the Bluejays immediately become the favorites in the eyes of most prognosticators. Menasha is coming off a 10-3 season in which the Bluejays ...
The Guardian - 2 days ago
Denmark's chances of having two sides in the group stage for the first time look remote after Copenhagen's home defeat against the seasoned campaigners Leverkusen. Stefan Kiessling gave the Bundesliga side a fifth-minute lead, only for the Danes to hit ...
In Denmark the playoffs don't start until late in September as is the case in Germany as well. There were no championship games this past weekend but plenty of action still. Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Great Britain are still playing football.

Latest Photo Galleries

World Cup 2010: Holland v Denmark in pictures
4 years ago
Tom Jenkins captures the best of the pictures as Holland take on Denmark at Soccer City
Kick4Life - changing lives through football