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Media say Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was disappointing in World Cup draw
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Media say Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was disappointing in World Cup draw

Danish outlet BT has described Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as disappointing after Denmark could only draw with Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.

Kasper Hjulmand’s men will have to improve if they hope to prove why many are tipping them to go a long way in the tournament.

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Their opening fixture finished goalless. Denmark may feel a little hard done by that they did not receive a late penalty. However, it did appear that the referee made the right call – on two occasions.

Hojbjerg was disappointing

The Danes were somewhat lacklustre, particularly going forward. And it appears that Hojbjerg’s performance in the middle of the park did not win too many admirers.

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BT rated his display a 3/6 and suggested that they were underwhelmed with his showing against Tunisia.

“He is the emir of the Danish national team with principles that he never deviates from, but today, like the rest of the team, he was disappointing and did not show the level for which he has been praised so much in recent years,” BT wrote.

“However, his tackle prevented Tunisia from taking the lead with minutes to go before the break.”

Denmark really found it difficult to break down a hard-working Tunisian side. And with that, players such as Hojbjerg and Christian Eriksen were unable to pick out passes into the final third.

Eriksen tried to pull the strings. However, they will be aware that they will need to step up if they plan to reach the knockout stages and go a lot further.

Of course, they can take some confidence from the way they bounced back from defeat at Euro 2020. Obviously, they were driven by the remarkable events involving Eriksen in their opening game.

But it is easy to forget that they also lost their second game. An emphatic win in their last group clash saw them squeeze through. And from there, they were outstanding.

Ultimately, England needed extra-time to edge their semi-final at Wembley.

So Denmark will know that Tuesday’s setback does not have to mean a great deal. But they must step their game up.

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