Match 25, 2015
NOT SO GREAT VS. DANES
Altidore, Johannsson score for USA in loss to Denmark
ARHUS, Denmark - Nicklas Bendtner scored three goals, the third in added time after 90 minutes, to give Denmark a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the United States in an international friendly at wet and windy NRGi Park.
|Jozy Altidore scored one goal and set up another in Wednesday's 3-2 US loss to Denmark.
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Jozy Altidore scored once for the U.S., opening a 1-0 lead, and set up Aron Johannsson for the second American goal, which put the USA up 2-1 at 67 minutes.
Though holding the lead for most of the game, the U.S.' goals came against the run of play, which Denmark dominated.
"It was a tough game, a wet night, but I thought we handled that well," said Michael Bradley, who served as the USA's captain in place of the injured Clint Dempsey, "but it all goes out the window when you lose like that."
Altidore scored the game's first goal in the game's 19th minute. Taking a long pass from Timmy Chandler, Altidore muscled aside two Danish defenders and beat goalkeeper Stephan Anderson with a left-footed blast. It was Altidore's 27th international goal.
Bendtner tied the score 14 minutes later, finishing off a good passing setup from Daniel Wass to Lasse Vibe who backheeled it to Bendtner for an easy score.
The U.S. then went ahead in the 67th minute. Again, Altidore settled a long pass, then rolled a ball to the center of the box where Johannsson outfought three defenders for the score.
But Bendtner was far from finished.
At minute 84, off a corner, he took a ball off a header from an American defender and rolled it past Nick Rimando who got the call in the American goal.
Then, during three minutes of added time, Bendtner scored the goal of the match.
Going down the right side, he settled a long pass with his right foot and before it hit the ground he side-footed a shot past a diving Rimando for the game-winner.
The USA is now 1-2-0 in 2015, and faces Switzerland on March 31 in Zurich as it prepares for this summer's Gold Cup.