Euro 2022: Pernille Harder scores as Denmark beat Finland to keep hopes of progress alive

12 July 2022 0 By Total Football News

Pernille Harder's second-half goal ensured Denmark kept their hopes of progressing from Group B alive as they overcame a determined Finland at Euro 2022.

With both nations seeking to respond to heavy opening-game defeats and reignite their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, it was the 2017 finalists who deservedly prevailed at Stadium MK.

Finland were later knocked out of the tournament following group leaders Germany's 2-0 win over Spain - which set up a winner-takes-all meeting between Denmark and Spain on Saturday.

Chelsea forward Harder eventually ended Finland's resistance in the 72nd minute, heading in from close range after Karen Holmgaard's attempt had rebounded off the crossbar.

Lars Sondergaard's dominant side had found themselves frustrated in their efforts to force a breakthrough.

Forward Nadia Nadim went closest in the first half as she directed Sara Thrige's low cross towards goal - but Finland goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela managed to prevent the ball from trickling into the bottom corner.

A slick attacking move also resulted in Katrine Veje's low drive from the edge of the penalty area being saved by Korpela before the interval, while the Finnish skipper also denied Holmgaard midway through the second period.

Finland did not register an attempt on target until the 60th minute, however they were prevented from delivering a dramatic late twist as Lene Christensen pushed substitute Jenny-Julia Danielsson's strike over the bar in stoppage time.

Danes find breakthrough

The odds of a successful group campaign were already against these two nations before the opening round of fixtures, when Denmark were thrashed 4-0 by eight-time winners Germany and tournament favourites Spain recovered from an early setback to overcome Finland 4-1.

With victory crucial to both sides, Denmark offered the greater attacking threat from the start but they were initially unable to make their superiority count despite 10 first-half attempts.

By far their best opportunity fell to Nadim after 12 minutes, but the 34-year-old - who fled Afghanistan as a child refugee more than 20 years ago - could not get enough power behind her first-time shot, allowing the busy Korpela enough time to scramble across her goal to save.

Nadim was again unable to add the finishing touch to another dangerous move as Finland were immediately put under pressure after the restart, while Ria Oling's strike from distance was comfortable for Christensen when Anna Signeul's team finally registered a shot of their own.

Harder, who failed to register a strike against Germany, had struggled to make an impact, while only goalkeeper Christensen had fewer touches of the ball than striker Signe Bruun before her 64th-minute substitution as Denmark failed to produce the necessary quality in the final third.

But they finally went ahead when Harder seized her chance - the ball dropping kindly off the bar for the 29-year-old to finish - with the goal triggering jubilant scenes among the Danish players and substitutes by the side of the pitch.

Christensen's late intervention to deny Danielsson meant Denmark's fate remains in their own hands heading into their final group match against Spain, with the winner of that match set to face Group A winners England in the last eight.

Player of the match

SeveckeRikke Sevecke

with an average of 7.25

Denmark

  1. Squad number4Player nameSevecke

    Average rating

    7.25

  2. Squad number13Player nameJunge

    Average rating

    7.24

  3. Squad number1Player nameChristensen

    Average rating

    7.17

  4. Squad number10Player nameHarder

    Average rating

    7.15

  5. Squad number20Player nameBruun

    Average rating

    6.79

  6. Squad number23Player nameSvava

    Average rating

    6.78

  7. Squad number19Player nameThomsen

    Average rating

    6.65

  8. Squad number11Player nameVeje

    Average rating

    6.55

  9. Squad number2Player nameThrige

    Average rating

    6.50

  10. Squad number3Player namePedersen

    Average rating

    6.43

  11. Squad number5Player nameBoye

    Average rating

    6.26

  12. Squad number14Player nameBredgaard

    Average rating

    6.20

  13. Squad number9Player nameNadim

    Average rating

    6.13

  14. Squad number7Player nameTroelsgaard

    Average rating

    5.56

  15. Squad number12Player nameLarsen

    Average rating

    5.43

  16. Squad number6Player nameHolmgaard

    Average rating

    5.39

Finland

  1. Squad number23Player nameKorpela

    Average rating

    5.57

  2. Squad number5Player nameKoivisto

    Average rating

    5.07

  3. Squad number4Player nameÖling

    Average rating

    5.00

  4. Squad number19Player nameSainio

    Average rating

    4.93

  5. Squad number2Player namePikkujämsä

    Average rating

    4.93

  6. Squad number17Player nameFranssi

    Average rating

    4.83

  7. Squad number18Player nameSällström

    Average rating

    4.83

  8. Squad number8Player nameAhtinen

    Average rating

    4.73

  9. Squad number10Player nameAlanen

    Average rating

    4.71

  10. Squad number15Player nameKuikka

    Average rating

    4.64

  11. Squad number20Player nameSummanen

    Average rating

    4.64

  12. Squad number16Player nameWesterlund

    Average rating

    4.29

  13. Squad number13Player nameDanielsson

    Average rating

    4.29

Line-ups

Denmark

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Christensen
  • 4SeveckeBooked at 66mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11Veje
  • 2ThrigeSubstituted forSvavaat 56'minutes
  • 7TroelsgaardSubstituted forHolmgaardat 64'minutes
  • 13Junge
  • 19Thomsen
  • 9NadimSubstituted forBredgaardat 56'minutes
  • 20BruunSubstituted forLarsenat 64'minutes
  • 10HarderSubstituted forBoyeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boye
  • 6Holmgaard
  • 8Holmgaard
  • 12Larsen
  • 14Bredgaard
  • 16Svane
  • 17Madsen
  • 18Gewitz
  • 21Gejl Jensen
  • 22Worsøe
  • 23Svava

Finland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Korpela
  • 5Koivisto
  • 16WesterlundSubstituted forDanielssonat 90'minutes
  • 15Kuikka
  • 2Pikkujämsä
  • 19Sainio
  • 20Summanen
  • 10Alanen
  • 4Öling
  • 18SällströmSubstituted forAhtinenat 77'minutes
  • 17Franssi

Substitutes

  • 1Talaslahti
  • 6Auvinen
  • 8Ahtinen
  • 9Kemppi
  • 11Heroum
  • 12Tamminen
  • 13Danielsson
  • 14Kollanen
  • 21Rantanen
  • 22Rantala
Referee:
Iuliana Elena Demetrescu
Attendance:
11,615

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Denmark Women 1, Finland Women 0.

Second Half ends, Denmark Women 1, Finland Women 0.


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