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Fishlock rescues Wales against Denmark

Published on: 13 April 2021

Jess Fishlock's goal was her 31st for Wales

Wales held Denmark to a 1-1 draw in a performance that will give new boss Gemma Grainger much encouragement ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Denmark took the lead midway through the first half when Pernille Harder raced clear and finished calmly.

Wales equalised when Jess Fishlock volleyed home on the hour to cap a fine team move at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Neither side could find a winner in a friendly that was competitive and entertaining throughout.

Grainger, presiding over only her second Wales game, made one change to the side beaten 3-0 by Canada in her first match in charge on Friday night, with Tottenham's Josie Green replacing Reading's Lily Woodham.

The change was a significant one as it meant a tactical switch with captain Sophie Ingle deployed in her favoured position of central midfield, a move that also allowed Fishlock to play higher up the field in a number 10 role.

There is no question that Wales are looking to play in a more expansive style under their new boss and good early Wales pressure almost led to a goal, but Gemma Evans' header was tipped over the bar by Denmark goalkeeper Lene Christensen.

The visitors are ranked 14th in the world and it was no surprise to see them begin to impose themselves after a fast start for Wales - 17 places below Denmark in the Fifa standings.

Sara Thrige shot over and Stine Larsen was then wide with another decent chance, while Emma Snerle's shot was saved by home goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan.

A breakthrough appeared inevitable and after skipper Harder missed with a header from close range, she made no mistake five minutes later when she raced clear and rounded O'Sullivan to give Denmark the lead from a swift counter-attack.

Wales, however, responded encouragingly to going behind and produced three good opportunities to equalise before the interval.

Fishlock tested Christensen after a fine move, before Ceri Holland flashed a shot just wide after Rachel Rowe's pinpoint cross.

Wales' best move of the half came on 42 minutes when Angharad James, Natasha Harding and Fishlock exchanged passes and James shot at goal, but Christensen turned the ball round the post.

The hosts were clearly growing in confidence and Evans' shot from a corner was saved by Christensen, before James' long-range effort was tipped over the bar.

Only a goal was missing from an excellent Wales display and it arrived on the hour mark, when James and Harding again combined and this time there was a finish to match a fine move as Harding's cross was volleyed home by Fishlock.

Wales' preparations are now geared towards World Cup qualifying later this year, with the draw set to take place on 30 April, but they will take heart from looking so impressive against a top team in a display that was more expansive than in previous campaigns.

Denmark finished the contest strongly as they pushed for a winner, but Wales deservedly held firm.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsWales

Formation 4-2-3-1

1O'Sullivan5Roberts6Green3Evans13Rowe8James4Ingle11Harding10Fishlock17Holland9Green

    1O'Sullivan5Roberts6Green3EvansBooked at 77mins13Rowe8James4Ingle11HardingBooked at 11mins10Fishlock17HollandBooked at 75minsSubstituted forHughesat 80'minutes9Green

Substitutes

    2Filbey7Ward12Clark14Williams15Hughes16Estcourt18Roberts19Woodham20Jones21Soper22Walters23Francis Jones24Morgan25Morgan26Nolan

Denmark

Formation 3-4-3

1Christensen4Sevecke5Sørensen11Veje18Thrige Andersen8Snerle13Junge Pedersen14Sørensen12Larsen10Harder6Christiansen

    1Christensen4Sevecke5Sørensen11VejeSubstituted forHolmgaardat 81'minutes18Thrige Andersen8SnerleSubstituted forKühlat 81'minutes13Junge PedersenSubstituted forTroelsgaardat 45'minutesBooked at 70mins14SørensenBooked at 45mins12LarsenSubstituted forHoldtat 73'minutes10HarderSubstituted forMøllerat 73'minutes6ChristiansenSubstituted forSvavaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

    2Holdt7Troelsgaard9Nadim15Thøgersen16Svane19Holmgaard20Bruun21Møller22Larsen23Svava24Kühl26Hasbo27Gevitz

Referee:Stacey PearsonMatch StatsHome TeamWalesAway TeamDenmarkPossessionHome41%Away59%ShotsHome12Away9Shots on TargetHome7Away2CornersHome6Away2FoulsHome6Away13Live TextPost update

Match ends, Wales Women 1, Denmark Women 1.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Wales Women 1, Denmark Women 1.

90'+6'Post update

Offside, Wales Women. Rachel Rowe tries a through ball, but Elise Hughes is caught offside.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt missed. Olivia Holdt (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nicoline Sørensen.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Caroline Møller (Denmark Women).

90'+2'Post update

Josie Green (Wales Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85'Post update

Corner, Denmark Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.

82'Post update

Attempt missed. Katherine Kühl (Denmark Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

81'Substitution

Substitution, Denmark Women. Katherine Kühl replaces Emma Snerle.

81'Substitution

Substitution, Denmark Women. Sara Holmgaard replaces Katrine Veje.

80'Substitution

Substitution, Wales Women. Elise Hughes replaces Ceri Holland.

77'Booking

Gemma Evans (Wales Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77'Post update

Olivia Holdt (Denmark Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77'Post update

Foul by Gemma Evans (Wales Women).

75'Booking

Ceri Holland (Wales Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75'Post update

Sara Thrige Andersen (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75'Post update

Foul by Ceri Holland (Wales Women).

74'Post update

Corner, Wales Women. Conceded by Sara Thrige Andersen.

73'Substitution

Substitution, Denmark Women. Caroline Møller replaces Pernille Harder.

73'Substitution

Substitution, Denmark Women. Olivia Holdt replaces Stine Larsen.

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Source: bbc.com

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