Denmark claim crucial win
Goals from Cornelius, Kjaer and Zimling seal win in Czech Republic
Last Updated: March 22, 2013 10:04pm
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Three second-half goals saw Denmark beat Czech Republic and leapfrog them in World Cup qualifying Group B.
The hosts had the better of the first half before Denmark took control towards half-time and they were on top thereafter.
The visitors' superiority was rewarded with goals by Andreas Cornelius, Simon Kjaer and Niki Zimling, which moved them into third on five points in Group B, the same as their hosts although still five behind leaders Italy.
Matej Vydra had the first shot of the match, the Czech striker sending a long-range shot over the bar.
Cornelius responded in kind for Denmark, firing over from the centre of the area before Nicolai Stokholm shot wide.
Vladimar Darida's 25-yard free-kick from the left was comfortably held by Stephan Andersen although the Denmark goalkeeper was then forced to parry the same player's drilled shot moments later.
Andersen then beat away David Lafata's drive but despite the hosts' dominance it was Denmark who came closest to taking the lead five minutes before the break when Petr Cech was forced to tip Christian Eriksen's volley round the post.
Zimling then volleyed high for the Danes who finished the first half well.
Eriksen fired over moments after the restart with Cornelius firing to the left who gave Denmark a 57th-minute lead.
Nicolai Jorgensen provided the ball to his fellow striker from the centre of the area and Cornelius drilled a fierce drive into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Denmark doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Eriksen's corner from the left found Kjaer in the six-yard box and the defender headed home.
The visitors were comfortably on top, Cornelius heading Eriksen's corner over.
Vydra shot high but the Czechs had produced nothing of note and it was no real surprise when Denmark got a third, Zimling drilling a fierce 25-yard drive into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
Israel3 - 3Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 0Azerbaijan
Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
Bulgaria6 - 0Malta
Czech Rep0 - 3Denmark
Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Serbia
Macedonia0 - 2Belgium
Scotland1 - 2Wales
Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
Slovenia1 - 2Iceland
Norway0 - 1Albania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 3Germany
Austria6 - 0Faroe Islands
Sweden0 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
Andorra0 - 2Turkey
Netherlands3 - 0Estonia
Hungary2 - 2Romania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
Liechtenstein1 - 1Latvia
Slovakia1 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia3 - 1Greece
Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
Moldova0 - 1Montenegro
Poland1 - 3Ukraine
San Marino0 - 8England
Fri 22nd Mar - Group I
Spain1 - 1Finland
France3 - 1Georgia
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