Denmark’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all but over following a humiliating 4-0 home defeat at the hands of minnows Armenia.
Armenia scored before the 30-second mark when striker Yura Movsisyan netted after a misplaced pass from Denmark’s Simon Kjaer. It was 2-0 after 19 minutes when Aras Ozbiliz fired past keeper Stephan Andersen following another mistake by the shaky Danish defence.
Fans started exiting the Parken Stadium after Movsisyan struck to make it 3-0 on 59 minutes, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan wrapped up the scoring with a firmly hit left-foot strike on 81 minutes. The result was even more humiliating considering that Armenia lost at home to Malta just four days earlier in what was the Mediterranean nation’s first away win in 20 years.
Danish coach Martin Olsen described as the worst night in his football life. He said that it is incomprehensible how his team could not perform better, but took full responsibility for the defeat.
When Movsisyan, who used to play for Danish side Randers FC, was substituted in the final 10 minutes, the home fans applauded him off the pitch. To compile Denmark’s misery, Armenia are now above them in Group B. Denmark are in fifth position in a six-team group with just six points from six games.
Italy head the group with 12 points, followed by Bulgaria on 10, Czech Republic on nine and Armenia on six.