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Tottenham ace Eriksen misses penalty but sees Denmark through

Christian Eriksen's blushes were spared in Denmark's eventual 1-0 victory over Armenia on Sunday.

The Danish side managed to overcome the visitors in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen thanks to Eriksen's first-half goal.

The Tottenham Hotspur star scored his 10th international goal when he ran onto a clever back-heel from Middlesbrough new boy Viktor Fischer and finished beyond Armenia keeper Arsen Beglaryan from just outside the area.

Fischer later hit the crossbar with a thunderous strike as Age Hareide's side threatened to blow the game open.

In the 72nd minute, Fischer won a penalty when Hovhannes Hambardzumyan clattered into his back, allowing Eriksen to step up to the spot, but Beglaryan came up with a diving save to his right before reacting quickly to parry Yussuf Pulse's follow-up.

Thankfully, Eriksen's error did not come back to haunt Denmark as they clinched all three points in their Group E opener.

Andrew Slevison
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