COPENHAGEN Denmark's hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia were dealt a hammer blow as they lost 1-0 at home to Montenegro following a superb poacher's goal by Fatos Beciraj on Tuesday.
The hosts made all the running in the Group E clash but they were stunned in the 32nd minute when Beciraj lifted the ball home after Stefan Jovetic twisted and turned to create an opening before chipping a clever pass to his strike partner.
The Danes piled on the pressure in the second half, creating a slew of chances and having several decent penalty appeals turned down, but the Montenegran rearguard held firm to the delight of the travelling fans.
Montenegro top Group E on seven points, ahead of Poland on goal difference with Romania third on five.
Denmark are fourth on three points after three games.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor in Stockholm; editing by Martyn Herman)