In the opening match of the men’s Olympic soccer tournament Denmark and Iraq played to a 0-0 draw at Mane Garrincha Stadium.
Denmark’s captain Lasse Vibe nearly provided a dream start for his team in the third minute, but his shot hit off the post.
Following the close call for Iraq, the team found its footing in the match as it held the majority of the possession early on.
In the 26th minute, Denmark had its second scoring chance of the game. On a counterattack, Casper Nielsen struck a shot that forced Iraq goalkeeper Mohammed Hameed into a diving save.
Late on in the first half Iraq’s Ali Adnan had two free kicks saved by Denmark goalkeeper Jeppe Hojbjerg as the teams went into halftime scoreless.
Although Iraq was the stronger side throughout the second half, the teams remained knotted with neither finding the back of the net.
A late onslaught by Iraq could not find a breakthrough resulting in a 0-0 draw. Both teams earned one point from the match.
Next up for Denmark is a match up against South Africa on Sunday at 6:00p.m. while Iraq faces off against host nation Brazil Sunday at 9:00p.m.