Bulgaria v Denmark, 18 June 2004

Score2-0 to Denmark
RefereeLucillio Batista
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueEstadio Municipal de Braga, Braga
Attendance24,131
Kick-off: 5:00pm local Assistant referees: Paulo Januário (Portugal) José Cardinal (Portugal) Fourth official: Gilles Veissière (France) Man of the Match: Thomas Gravesen (Denmark) Goals at the end of each half from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jesper Grønkjær earned Denmark three points in Braga and put the Scandinavian side in a strong position in UEFA EURO 2004 Group C. Tomasson opened the scoring a minute before half-time with a simple finish from close range and Grønkjær completed the success two minutes into added time, side-footing into the corner to seal the points. The final score might have been more emphatic, but Ebbe Sand's thunderous last-gasp strike rebounded off the bar. Bulgaria, who opened with Monday's 5-0 loss to Sweden, bow out of the tournament. As expected Thomas Gravesen returned to the centre of Denmark's midfield after his one-match ban, with Christian Poulsen dropping to the bench. After a good performance against Italy on Monday, Dennis Rommedahl kept his place in the starting lineup with Grønkjær among the substitutes, having joined the squad on Tuesday following a family bereavement. Bulgaria also kept their changes to a minimum with centre-back Ilian Stoyanov coming in for Predrag Pažin, who failed to recover from an ankle injury. The first real chance fell to Denmark after three minutes when Martin Jørgensen created an opening for Sand in front of goal. The striker got his shot on target, but Kirilov was able to scramble back to clear off the line. Moments later, Rommedahl, who posed all manner of problems for Bulgaria in the early stages, swung in a dangerous cross and Ivaylo Petkov had to be alert to head to safety with Jørgensen lurking on his shoulder. Denmark were forced to make a change after 23 minutes when Rommedahl pulled up and had to be replaced by Grønkjær. The winger's first meaningful action almost resulted in a goal when the Bulgaria defence failed to clear Jørgensen's cross and the ball broke for the substitute; Bulgaria goalkeeper Zdravko Zdravkov got down smartly to smother at his near post. Denmark should have broken the deadlock six minutes before half-time when Gravesen sent Tomasson through, but he was forced wide as he tried to round Zdravkov and shot into the side-netting. At the other end, Mariyan Hristov headed wide after Thomas Sørensen had dropped a high cross, before Martin Petrov wasted a good opportunity after playing a one-two with Dimitar Berbatov on the edge of the area. Denmark immediately broke upfield and scored. Gravesen opened up the Bulgarian defence again with another perceptive through ball and Jørgensen's unselfish pass was rolled into an empty net by Tomasson. Plamen Markov's side needed to make an early impression in the second half if they were going to salvage anything from the fixture, but instead they found themselves under more Danish pressure as Gravesen dictated the tempo, providing a steady supply of passes for his forwards. Bulgaria did create an opening on 55 minutes when Zoran Janković picked up a loose ball 25 metres out, but his powerful shot flew just past Sørensen's left post. Bulgaria tried to threaten as the match moved into the last ten minutes, but their hopes were effectively ended by the dismissal of captain Stiliyan Petrov for a second yellow card seven minutes from time, and Denmark were able to confirm a comfortable win thanks to Grønkjær's late strike. Petrov and Rosen Kirilov, who earned his second booking of the finals early on, will be suspended when Bulgaria face Italy in four days. Denmark meet Sweden knowing a high scoring draw would be enough.

0  Bulgaria

Manager: Plamen Markov

2  Denmark

Manager: Morten Olsen

Goals:

Goals:

Jon Dahl Tomasson 44 G
Jesper Gronkjaer 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Zdravko Zdravkov
Defender Vladimir Ivanov
Defender Ivailo Petkov
Defender Ilian Stoyanov
Defender/Centre back Rosen Kirilov
Midfielder Marian Hristov
Midfielder Georgi Peev
Midfielder Stilian Petrov (captain)
Forward Zoran Jankovic
Forward Martin Petrov

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen
Defender/Centre back Rene Henriksen (captain)
Defender/Centre back Martin Laursen
Defender/Midfielder Thomas Helveg
Defender/Midfielder Niclas Jensen
Midfielder Thomas Gravesen
Midfielder Daniel Jensen
Midfielder Martin Jorgensen
Forward Ebbe Sand

Substitutions:

Zlatomir Zagorcic for Ivailo Petkov 40
Zdravkov Lazarov for Vladimir Ivanov 51
Milen Petkov for Zoran Jankovic 81

Substitutions:

Jesper Gronkjaer for Dennis Rommedahl 23
Claus Jensen for Martin Jorgensen 72

Cards:

Rosen Kirilov 4 Y
Ilian Stoyanov 50 Y
Stilian Petrov 77 Y
Zlatomir Zagorcic 80 Y
Marian Hristov 82 Y
Stilian Petrov 83 Y
Stilian Petrov 83 R
Martin Petrov 84 Y

Cards:

Niclas Jensen 10 Y
Ebbe Sand 58 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov
Goalkeeper Stoyan Kolev
Defender Kiril Kotev
Midfielder Daniel Borimirov
Midfielder Predrag Pazin
Midfielder Milen Petkov
Forward Valery Bozhinov
Forward Georgi Chilikov

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Stephan Andersen
Goalkeeper Peter Skov-Jensen
Defender Per Kroldrup
Defender Brian Priske
Midfielder Claus Jensen
Midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg
Midfielder Christian Poulsen
Midfielder/Forward Jesper Gronkjaer
Forward Peter Madsen
Forward Kenneth Perez