Danes deny Bulgaria
Bendtner on target for Denmark
Last Updated: 12/10/12 9:34pm
Nicklas Bendtner: Leveller for Danes
Denmark were only able to pick up a point from their World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria despite playing with an extra man for more than an hour of the Group B encounter in Sofia.
Dimitar Rangelov's early header gave the hosts the lead at the Vasil Levski National Stadium but Nicklas Bendtner got the visitors back on level terms soon after Ivan Bandalovski's 27th-minute red card.
The result left the Danes still searching for their first win of the qualifying campaign, having drawn 0-0 with the Czech Republic in their first match last month. Bulgaria, meanwhile, slipped two points off the pace following group leaders Italy's 3-1 win in Armenia earlier this evening.
Rangelov headed Bulgaria into an early lead, connecting with Georgi Milanov's cross from the right in the seventh minute.
The hosts suffered a setback, though, when CSKA defender Ivan Bandalovski was sent off 20 minutes later for a bad foul on Daniel Wass.
And Denmark made their extra man tell before half-time, Juventus' on-loan Arsenal striker Bendtner despatching his header into the top-right corner following Michael Krohn-Dehli's cross from the left.
Denmark's Christian Eriksen went closest to grabbing a winner after the interval, the Ajax midfielder unleashing a left-footed attempt in the 51st minute only to see it hit the bar.
Bulgaria's best effort of the second half came 15 minutes from time, but Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen was in the right place to parry Stanislav Manolev's blast from the edge of the box.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 12th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 6Israel
Fri 12th Oct - Group I
Finland1 - 1Georgia
Belarus0 - 4Spain
Fri 12th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep3 - 1Malta
Armenia1 - 3Italy
Bulgaria1 - 1Denmark
Fri 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 2Sweden
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Rep Ireland1 - 6Germany
Fri 12th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Iceland
Switzerland1 - 1Norway
Slovenia2 - 1Cyprus
Fri 12th Oct - Group G
Liechtenstein0 - 2Lithuania
Slovakia2 - 1Latvia
Greece0 - 0Bosnia
Fri 12th Oct - Group D
Turkey0 - 1Romania
Netherlands3 - 0Andorra
Estonia0 - 1Hungary
Fri 12th Oct - Group H
Moldova0 - 0Ukraine
England5 - 0San Marino
Fri 12th Oct - Group A
Serbia0 - 3Belgium
Macedonia1 - 2Croatia
Wales2 - 1Scotland
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I