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Group Stage 2016
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (65')
  • Thomas Kahlenberg (80')
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan (49')

Denmark 2-1 Armenia

Denmark were spared another home embarrassment at the hands of Armenia as goals from Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg secured the Scandinavians a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign opener on Sunday.

Playing a nation who had pulled off a famous 4-0 victory over them at Parken during World Cup qualifying in 2013, the Danes looked set to be humbled by the Armenians in Copenhagen once again when Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's strike put the away side 1-0 up in the 50th minute.

However, Hojbjerg levelled 15 minutes later with a long-range effort, and with 10 minutes of the contest to go substitute Kahlenberg headed home the winner.

In a relatively quiet first half lacking in genuine chances, Denmark looked the better side at first.

But Armenia grew into the game as time went on and they snatched the lead five minutes after the interval when Mkhitaryan drove a powerful effort from distance which flew past Kasper Schmeichel in the home goal.

Fearing a repeat of last year's nightmare, the hosts went in search of an equaliser and it came in fairly spectacular circumstances, Bayern Munich teenager Hojbjerg reacting when the Armenian defence only half-cleared a long throw to crack a first-time effort into the corner of the net from around 25 yards out.

And Denmark's salvage job subsequently saw them claim all three points after Kahlenberg exchanged passes with Nicklas Bendtner before converting his cross.

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