NEWS: 11.10.2019

Poulsen scores for Denmark U21s

Poulsen scores for Denmark U21s
Andreas Poulsen celebrates his first goal for Denmark U21s. imago images / Ritzau Scanpix

Andreas Poulsen scored the opening goal in Denmark U21’s victory over Northern Ireland. László Bénes wasn’t selected for Slovakia against Wales.

Denmark’s U21 side picked up their second win in as many games in their bid for EURO 2021 qualification, co-hosted by Slovakia and Hungary. Andreas Poulsen played a key role, scoring the opening goal in their 2-1 home victory over Northern Ireland. Borussia’s left-back took an effort on goal from roughly seven metres out after a corner, and the ball flew in under the crossbar. “I’m really happy to score my first goal. We’d practiced this corner routine in training and it’s a great feeling when you can pull it off in a game,” Poulsen said.

The away side equalized around the hour mark through Jake Dunwoody (57’). Poulsen was taken off roughly ten minutes from time, and watched from the bench as Jens Odgaard grabbed the winner with a bicycle kick. Denmark have now moved into second place in qualifying Group 8, with six points. Finland are currently leading the way in their group, earning seven points from three games so far. The two teams will met in Pori on Monday at 18:00 CEST.

Bénes not in the squad

Slovakia settled for a 1-1 draw with Wales without the help of László Bénes, who wasn’t selected for the squad by head coach Pavel Hapal. Kieffer Moore gave the visitors the lead in the 25th minute, before Juraj Kucka salvaged a point for Slovakia shortly after the break (53’). Croatia are currently sitting at the top of Group E with 13 points, followed by Slovakia in second place, with Hungary and Wales filling the remaining spaces in the top 4 of the group. Next up for Slovakia is a friendly game against Paraguay on Sunday (20:45 CEST, Bratislava).