Czech Republic and Denmark draw

The Czech Republic hung on to claim a point away to Denmark with a 0-0 draw in their opening World Cup qualifier.

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Denmark's Christian Eriksen (R) vies for the ball with Petr Jiracek (L) of the Czech Republic during their World Cup 2014 qualifying match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen (AFP)

The Danes created several chances but lacked bite without striker Nicklas Bendtner who was serving a one-match ban for revealing a betting company logo on his underpants at Euro 2012.

The home side's best chance of the opening period fell to Michael Krohn-Dehli, who fired wide after chesting down a cross from the right in the Group B encounter.

Moments later, Dennis Rommedahl nodded wide as he tried to loop his header from Krohn-Dehli's pass over keeper Petr Cech.

Denmark continued to press in the second half, with seasoned winger Rommedahl tormenting the Czechs with a succession of dribbles, crosses and shots.

Cech had to be on his toes to keep out a Christian Eriksen free kick, and from the resulting corner Andreas Cornelius almost marked his Denmark debut with a goal.

The Danes were denied a late penalty when fullback Daniel Wass was bundled over in the area but German referee Wolfgang Stark waved away their appeals.

In Friday's opening Group B games, Armenia won 1-0 in Malta, while Italy and Bulgaria played out a 2-2 draw in Sofia.

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