Pernille Harder wins Denmark vs Finland to keep Euro 2022 hopes alive

Denmark defeated Finland 1-0 in their Group B match of Euro 2022 at Stadium MK to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.

Chelsea striker Pernille Harder, captain, dozed off from close range after the ball bounced off the bar with 18 minutes remaining.

Both sides had lost their opening games, the Danes defeated an impressive Germany 4-0 while Finland were well beaten by Spain so the pressure for a positive result was high.

Denmark created an early chance when Nadia Nadim put the ball in, but Finland goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela crawled over the line to save.

As the half-hour wore on, Harder got in the box clearly, but a heavy touch from the Chelsea striker sent the ball through to the keeper before Korpela parried another decent stop from Katrine Veje.

Finland finally threatened just before half-time when Liverpool midfielder Emma Koivisto tried her luck with a flick that went just wide.

Denmark got the second half off to a brilliant start as Nadim fired wide after being hauled out by Harder following a run down the right flank.

At the other end, Danish goalkeeper Lene Christensen was finally brought into play when she stopped a long-range shot by Finnish midfielder Ria Oling.

Denmark made the breakthrough with 18 minutes remaining when Karen Holmgaard sent a header over the bar and Harder was alert to nod the rebound home.

There was a brief stoppage in the closing stages when Harder required treatment after a headbutt with Finnish midfielder Koivisto, but both players were soon able to continue.

In stoppage time, Christensen performed an acrobatic one-handed save to clear a 20-yard shot from substitute Jenny Danielsson that seemed poised for the top corner.

Denmark meet Spain in their final group game in Brentford on Saturday to continue the momentum into the Round of Eight – and a possible showdown with hosts England. Pernille Harder wins Denmark vs Finland to keep Euro 2022 hopes alive

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