Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has received criticism from the Danish media for his performance in Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Tunisia on Tuesday.
The expectations surrounding Denmark is fairly high this World Cup on the back of their excellent showing in the European Championship 18 months ago, where they lost in the semi final to England in extra-time.
The Danes are the favourites to progress from Group D along with France but they had a disappointing start to the tournament in Qatar as they were held to a draw by Tunisia.
Kasper Hjulmand’s side struggled to create too many clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes and Tuesday’s result has now complicated qualification to the knockout stages as they might now need a result against France.
Hojbjerg, much like almost every other Denmark player, put in a relatively quiet display at the Education City Stadium and Danish publication BT have been critical of the Spurs star’s performance.
The publication gave the midfielder a rating of 3/6 and wrote about his performance: “He is the emir of the Danish national team with principles that he never deviates from, but today, like the rest of the team, he was disappointing and did not show the level for which he has been praised so much in recent years. However, his tackle prevented Tunisia from taking the lead with minutes to go before the break.”
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As we saw during the European Championship, Hojbjerg makes this Denmark side tick and he has to play well if Kasper Hjulmand’s are to progress to the latter stages in Qatar. A defeat against France on Saturday will now put the Danes under severe pressure, especially if Tunisia beat Australia.
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