Wales have drawn 1-1 to a competitive Denmark side at the Cardiff City Stadium in Gemma Grainger’s second game in charge of the side. A goal from Pernille Harder on 24 minutes gave the Danes the lead and Jess Fishlock’s volley on 60 minutes drew the sides level. Despite several good chances from both sides, the game ended level.
Ceri Holland and Jess Fishlock both had decent attempts but were unable to break the deadlock before half-time and it was Denmark’s high press that caused problems for Wales in the first half which led to the opener on the night. Harder went through one-on-one with Wales ‘keeper, Laura O’Sullivan, who couldn’t stop the world’s most expensive female player from giving Denmark the lead with a neat finish.
Sophie Ingle came close for Wales 15 minutes into the second half with a curled effort, and five minutes later it was Fishlock whose volley inside the Denmark box brought the score to 1-1. A foul on Kayleigh Green on 70 minutes gave Wales a good opportunity to take the lead from a free-kick and the corner that followed led to Fishlock’s header being caught by Lene Christensen between the Denmark sticks.
Denmark threatened again in the last 15 minutes, going close through Kathrine Kühl’s volley that went wide and several crosses were cleared effectively by the resolute Welsh defence. Wales played with authority for large periods of the game and these two fixtures have shown how they can hold their own against some of the best the Women’s game has to offer.
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