Denmark 2-0 Sweden - Euro 2017 Qualifying: Denmark clinch a place at next year's European Championship

The Euros will have a decidedly Scandinavian feel after this result saw Denmark join Sweden and Norway in next year's finals.

Denmark 2-0 Sweden - Euro 2017 Qualifying: Denmark clinch a place at next year's European Championship
Johanna Rasmussen, here in a game against Japan last year, scored the all important opening goal.
Denmark
2 0
Sweden
Denmark: Lykke; Nielsen, Boye, Arnth, Røddik; Trustrup (Sigvardsen, min. 61); Troelsgaard, Veje (Smidt, min. 68); Harder; Nadim, Rasmussen (N. Christiansen, min. 80).
Sweden: Lindahl; Samuelsson, Berglund, Ilestedt, Andersson; Seger (Johansson, min. 46), Dahlkvist (Hammarlund, min. 67), Appelqvist; Asllani, Schough, Jakobsson (Blackstenius, min. 56).
SCORE: 1-0, min 12, Johanna Rasmussen. 2-0, min. 47, Nadia Nadim.
REFEREE: Jana Adámková (CZE).
INCIDENTS: European Qualifier between Denmark and Sweden. The match was played at Viborg Stadion.

7432 spectators saw Denmark get their first win over Sweden since 2008, as Johanna Rasmussen and Nadia Nadim scored the goals in a 2-0 triumph.

Going into the game Sweden knew that they had already secured their place at the European Championships, while Denmark were close but not quite there.

However, if the hosts could manage to get either a win or a draw, they would guarantee their place without having to rely on other results; that's exactly what they did.

Rasmussen gives the Danes an early lead

The first half showed which team had something to play for and which one didn’t. There’s always an extra incentive when the two teams meet, and the two neighbouring countries always plays close matches with a lot of intensity, but today Denmark was a level above.

The Danes started the game by applying a high pressure that clearly didn’t suit Sweden well and rushed them into mistakes. However, neither team could really take control of the game in the opening stages. The first sight of danger came when Sweden’s Lisa Dahlkvist passed the ball in behind the Danish defence, but 'keeper Stina Lykke was quick to come out of her goal and claim the ball before Sofia Jakobsson could get there.

Five minutes later Denmark got the all important opening goal when Emma Berglund slipped in her own half and Johanna Rasmussen picked up the ball, carried it forward and scored scorcher from distance. Denmark continued to push forward against a lacklustre Swedish team, and Denmark’s two biggest stars, Nadia Nadim and Pernille Harder both had chances to make it 2-0, but their efforts didn’t amount to much.

Sweden got their first real chance in the 37th minute when Emilia Appelqvist drove the ball forward down the left, but Kosovare Asllani couldn’t properly connect with the cross and the chance was wasted. The final opportunity of the half came when Denmark’s Sanne Troelsgaard beat two Swedish players down the right, but her shot didn’t match the build-up, keeping their lead to just the one goal at the break.

Nadim secures their spot in next summer's finals

The second half picked up where the first one ended; with Denmark in charge. They continued their high pressure, which resulted in a corner in the 47th minute. Denmark have had troubles with their corners, not just in this game, but throughout the qualifying tournament.

However this corner was delivered perfectly, and Harder rose up between four Swedish players and her powerful header hit the post. Luckily for the Danes, Nadim was there to tap in the rebound. The Danes now had a two-goal cushion and were inching closer and closer to booking their plane tickets to the Netherlands.

Sweden picked it up a little after this, and saw a bit more of the ball, but Denmark were in control of the game. There would be no more goals but both teams had a few good chances, especially notable for Danish fans was a Karoline Smidt effort right at the end. The young Dane has been out for the NT for two years with injury problems, and it was good to see her back.

In the end the both teams are going to the Euros, and can be proud of their respective qualifying campaigns.