Denmark vs Bulgaria by 20Legend
This is the final game for both teams in this tournament as the third place is what they play for here. Denmark’s coach Age Hareide has stated that these games are important to his team as the opponents in Kirin Cup is quite similar to what is waiting in their WC qualification group in September. However, it did not seem like the players means the same thing when taking their first match against Bosnia (2-2, 2-3 after penalties) into consideration.
Denmark has some important players missing in this tournament, but they still have strong names like Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Vibe (Brentford), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Victor Fischer (Ajax) and Simon Kjaer (Fenerbahce) in their squad. Bosnia had much harder missing which gave them a team that should not have any chance against Denmark.
It all started well for Denmark as they enjoyed good control in the first half. They dominated the play and produced the most chances which gave them a 2-0 lead to halftime. However, it all changed in the second half. Bosnia suddenly got to take over the initiative and they came closer and closer to goal. Their striker Djuric gave them a rather quick goal after 52 minutes which gave them hope. Bosnia then got a red card after 70 minutes which should have made it tougher to get another goal for them. However, Bosnia continued dominating against a Denmark’s 11 men and got their second goal after 83 minutes through Djuric once again. They were also close to get the third goal, but it all finished 2-2 and it had to be decided on penalties. Bosnia made the transformation complete by winning here as well, which means Denmark must play for the third place here.
It is not much to be said about Bulgaria though given their performance in the first game. They really had nothing to give up against a strong Japanese side that smashed them 7-2 during the first match. Japan is the host of this cup and they certainly have brought the strongest squad with several strong names in their lineup.
It is not a lot of analysis needed in this tournament as all teams besides Japan does not seem to care about the result. Denmark showed their quality in the first 45 minutes against Bosnia, while they also showed clear signs of weakness by conceding two goals in the second half, included one while they was playing 11 against 10. Bulgaria showed nothing against Japan and they are clearly the weakest team in this tournament.
Denmark still get to play against another team from Eastern Europe which is worth something as the teams in their WC qualification group is from the same area. This should give some motivation to test their tactics while Bulgaria must try to get the best out of what they have available. All in all, it is not safe trusting Denmark here, which naturally brings me over to goals. Neither of the teams are heading for the Euros and it gives more time for experimenting with formations and tactics towards the WC qualification. Over 2.5 goals should certainly have value here.