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Denmark vs. Canada

Soccer: Danes roll over Canada

New Danish find Cornelius scores a hat trick

  • Danish forward Andreas Cornelius opened the scoring in the 8th minute.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDanish forward Andreas Cornelius opened the scoring in the 8th minute.
  • Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts drops back to help on a corner and rises above Andreas Cornelius to head the ball to safety.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian forward Tosaint Ricketts drops back to help on a corner and rises above Andreas Cornelius to head the ball to safety.
  • Canadian defender Nana Attakora throws his body in front of a goal-bound shot from Danish forward Nicklas Helenius.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian defender Nana Attakora throws his body in front of a goal-bound shot from Danish forward Nicklas Helenius.
  • Denmark goalkeeper Steffen Rasmussen has a rare moment of action as he punches away a corner late in the first half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDenmark goalkeeper Steffen Rasmussen has a rare moment of action as he punches away a corner late in the first half.
  • Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic tries to keep Danish forward Andreas Cornelius from getting to the ball in midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian defender Dejan Jakovic tries to keep Danish forward Andreas Cornelius from getting to the ball in midfield.
  • Danish forward Nicolai Jorgensen controls the ball in the midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDanish forward Nicolai Jorgensen controls the ball in the midfield.
  • Danish forward Emil Larsen and Canadian defender Nana Attakora fight for the ball.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDanish forward Emil Larsen and Canadian defender Nana Attakora fight for the ball.
  • Denmark fans celebrate their team's fourth goal.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDenmark fans celebrate their team's fourth goal.
  • Danish defender Jores Okore despairs at his missed header not realizing that his teammate Andreas Cornelius has just scored Denmark's third goal behind him.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDanish defender Jores Okore despairs at his missed header not realizing that his teammate Andreas Cornelius has just scored Denmark's third goal behind him.
  • Canadian defender Donneil Henry and Danish forward Andreas Cornelius compete for a cross in the Canadian box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian defender Donneil Henry and Danish forward Andreas Cornelius compete for a cross in the Canadian box.
  • Canadian goalkeeper Simon Thomas plucks a corner from the air ahead of his own defender, Donneil Henry.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian goalkeeper Simon Thomas plucks a corner from the air ahead of his own defender, Donneil Henry.
  • Canadian midfielder Russell Teibert tries to close down Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian midfielder Russell Teibert tries to close down Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
  • Danish midfielder Kasper Lorentzen is congratulated for his goal by teammate Andreas Cornelius.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDanish midfielder Kasper Lorentzen is congratulated for his goal by teammate Andreas Cornelius.
  • Local youth players had the unfamiliar task of presenting the flags for Denmark and Canada before the game.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comLocal youth players had the unfamiliar task of presenting the flags for Denmark and Canada before the game.
  • Canadian midfielder Russell Teibert defends the run of Danish full back Jores Okore.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian midfielder Russell Teibert defends the run of Danish full back Jores Okore.
  • Canada's Donneil Henry heads the ball out of the Canada box early in the second half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanada's Donneil Henry heads the ball out of the Canada box early in the second half.
  • Denmark captain Dennis Rommedahl beats Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to a through ball.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comDenmark captain Dennis Rommedahl beats Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to a through ball.
  • Canadian defender Donneil Henry is shown the yellow card for a foul in the second half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian defender Donneil Henry is shown the yellow card for a foul in the second half.
  • Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirshfeld collects the ball early in the match.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian goalkeeper Lars Hirshfeld collects the ball early in the match.
  • Canadian captain Terry Dunfield tries to get play out of his own half in a game that Denmark dominated.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCanadian captain Terry Dunfield tries to get play out of his own half in a game that Denmark dominated.

An inexperienced Canadian side fell victim to a veteran Danish team on Saturday at Kino Stadium. The Danes won the friendly match by an emphatic 4-0, led by a young forward who scored a hat trick.

The difference in experience showed both on the pitch and on the roster sheet: six Canadian players earned their first caps with the national side, while the Danes were led by Dennis Rommedahl, who was earning his 122nd.

Canada had the first chance in the opening moments of the game, when Tosaint Ricketts got the ball upfield and made an errant pass that got picked up by DC United's Dwayne DeRosario. DeRosario's shot was blocked by a Danish defender — the only look at goal that the longtime Canadian forward would have.

The Danes quickly read the seams in the Canadian midfield and defense and capitalized. Rommedahl got the ball up field, and passed it to an open Anders Cornelius. His shot hit the inside of the side netting and gave Denmark the first goal in the 8th minute. Nicolai Jørgensen found Kasper Lorentzen similarly unmarked moments later to give Denmark its second goal.

In the 35th minute, Cornelius put an exclamation point on things by notching his second goal from a ball that came off the post.

Canada switched out their goalkeeper at halftime, but Denmark still dominated proceedings. The back line still had no answer for Cornelius's speed or his radar for the goal and he scored again in the 66th minute. The only thing that stopped Cornelius from scoring more was that the Danish coach subbed the FC København forward out of the game.

The game ended with Canada getting a few looks at the goal as Denmark's bench players were getting used to the field, but that fourth goal sealed things up.

Canada travels to Houston to play against the U.S. national team on Tuesday, Denmark goes up to Glendale to face Mexico on Wednesday.

Peace, Love, Football...

Although the veteran Rommedahl had some great runs and caused gave fits to the Canadian back line all afternoon, it was a new player to the squad that was the star of the game, hat-trick winner Andreas Cornelius.

Nineteen-year-old Cornelius was playing for FC København's youth team until last May, when he managed two appearances for the senior team. Since the start of the current season, he's scored 14 goals. His performance for his club and for Danish youth sides brought him to the attention of Danish coach Morten Olsen.

"I saw him with the under-19 team in May. I never thought in two or three months he could come in the A-team," said Olsen. "In football, it's all about confidence. He started good for FC København...because of his confidence and enthusiasm, he scored a lot of goals."

"A month after the competition started, he was on the national team," Olsen said.

"I've only been with the team for six months," said Cornelius. "I've learned fast. I've learned to get used to it."

Cornelius's goal scoring prowess is a much-needed relief for Danish fans, who have watched their team wallow near the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with only two goals scored in three matches so far. Mexico will be a much sterner test for Cornelius and the squad.

"They are technical and fast. We will have to play them a lot closer," he said. "It will be a much harder game."

Denmark vs. Canada

Kino Stadium, attendance: 3,042

  • Scoring summary
  • DEN - Andreas Cornelius (8')
  • DEN - Kasper Lorentzen (11')
  • DEN - Cornelius (35')
  • DEN - Cornelius (66')
  • Misconduct summary
  • CAN - Doneil Henry (caution, foul, 57')
  • Denmark: Steffen Rasmusen – Michael Silderbauer (Mads Albæk, 46'), Jores Okore (Daniel Hoegh, 76'), Kris Stadsgaard, Mikkel Kirkeskov, Lars Jacobsen – Casper Sloth (Jesper Hansen, 46'), Kasper Lorentzen – Nicolai Jørgensen (Emil Larsen, 59'), Dennis Rommedahl (Henrik Dalsgaard 46'), Andreas Cornelius (Nikkas Helenius, 67')
  • Canada: Lars Hirschfeld (Simon Thomas, 46') – Doniel Henry, Nik Ledgerwood, Ashtone Morgan, Dejan Jaković – Terry Dunfield (Phillippe Davies, 79'), Kyle Bekker (Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgalt, 67'), Russell Teibert (Kyle Porter, 67')– Tosaint Ricketts (Mason Trafford, 81'), Dwayne DeRosario (Evan James, 59')

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