There was a lot riding on Denmark's World Cup Qualifier trip to lowly Armenia on Tuesday night. Not only were De Rød-Hvide looking to secure the play-off place in UEFA Group B, but they were keen to avenge the humiliating 4-0 home loss they suffered in the reverse fixture last June.
Manager Martin Olsen got preparations off to a controversial start, after he was forced to apologize for comparing the aforementioned loss to the tragedies of 9/11. On reflection, he conceded that it wasn't an incredibly sensitive thing to say the day before the 12th anniversary of the attacks.
Gauche comments aside, the Danes were able to secure a vital 1-0 win in Yerevan. This win came in part because of Daniel Agger's 73rd-minute goal, but also in part because of the corner-taking prowess of Spartak Moscow’s Aras Özbiliz. The poor fellow appears to kick the flag instead of the ball and it all goes horribly wrong from there.
Özbiliz's woeful dead ball attempt should have ended in a free kick to the Danes for handball, but the officials must have either felt sympathy or that the flag had committed a foul, as he was awarded a do-over instead.
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