Germany Gives Draw To Denmark


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Denmark substitute striker MADS JUNKER (18) of Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade makes Germany goalkeeper TIM WEISE (12) of Werder Bremen pay dearly for botching a ball at the top of the box in the 87th minute of the friendly exhibition match in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. (Johannes Eisele/AFP)
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2 – DENMARK —— Rommedahl 74′, Junker 87′
2 – GERMANY —— Gomez 19′, Helmes 73′

German national team manager JOACHIM LOEW started exactly one regular — JEROME BOATENG of English club Manchester City — from the team that finished third at the 2010 World Cup final tournament. Only six of the starting XI and none of the substitutes selected to play in the exhibition versus Denmark were on Germany’s 23-man roster in South Africa this summer. Indeed, in between the sticks for the visiting Germans was third-string World Cup goalkeeper TIM WIESE of Werder Bremen.

In the meantime, Denmark, managed by one-time 1.FC Koeln defender MORTEN OLSEN, fielded ten players — including first choice shot-stopper THOMAS SORENSEN of Stoke City — from their World Cup roster in their first team.

Striker MARIO GOMEZ, left out of the starting line-up by Bayern Munich for the German Supercup, scored for Germany in the 19th minute after a pass from stand-in captain THOMAS HITZLSPERGER of English side West Ham United.

Bayer Leverkusen striker PATRICK HELMES, a second half substitute, doubled the advantage with his second goal in 14 games for Germany after a through ball from Vfb Stuttgart midfielder CHRISTIAN GENTNER in the 73rd minute.

But, veteran international DENNIS ROMMEDAHL of Greek outfit Olympiakos Piraeus, playing in his 100th international game for Denmark, intercepted an ill-advised pass deep in German territory and calmly curled a ball past Wiese to halve the deficit for the hosts and record an 18th career international goal within the next sixty seconds.

And, an eggregious error by Wiese would allow the Danes to complete the late and dramatic comeback just three minutes from time; the 28-year-old goalkeeper, on only his third-ever appearance for Germany, managed to fumble a relatively-routine through ball at the top of the penalty area.

MADS JUNKER of Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade was more than happy to accept the gift and grabbed his first international goal on only his second-ever appearance for Denmark.

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DENMARK : Sorensen – Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S. Poulsen (Thomsen 28′) – Jensen (Silberbauer 46′), Kvist (Lorentzen 67′) – Eriksen – Rommedahl, Pedersen (Junker 55′), Enevoldsen (Schoene 46′)

GERMANY : Weise – Beck (Riether 56′), Boateng (C. Schulz 78′), Taschi, M. Schaefer – Gentner, Hitzlsperger (Helmes 66′) – Traesch, Kroos, Marin (Hunt 56′) – Gomez

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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Striker MARIO GOMEZ (23) of Bayern Munich shoots past Denmark goalkeeper THOMAS SORENSEN of English side Stoke City to register his 13th goal for Germany while earning a 39th cap. (Johannes Eisele/AFP)
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(Johannes Eisele/AFP)

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