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  Qualifying Round

  

Group 2

When the draw was made for the UEFA EURO 2004 qualifiers, Group 2 looked one of the more intriguing sections, pitting Denmark - who reached the second round of the 2002 FIFA World Cup - against two of Europe's stronger football nations, Romania - who narrowly missed out on Korea/Japan - and Norway. The group was completed by one of Europe's emerging football nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Luxembourg. 

The first round of matches was full of drama as John Carew's late equaliser earned Norway a 2-2 draw at home against Denmark, while three early goals gave Romania a comfortable 3-0 victory in Sarajevo against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Danes recorded a 2-0 victory at home to Luxembourg in their next match while a Steffen Iversen strike earned Norway a 1-0 away win against Romania. 

Norway consolidated their advantage with a 2-0 home success against Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Romania took out their frustration on Luxembourg, Cosmin Contra scoring a hat-trick in a 7-0 away win. However, Denmark then won an extraordinary game in Bucharest 5-2 to put Romania on the back foot again, while Bosnia-Herzegovina recorded a first victory, defeating Luxembourg 2-0. That was also the score when the Bosnia-Herzegovnians travelled to Copenhagen four days later and secured an unexpected win against Denmark. Norway were also 2-0 away winners, in Luxembourg, but then slipped to a 1-0 defeat against the Danes, Jesper Grønkjær scoring the decisive goal after five minutes. 

Romania gradually got their campaign back on course with a 2-0 home win against Bosnia-Herzegovina and a 1-1 draw in Norway. Meanwhile, Denmark were 2-0 victors in Luxembourg, while Romania defeated the same opponents 4-0 in Ploiesti. The next set of games saw a late Zlatan Bajramovic goal earn Bosnia-Herzegovina a 1-0 win against Norway that brought the outsiders into serious contention, while an equaliser deep into added time from Martin Laursen gave group leaders Denmark a crucial 2-2 draw at home to Romania. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina then secured a 1-0 victory in Luxembourg in their penultimate qualifier, meaning victory at home to Denmark on the final day would earn automatic qualification. However, Martin Jørgensen's strike helped the Danes secure a 1-1 draw that ensured they finished top, with the Bosnians fourth on head-to-head results. Norway, 1-0 winners against Luxembourg, finished second and went into the play-offs, where they were paired with Spain, while Romania were third and Luxembourg bottom without a point or goal.
- UEFA.com

 
Norway 2-2 Denmark 07/09/02
Riise 54
Carew 90
Thomasson 23, 73 
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-3 Romania 07/09/02
  Ganea 6, 26
Munteanu 8 
Denmark 2-0 Luxembourg 12/10/02
Tomasson pen 51
Sand 70
 
Romania 0-1 Norway 12/10/02
  Iversen 84
Norway 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina 16/10/02
Tomasson pen 51
Sand 70
 
Luxembourg 0-7 Romania 16/10/02
  Moldovan 1, 4
Radio 23
Contra 45, 47, 86
Ghioane 80
Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 Luxembourg 29/03/03
Bolic 53
Barberez 75
 
Romania 2-5 Denmark 29/03/03
Mutu 5
Munteanu 47
Rommedahl 9, 90
Graveson 53
Tommason 71
Contra og 73
Luxembourg 0-2 Norway 02/04/03
  Rushfeldt 58
Solskjaer 74
Denmark 0-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 02/04/03
  Barbarez 22
Baljic 28
Denmark 1-0 Norway 07/06/03
Gronkjaer 4  
Romania 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina 07/06/03
Mutu 46
Ganea 87
 
Luxembourg 0-2 Denmark 11/06/03
  Jensen 21
Graveson 48
Norway 1-1 Romania 11/06/03
Solskjaer pen 78 Ganea 64
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 Norway 06/09/03
Bajramovic 86  
Romania 4-0 Luxembourg 06/09/03
Mutu 36
Pancu 41
Ganea 43
Bratu 78
 
Luxembourg 0-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 10/09/03
  Barbarez 36
Denmark 2-2 Romania 10/09/03
Tomasson pen 34
Laursen 90
Mutu 61
Pancu 71
Norway 1-0 Luxembourg 11/10/03
Flo 19  
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Denmark 11/10/03
Bolic 38 Jorgensen 12

 

 

 

 

 

 « Group Standings »

Group 2
Denmark
Norway
Romania
Bosnia
Luxembourg

P
8
8
8
8
8

W
4
4
4
4
0

D
3
2
2
1
0

L
1
2
2
3
8

F
15
9
21
7
0

A
9
5
9
8
21

Pt
15
14
14
13
0

 

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