Denmark locked up their place in subsequent 12 months’s World Cup after they overcame cussed Austrian resistance to win 1-Zero in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The victory because of Joakim Maehle’s second-half objective on the Parken Stadium stored the Danes seven factors forward of Scotland, who eked out a late 1-Zero win within the Faroe Islands, with two rounds of matches left to play.
“It means a lot,” Maehle instructed Danish tv. “It’s top-of-the-line nights in Parken in a really very long time. It’s superb.
“It wasn’t the most beautiful football today, but luckily neither team played well. The most important thing is that we win and that we have the ticket for the World Cup.”
Denmark reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 in July, earlier than dropping to England in extra-time. Since then they’ve gained all 4 of their World Cup qualifiers.
Roared on by the home crowd, Denmark attacked from the kick-off.
Austria, weakened by harm and chastened by a 4-Zero thrashing when the 2 groups met in Vienna in March, had been content material to defend and try to strike on the counter assault.
The Danes dominated the primary half however Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann acrobatically turned away their greatest efforts, from Andreas Skov Olsen and Mikkel Damsgaard.
The home workforce broke via early within the second half.
Thomas Delaney collected the ball near midway, accelerated into area after which swerved throughout the highest of the penalty space, drawing 4 defenders earlier than sliding a cross to wingback Maehle.
The Atalanta participant drove the ball previous Bachmann on the near put up.
The Danes attacked with much less urgency after taking the lead, however the Austrians did not muster a shot on objective over the 90 minutes.
After eight qualifying matches, the Danes nonetheless haven’t conceded a objective and be a part of Germany among the many early qualifiers for subsequent 12 months’s showpiece.
“You can only dream about things like this,” stated midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. “It’s loopy. This is big for me, it is large for the workforce, for Danish soccer and for Denmark.
“With the age and quality we have, we will only keep growing. It’s about staying humble and keeping our minds in the right place.”