Euro 2012 Qualification Review: Group H

In what will appear to some casual football fans as a minor upset, Denmark was able to defeat Portugal at home on the final matchday of Euro 2012 qualifying, securing their place in this summer's finals. They were the better team for much of their 2-1 home victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo's goal for the visitors coming deep in stoppage time. Morten Olsen has been manager of the Danish national team since 2000, and once again showed off his tactical acumen as Denmark were more organized and more prepared-looking for Tuesday's big game. Here's the final table.

Team P W D L F A GD Pt
Denmark 8 6 1 1 15 6 +9 19
Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 +9 16
Norway 8 5 1 2 10 7 +3 16
Iceland 8 1 1 6 6 14 -8 4
Cyprus 8 0 2 6 7 20 -13 2

 

The final results are a bit harsh on Norway, who had a solid campaign and probably deserved better. In many groups, they would have been good enough to nick second place. Instead, that honor goes to Portugal. In disappointing fashion, just like with the 2010 World Cup, they will need to qualify via the playoffs. They are one of the seeded teams and cannot draw Croatia, Ireland, or the Czech Republic.

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