Nicklas Bendtner admitted Denmark required more than their fair share of luck in order to secure victory over the Netherlands on Saturday.
Denmark emerged victorious over their illustrious group B rivals thanks to a solitary goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli, with Morten Olsen’s side surviving a late onslaught which included a particularly forceful penalty shout from Dutch forward Klaas Jan-Huntelaar which was turned down.
Gunners forward Robin van Persie also spurned chances to ensure at least a point for his country, and Bendtner says Denmark were relieved to walk away with a crucial victory in their first game of the tournament.
“Starting the group really well is what we dreamed of, and taking the lead in the first half was really good for us," he told Arsenal.com.
“We must admit that they had chances to score as well, and on a normal day I think they would have scored one or two of them. But the luck was on our side and we took full advantage of that,” he added.
While Denmark were on the receiving end of a huge slice of fortune when Arjen Robben curled his effort against the post when the Netherlands had four players swarming forward against just two Danish defenders, Bendtner said the win was also down to a well-executed game plan designed to frustrate the Dutch.
“We had our game plan, and I think when they tried to play it out from the back we stood up really well,” he said.
“We made it difficult for them to play through us. It was only when we gave the ball away in the middle of the park that they were able to counter-attack, because we were out of position.
“Our centre-backs [Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer] were strong. They were up against a difficult test today and I think they did well to keep the score at 1-0.”