Denmark prolonged the good moment lived in the last European Championship, in which they reached the semifinals, with a convincing victory over Scotland (2-0), the fourth in as many games, which puts their qualification for the final phase of the Qatar 2022 World Cup on track . “I har samlet nationen p ny” (You have united the nation again), read a banner on the “red wall”, one of the funds of the Copenhagen Parken, with an enthusiastic public like in the Eurocup and an atmosphere worthy of pre-ndemic times, in keeping with a country where in a few days the few remaining restrictions will disappear. And pushed by the support of its fans, the “Red Dynamite” soon showed its superiority against a timid rival and weighed down by a dozen casualties, due to injuries and positive for covid-19, including incumbents like McTominay and McGinn. Also losing weight, although less, presented Denmark: the central Vestergaard and the attackers Braithwaite and Dolberg, three fixed in the eleven of Kasper Hjulmand.
But they were not noticed. Denmark finished the game in one minute, the one between Wass’s goal and Mhle’s, the two winners. The Valencia player headed a cross from Hjbjerg. The one from Atalanta, defined with class an excellent pass from Damsgaard. The goals were a sample of Denmark’s game with Hjulmand, a very dynamic team, where the players change position all the time and the full-backs appear by surprise to finish inside the area. Delaney and Hjbjerg are enough to hold the middle, and Andreas Christensen leads the defense with authority. Scotland wanted to take a step forward, but did not shoot in the entire first half. Mhle, again, and Poulsen touched third. We had to wait until the 48th minute to see a dangerous attack by the British team: a long shot from Gilmour that was narrowly deflected. By then, Steve Clarke had already removed a defender to put in another forward. Without much success.
What he did manage was to control Denmark better, partly with fouls to cut it off. Even so, and despite getting a little comfortable with the result, he was able to extend his lead with a Delaney shot that Gordon drew with a good hand or a Hjbjerg finish. With ten minutes remaining, Schmeichel appeared with a good save from Fraser to avoid scares and ensure an impressive balance. Denmark has 16 goals for and none against so far in qualifying. And if in this window he beats the Faroe Islands and Israel, he will have the ticket to Qatar almost in his hand.