Thu 6 Jun 2024, 10:00 · Ash Harrison

Watch: Newcastle's Alexander Isak scores but is unable to prevent defeat in Scandinavian derby

Watch: Newcastle's Alexander Isak scores but is unable to prevent defeat in Scandinavian derby
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Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak was on the scoresheet last night as Denmark hosted Sweden in an international friendly leading up to Euro 2024.

Denmark took an early lead via Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaving Swedish manager and former Newcastle United striker, Jon Dahl Tomasson with mixed emotions being a former Danish international himself.

However, the Danes weren't ahead for long as Alexander Isak picked up the ball in the area, brought it under his spell and lashed it home from six yards to level the score.

That was his 11th International goal in 45 games but with Sweden not heading to the Euros this summer, Saturday's game against Serbia will be his last chance to add to his tally until September.


It was a trio of Premier League players on the scoresheet as Denmark won 2-1

With just five minutes left in the match, Manchester United's Christian Eriksen produced a moment of magic to steal the win, firing a curling effort from outside of the area that left Robin Olsen in the Sweden goal rooted to the spot. It will no doubt be a confidence boost to Denmark who take on Norway on Saturday as they look to conquer Scandinavia before heading to Euro 2024 where they'll face England in Group C.

The good news for Newcastle in all this is that Isak will get plenty of rest this summer with no tournament football to play, and even better than that, is that he won't be on display for other clubs to heighten their interest and maybe convince them to make an audacious bid.

Isak has said he's very happy on Tyneside, so we shouldn't be worrying about things like that but ... remember Andy Carroll?


Swedish media called Isak's finish 'ice cold'

Isak received plenty of praise in Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen's post-game write-up after completing 70 minutes for his nation, praising his club form carrying into the yellow and blue of Sweden.

“The goalscoring form from the club team continued thanks to an ice-cold finish in the equaliser. Difficult to catch for the Danish defence and linked up nicely with the midfield. Strong third, close to a fourth. Best in Sweden.”

It was a shame that our current striker and former forward couldn't get more from the game, but I guess that's why they won't be in Germany for the Euros.