Holland 1-1 Denmark Match Report

both teams lined up like this:

Denmark: in a 4-5-1.  1. Jesper Christiansen, 3. Per Kroldrup, 5. Lars Jacobsen, 6. William Kvist, 2. Christian Poulsen, 4. Leon Andreasen, 8. Thomas Kahlenberg, 7. Kenneth Perez, 9. Rommedahl, 10. Jorgensen, 11. Bendtner

Holland: in a 4-5-1 formation. 1. Van Der Saar, 2. Ooijer, 4. Mathijsen, 3. Heitinga, 5. Van Bronckhorst, 6. De Zeeuw, 8. Engelaar, 23. Van Der Vaart, 10. Sneijder, 11. Robben, 9. Van Nistelrooy

                                                      First Half

The match started lively in the Philips stadium with both sides playing good football, our featured player Nicklas Bendtner was starting up front with the 11 shirt. In the first half the first chance came to him from fantastic work, the ball was whipped in by Rommedahl from the right and Bendtner made a great run in the box he’s first touch fooled Heitinga, he ran around him and shot but the angle was against him and the ball went out for a corner to Denmark. The second chance came to the home side a corner was whipped in by Wesley Sneijder the keeper came out to collect and totally missed it the ball fell to Mathijseen with the goal gaping but he headed wide under pressure. Then in the 23rd minute Robben was jinking down the left he cut the ball  back to Van Der Vaart from 30 yards out had a shot that was always rising, Both teams were cancelling each other out, But In the 26th minute Jorgensen collected the ball outside the area and showed good vision to spot the run in behind by Bendtner who was on hes weaker left foot shot just wide.


In the 29th Minute Holland took the lead Ruud Van Nistelrooy the goal scorer after good work from Sneijder and Robben and from 6 yards out Van Nistelrooy took he’s chance and it was 1-0 to the hosts, In the 33rd minute a chance came to Van Der Vaart after good work from De Zeeuw, Van Der Vaart really should have scored. Half time Holland 1-0 Denmark in an open game, Robben looking most dangerous for Holland and Bendtner looked the most dangerous and lively player for Denmark.

                                                              Half time

A couple of half time subs were made Nigel De Jong was brought on and Denmark brang on Jon Dahl Tomasson, Denmark started well and Nicklas Bendtner was in the thick of the action again a long ball was kicked upfield Bendtner chased it down got to the left of the area, cut in then out and brought a fingertip save from Van Der Saar to deny Bendtner a 5th goal in 5 games, That man again Bendtner weaving his magic came deep to collect the ball and played a through ball to Rommedahl he waited for Bendtner to overlap which he did but fired over from a tight angle.


Denmark started the 2nd period brightest and pushed for the equaliser, and got the goal they deserved the ball was crossed in and Bendtner shielding the ball with hes upper body strength done well then turned the defender with an audacious cruyff turn, squared it for Poulsen who couldn’t miss and squared things up for Denmark 1-1. Denmark looked to have the upper hand now and was taking the game to Holland in the Philips Stadium.


In the 68th minute Robben jinked down the left whipped a dangerous low ball in and Sneijder was first to it, he rattled the bar before it going out for a goal kick to Denmark. Then in the 73rd minute the offside flag stayed down when Van Nistelrooy looked offside he was put through one on one bu it was a great save by Christiansen and the ball rebounded to Kuyt who was destined to score but somehow hit it over. Then in the 92 min Man of the match Nicklas Bendtner collected the ball outside the area and whacked a thumper which tested the diving Van Der Saar, Final score Holland 1-1 Denmark.

                                                        Full Time

My View On Bendtner:
Bendtner impressed, he was definately in my eyes man of the match he won everything in the air, and he was wonderful with the ball at he’s feet also he showed tonight that he is much more than just a target man which i always believed , he got an assist after showing wonderful quick feet and was at the heart of every Denmark move, great performance.


Posted on May 29, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Judging from your report the only negative of his performance seems to be missing a few good chances to score but that happens to everyone . Hes made so much progress in the last year its amazing.

  2. thanks for the comment John, yep your right hes progression has been amazing since he came back from birmingham, tonight was the complete performance from Bendtner except for the goal, he got the ball alot on the ground and was superb with it we havent seen him alot with the ball on the ground at arsenal because he comes on late when we are desperate, i just cant wait till next season when we see more of him, he seems more relaxed playing for denmark like less pressure

  3. JohnV, bendy’s shots were pretty good in this game, at least 2 SOG with power, towards corner of the goal. he should’ve scored, were there not superb save by VDS.

  4. I thought he was great, he showed again that he’s just not big and can score headers. He’s got slick passes and good skills. Next season it’s on!!! LOL

  5. Watched the game on a laptop with a pretty poor reception, and due to this I wasn’t quite sure that I should trust what I saw – Bendtner was massive and he reminds me more and more of Dennis Bergkamp. But glad that you’re report confirms, that he had an excellent game. Keep up the good work.

  6. thanks for the comments d.j and noppen, just cant wait for next season now lol !

  7. I had fun understanding this post. I want to see more on this subject.. Gives Thanks for writing this respectable article.. Anyway, Im going to sign to your rss and I wish you write great articles again soon.

  8. Are you his brother? He is s**t! What game were you watching? And I’m an arsenal fan!!

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