Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund was on the receiving end of some rough challenges on San Marino clash
Hojlund – who cost United a transfer fee of £72 million in August when he signed from Atalanta in Italy – made his ninth senior international appearance for Denmark in a Euro 2024 qualifier away to San Marino.
The 20-year-old scored a superb opener – his seventh goal for Denmark – in a 2-1 win.
Hojlund also won four free-kicks for Denmark as San Marino seemingly attempted to unsettle the striker with some aggressive tactics.
The worst foul of the game came in the 88th minute when San Marino defender Roberto Di Maio thrust his left knee into Hojlund’s back.
Di Maio was shown a yellow card – a decision that Hojlund described as “a joke” in a post-match interview on Danish TV.
Meanwhile, quotes attributed to Denmark captain Simon Kjaer accused San Marino’s players of deliberately trying to injure Hojlund.
Kjaer – who plays his club soccer for AC Milan – is said to have overheard San Marino players saying in Italian that they were targeting Hojlund’s knees.
Kjaer: “It clearly had to be a red card. It was 100% intentional and I think Neymar has also been kneed in the back like that (WC 2014). San Marino players said they would continue to target Hojlund’s knee after that situation. I reported to the referee, I asked him if he needed me to translate.”
Hojlund later confirmed this as well. “”I feel they targeted me, as you can see at the end. I understand Italian and I could hear them saying that they had the idea to crush me…
You can see from the images that he only had one idea in mind. Yellow card is just a joke”
Looking back at the situation, this is clearly a situation of intentional bad play, worthy of a red card. Hojlund just returned from a back injury at Man United.