In their first match under new manager Bobby Robson, the England soccer team struggled to draw against Denmark in Copenhagen on September 22.
GV English (white shirts) attack Denmark (red shirts) from right to left. SV England take throw in, Rix shoots and Trevor Francis scores (3 shots)
GV Denmark attack and Olsen shoots wide (3 shots)
SV England team bench with new manager, Bobby Robson
GV Denmark attack down left and Olsen brought down by Russel Osman for a penalty (3 shots)
SV England team bench
GV Hansen scores from penalty (1-1) (3 shots)
GV England take corner and Trevor Francis scores (3 shots)
GV Denmark attack and Olsen scores, (2-2) (4 shots)
GV Crowd applauding as players celebrate (2 shots)
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Background: In their first match under new manager Bobby Robson, the England soccer team struggled to draw against Denmark in Copenhagen on September 22. It was the first match of a new European championship campaign and while England twice led, it was the unfancied Danes who created most of the scoring chances. Bobby Robson could not have hoped for a better start when England (in white shirts) took a seventh-minute lead with a goal by Trevor Francis, recently transferred to the Italian club side Sampdoria. But the early promise of a glut of English goals evaporated and Denmark came close to equalising several times in the first-half. Olsen, the outstanding player of the match, squandered this first-half chance by shooting wide of goalkeeper Shilton's left-hand post. However, Danish pressure resumed after the half-time interval and the hosts were rewarded when Olsen won a penalty. The elusive Dane was brought crashing down by a tackle from Russell Osman, capping an unhappy night for the inexperienced England centre-back. Hansen netted to make the score 1-1. England did recover the lead, against the run of play, when Francis scored from close-range after a mistake in the Danish defence. But the visitor's hopes of a flattering victory were dashed in the final minute when Olsen evaded his markers, drew Shilton, and shot a fine individual goal. The Danish equaliser was the prelude to ecstatic celebrations by the home supporters inside the ground, but ugly clashes between rival fans outside. Final score: Denmark 2, England 2.