Denmark, Czech Republic draw 0-0 in WCup qualifier


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -Denmark and the Czech Republic drew 0-0 in their opening qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup on Saturday.

Denmark dominated the first half but the Czechs came back in the second with an early attempt by Matej Vydra.

The home team kept pressing and regained control, and had several chances. Their best came from Nicolai Jorgensen and Leon Andreasen but Petr Cech was able to keep his goal clear.

The Danes faced a compact and defensive Czech team. Cech jumped to make a save in the last minute when a lone Leon Andreasen took a clear shot.

"We had like 10 chances or so, and we should have scored," said coach Morten Olsen. "We are all disappointed. The ball should have crossed the line."

Captain and defender Daniel Agger added, "That's football. We didn't do everything right but we had lots of chances."

Denmark played without the suspended Nicklas Bendtner because of UEFA's one-match ban while the Czechs were without injured captain Tomas Rosicky, and his usual replacement, Daniel Kolar, and first-choice attacking midfielder Vaclav Pilar also were injured.

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