Eriksen: Denmark are still outsiders to qualify from the Group of Death

The talented Ajax playmaker was delighted to beat the Dutch but says his side have to improve if they are to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012
By Greg Stobart in Kharkiv

Christian Eriksen believes Denmark remain outsiders to qualify out of Group B despite causing a surprise and beating Netherlands 1-0 in their Euro 2012 opener in Kharkiv on Saturday night.

Morten Olsen’s side won thanks to Michael Krohn-Dehli’s strike in the 24th minute and rode their luck as the Dutch missed several chances to equalise in the Group B encounter.

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Eriksen, who plays his club football in the Netherlands with Ajax, was delighted with the victory but feels the Danes must improve if they are to qualify from a testing group that also includes Germany and Portugal.

"I think we hoped we would win tonight but we could not expect to do it," Eriksen told "We are still outsiders - we need to continue how we played today if we want to go through.

"We played against strong opponents and had to defend, but we knew we had a chance and we took it.

"I thought we played very well. We didn’t get much of the ball and they created a lot of chances in the first 50 minutes. After that, we kept the ball really well and defended strongly. Fortunately, we took our chance and went on to win the game."

Eriksen, 20, also warned Denmark’s opponents that they will continue to play in the same manner in their remaining two matches - and the playmaker also believes he has more to offer from a personal perspective in the remainder of the tournament.

"We know our game and we know what we are up against when we play different teams," Eriksen continued.

"We have to play our own game and continue after the good progress we made today.

"I thought personally I was really bad in the first 15 to 20 minutes. After that I was better, but hopefully there is more to come from me in the tournament."