Danish smash-and-grab stuns Portugal
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Denmark came from behind with two goals in injury time to shock Portugal 3-2 in their Group 1 qualifier in Lisbon.

A penalty from Chelsea star Deco four minutes from time looked to have secured a routine win for the Portuguese, coached by former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, after Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner had levelled the hosts' opener on 42 minutes from United winger Nani.

However, in a frantic finale, the Danes  turned the match on its head as Christian Poulsen netted in the 90th minute and Daniel Jensen scored the clincher in the second minute of time added on.

The win gives Morten Olsen's side a massive boost after they could only draw their first match away to Hungary, while the Portuguese, still badly missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, won 4-0 at little Malta.

It's bad to lose this way, we had the game under control, but in football a team that doesn't score sometimes gets punished unfairly
Carlos Queiroz reflects on a demoralising defeat.

"," Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz told reporters. "We could have won but although we tried to keep Denmark under pressure, they managed to get things their way and we have to accept it."

It was the first time in 12 years that Portugal had lost a FIFA World Cup qualifying match, the last defeat coming in October 1996 in Ukraine.

Queiroz, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari after UEFA EURO 2008, added: "This is the result of two critical moments in which we didn't score and that gave confidence to Denmark. They believed all the way until the end. We tried to hold the game after the 2-1, now we need to recover these three points in the away game," he said.

With only the top side guaranteed to go through and Sweden also in the Group 1 mix, Queiroz will have to rally the troops after this unexpected home loss.