Rommedahl on song for Danes

Dennis Rommedahl was they key man for Denmark tonight as they started their Group F campaign in style away to Iceland.

Dennis Rommedahl was they key man for Denmark tonight as they started their Group F campaign in style away to Iceland.

The Charlton winger made one and scored the other for his side in a 2-0 win in Reykjavik.

He opened the scoring in only the fifth minute, breaking clear of the defence to beat Iceland goalkeeper Arni Arason.

Denmark then made certain of the points with a second goal before half-time, Rommedahl using his pace to make the space and then sliding the ball across the area for Jon Dahl Tomasson to finish.

Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen provided the hosts’ clearest threat all night and went close on a couple of occasions prior to Denmark extending their lead, but could not beat Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

Not to be outdone by their Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden also started with a win, but needed two second-half goals to see off the challenge of plucky Liechtenstein.

After a difficult week in which striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, defender Olof Mellberg and midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson were sent home on Monday for a breach of discipline, Sweden struggled for much of the game until Marcus Allback put them 2-1 up after 69 minutes.

Markus Rosenborg added a third late on, just minutes after Fredrik Ljungberg had missed a penalty.

The Swedes’ late surge got them out of jail after a poor first half.

They started well enough with Allback opening the scoring from 20 yards with just over a minute gone.

But in the 27th minute, Liechtenstein grabbed a shock equaliser when Daniel Frick fired past Rami Shaaban with his left foot from 20 yards.

Romania got their qualification campaign back on track with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Albania in Tirana.

Coach Victor Piturca watched his side pick up their first three points in Group C after throwing away a two goal lead to draw against Bulgaria in their opening match.

A well-taken finish by Nicolae Dica put the visitors ahead 20 minutes after the break, before Adrian Mutu wrapped the game up from the spot.

With the majority of the game being played in midfield, it was no surprise that the first half produced more yellow cards than clear opportunities on goal.

The visitors started to apply the pressure soon after the break with Mutu slowly becoming a key figure for the Romanians.

And it was Mutu who went closest for the away side 15 minutes after half-time, however the Fiorentina striker could only watch as his right-footed shot from the edge of the area drifted just over the bar.

Romania didn’t have to wait much longer for the breakthrough, a right-footed strike from Dica from 12 yards out giving them a vital lead.

Mutu secured all three points from the spot after Florentin Petre was upended in the penalty area by Debatik Curri.

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