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Joshua Kimmich's acrobatic equaliser salvages a draw for Germany late on, canceling out Christian Eriksen's opener as these nations play out to just their forth draw in 27 all-time matches. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
FULL-TIME: DENMARK 1-1 GERMANY.
GOOD EFFORT! Lovely bit of improvisation from Dolberg who somehow forces a smart save from Trapp from a very tight angle, almost right up against the touchline. The keeper had to be on there to see it behind or it could have spelled disaster.
There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match. Is there to be a winner?
Marvin Plattenhardt becomes the sixth German player to earn his international debut tonight, as he replaces Hector.
Stindl is credited with the assist, though he didn't know too much about it.
GERMANY EQUALISE AT THE DEATH! A remarkable finish from Kimmich who pounces on a loose ball following a bit of a scramble in the area, helped on by a touch from Stindl, and produces an absolutely sensational bicycle finish that darts beyond the reach of Ronnow!
Denmark dropping deeper and deeper as Germany throw everything at them in an attempt to find the goal they so desperately crave. Brandt is looking sharp in possession as he wanders around up top, but there's too many red shirts for Germany to negotiate an opening here.
STAT: Denmark have lost just one of their last six matches on home soil (W4 D1).
Smart bit of hold-up play from Dolberg to win a free-kick high up the pitch and provide some much-needed respite for the backline. Denmark are looking very assured in their attempts to see this one out, but they can expect a wave of German pressure over the final 10 minutes.
Another crucial block! Vestergaard has been the man of the match tonight, no doubt about it! The centre-half lays out to fearlessly turn aside Can's bullet from distance! What a piece of defending that was from the Gladbach man!
Germany make another change with just over 10 minutes to go - Kerem Demirbay picking up his international debut at the expense of Goretzka.
Lasse Vibe also enters the fray, with Poulsen replaced.
A loud roar of approval as Denmark bring on young Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg, who replaces Jorgensen.
PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Germany squander a good effort to pull level from a free-kick right atop the area as Draxler's effort deflects behind for a corner, failing to test the keeper. It did appear to strike an arm, however, on the way through, but it went undetected by the referee!
STAT: The last meeting between these two sides was in the 2012 European Championships, with Lars Bender scoring in the 80th minute to secure Germany a 2-1 victory in the group stage.
Denmark appear sturdy as ever in defence, not letting Germany break them down. The entirety of Germany's chances have come from set-pieces, crosses or shots from distance. They have yet to play their way through the defence from head on.
The plethora of changes have taken the sting out of the match, as the sides look to get back into a rhythm with all the new faces on the pitch. Still 20 minutes to play, and they figure to be entertaining with Germany gearing up to push for the equaliser.
Wagner's debut ends without him managing to get on the scoresheet, as Julian Brandt is brought on for him.
Continuing with the giving theme, Ajax's Amin Younes is handed his international debut at the expense of Ginter. It's a very positive change from the visitors replacing a defender with a winger.
Koln's Frederik Sorensen also makes his debut, with Durmisi giving way.
Denmark's third change of the evening sees Lukas Lerager come on for his international debut, replacing Eriksen.
STAT: Denmark are unbeaten in their last three friendly matches against Germany (W2 D1).
Denmark have an injury to worry about now as right-back Larsen goes down in his own penalty area and is in real discomfort as he needs some treatment from the medical staff. After a lengthy stoppage he's able to jog gingerly off the pitch, still in pain, so we'll see if he will be able to continue here.
TWO SPLENDID STOPS! Ronnow is really earning his keep tonight! The keeper produces a pair of delightful saves on successive corners to deny Sule and Ginter! Germany knocking on the door once again!
Emre Can is brought on as Germany make their first change of the match, with Rudy replaced.
Good response here by Germany, with Goretzka at the heart of things again. He gets on the end of a clever move, latching onto a pull-back in the centre, but Durmisi slides in admirably to deflect the effort behind for a corner!
Denmark are looking very threatening as they continue in the ascendency, looking to double their lead. Eriksen is pulling the strings admirably in midfield, spraying the ball around encouragingly as Germany are left scrambling in defence.
VITAL STOP! Denmark have started this second half brilliantly! Durmisi eludes Goretzka and bends in a delicious cross. Poulsen arrives to meet it in the centre, but his effort is partially blocked before Trapp reacts superbly to keep it out!
STAT: This is the 27th all-time meeting between the two nations. Germany hold a significant edge with 15 victories to Denmark’s eight, with just three ending in a stalemate.
Not far away! Eriksen makes a darting run towards Jorgensen, with the striker spotting it and teeing him up. Eriksen had one thing on his mind the whole way, but just gets under his effort as it lifts narrowly over the bar!
Rudy has an early sight at goal from distance as he thrusts a half-volley at goal from close to 30 yards. It has some good bend to it, but too much of it in the end as it swerves wide of the near post, failing to test Ronnow.
Back underway in Brondby!
The other change sees Mathias Zanka Jorgensen replace Christensen.
Lasse Schone comes on as one of two changes made by Denmark at half-time, replacing Kvist.
Christian Eriksen's 13th international goal has Denmark ahead at the interval in Brondby, slotting home confidently following Antonio Rudiger's error. The goal really sprung the match to life as both Frederick Ronnow and Kevin Trapp have been called into action to keep the score as is through 45 minutes.
HALF-TIME: DENMARK 1-0 GERMANY.
One too many passes! Germany break on a dangerous-looking counter, with Hector and Draxler linking up cleverly on the left. The former pulls it back smartly for Rudy, but the midfielder is late to react, allowing Poulsen to slide in and break up the move!
STAT: Germany had previously kept a clean sheet in each of their last four friendlies (W3 D1), after going six without one (W1 D1 L4).
Sloppy moments here at the back from Germany, reminiscent of their earlier miscue which gifted Denmark their opener. Here it's a Sule back-pass that doesn't find its intended target, running behind for a corner. Poulsen meets Eriksen's ensuing delivery, but his header drifts over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
Germany are growing in confidence by the minute, pushing hard to equalise before the interval. They have everyone camped out in the attacking half, working the ball around cleverly as they stretch this Denmark defence with some excellent width.
Denmark, recognising the threat they have come under in recent minutes, are doing their best to take the sting out of the match now. They're passing it around lazily at the back, aiming for a bit of respite following a lengthy period of German pressure.
STAT: Germany are unbeaten in eight matches since their semi-final defeat to France in last summer’s European Championships, outscoring their opposition 24-1 over that span (W7 D1).
LOVELY HIT! Goretzka tries his luck from distance again, making spledind contact this time around, but Ronnow parries! Pressure stays on and Goretzka gets on the end of another chance, played through by Ginter's ball over the top, but this time he fails to hit the target!
SPLENDID BLOCK! Crafty move from Germany as Wagner is played through by Goretzka on the end of it. The striker shifts onto his right, opening up a bit more space, but the extra touch allows Vestergaard to recover, sliding in with a terrific block to see the ball behind for a corner!
Eriksen's goal has done wonders to open this match up, as it's making for some much better viewing now following an otherwise tedious opening 15 minutes. Both sides are looking hungry for goals, but it's the defences that have come out on top thus far - Rudiger's error being the lone exception.
Vestergaard has been excellent thus far, in defence, in attack and in possession. He's not put a foot wrong, making another important clearance here to see away a threatening cross. He has a point to prove against his Gladbach team-mate Stindl.
Larsen latches onto a clever pull-back and tries his luck from 25 yards, making excellent contact with the strike, but hits it straight at Trapp who makes the straightforward save. Germany get back to the other end in a flash, with Goretzka letting fly, but his shot is straight at the keeper as well, with Ronnow able to hold on without much issue.
Germany have responded really well to falling behind, adopting a bit more urgency in their play. A teasing ball in from the left is nodded back into the danger area by Kimmich, but Wagner just can't escape the marking of Vestergaard to latch onto the end of it! Nonetheless, it's all starting to pick up a bit now.
STAT: Germany are winless in their last two visits to Denmark, with their last victory there coming in a friendly in September 1992 (D1 L1).
DENMARK DRAW FIRST BLOOD! Ginter sends a poor pass back for Rudiger, who does even worse in his attempt to clear the danger. Eriksen pounces and, with the goal at his mercy, makes no mistake slotting into the bottom corner!
The free-kick leads to a nice period of pressure for Denmark, as they keep Germany hemmed back with a pair of corners. Kvist latches onto a partial clearance, but sees his effort blocked aside, before an attempted switch out wide runs behind for an eventual goal-kick.
FINE SAVE! Lovely reactions from Trapp, who shows no sign of nerves here in his debut! Durmisi wins a free-kick on the left, which is curled in brilliantly by Eriksen. Vestergaard reaches out to meet it, but his volley is kept out expertly by Trapp!
Lovely delivery! Germany continue to grow in the ascendency here, adopting some encouraging width in their approach. Kimmich does well to spot Goretzka, who chips a tidy ball in for Wagner, but the striker fails to make contact, stretching a foot out when he would have been better off lunging in for a header.
Germany are starting to take on a bit of initiative, but they're lacking cohesion in possession with so many fresh faces in the side. Stindl and Wagner have yet to really get themselves involved, with Vestergaard and Christensen doing an excellent job thus far in defence.
It's all rather pedestrian in the opening 10 minutes. Germany did manage the one tidy attack, but otherwise there's been very little in terms of quality, with no rhythm or pace to speak of. Denmark do not seem at all keen to force the issue, either.
STAT: 17 of the 22 players from tonight’s starting line-ups have played in the Bundesliga.
Denmark really are keen to just pass it around at the back, with Germany showing no interest is applying a high press. Finally Christensen plays a long ball over the top, but the visitors easily sniff it our before breaking the other way, but Ronnow produces an important touch to see away Kimmich's cross.
Cagey start to proceedings as there isn't much in the match in terms of tempo. Denmark enjoy the bulk of possession in the early going, but it's all very contemplative as they barely string more than a few passes together in the attacking half.
AND THEY'RE OFF! Denmark in red as they get the match underway, attacking left to right, with Germany in white.
Jonas Hector and Julian Draxler are the leading international scorers from Germany's XI tonight, with three goals each, followed by Joshua Kimmich (one). The rest are still awaiting their first international goals for Die Mannschaft.
Joachim Low has handed out three debuts tonight, as expected with such an experimental squad. Lars Stindl and Sandro Wagner partner each other up top, each making their first appearance for Germany. Kevin Trapp is also making his debut in goal. There is plenty of youth in the side tonight, with 28-year-old Stindl the oldest of the lot.
It's all very straightforward and predictable in midfield, with Christian Eriksen and William Kvist joined by Thomas Delaney. Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen leads the line, flanked by two forwards coming off terrific seasons for their respective clubs, Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite.
There are few real surprises in Age Hareide's team tonight, with plenty of familiar faces in the XI. Perhaps the lone exception would be the omission of skipper Simon Kjaer, with Borussia Monchengladbach duo Jannick Vestergaard and Andreas Christensen preferred at the back. Austria Vienna full-back Jens Stryger Larsen gets the nod, making just his third appearance for the senior team at 26.
SUBS: Leno, Ter Stegen, Mustafi, Plattenhardt, Henrichs, Demirbay, Can, Younes, Brandt, Demme, Werner.
GERMANY (3-5-2): Trapp; Sule, Rudiger, Ginter; Kimmich, Rudy, Draxler, Goretzka, Hector; Stindl, Wagner.
SUBS: Hansen, Jensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, M. Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Sorensen, Schone, Sisto, Hjulsager, Lerager, Vibe, Dolberg.
DENMARK (4-3-3): Ronnow; Larsen, Christensen, Vestergaard, Durmisi; Delaney, Eriksen, Kvist; Poulsen, Braithwaite, N. Jorgensen.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
They don’t need much in terms of preparation for that qualifier, but with a relatively experimental side selected to travel to the Confederations Cup later this month, Joachim Low will be looking to lay the groundwork as he aims to find their best XI ahead of their opening match against Australia.
Germany have far less to worry about. The defending World Cup champions are in pole position to reach international football’s illustrious competition in 2018, posting a perfect record through five matches as they figure to make it six when they host San Marino on Saturday.
With just seven points from five matches, Denmark find themselves well back of first-place Poland at the halfway stage of qualification, ahead of their must-win trip to Kazakhstan at the weekend as they battle it out for second place and a spot in the play-off in a congested Group E.
This friendly is more of a necessity than obligation for Denmark, who are in a bad way at the moment. After missing out on the 2016 European Championships, they find themselves struggling in qualification once again, this for the 2018 World Cup.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this friendly from the Brondby Stadion as Denmark play host to Germany in an all-European affair!