Cigars for Qatar? How long before Denmark are out of sight on their way to the 2022 World Cup?
No team has more points in European World Cup qualifying than Denmark right now.
Yesterday evening, Denmark scored twice in quick succession after a quarter of an hour to close down Scotland and take another huge step to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The goals, which led to a comfortable 2-0 win for the Danes, were the country’s 15th and 16th in just four games of qualifying. Furthermore, they haven’t conceded one yet!
With the Faroes up next, away on Saturday, and then a home game against Israel on Tuesday, that record looks set to continue.
By then Denmark could have 18 points with just four games to play, a minimum five points clear of second place, but likely more.
Mæhle amazing again
“I have great respect for the other teams in the pool. We know we’re big favorites now, but I’m not taking anything for granted. I have a good feeling, but nothing has been decided yet,” national coach Kasper Hjulmand told media after the game.
Yesterday it wasn’t a question of Scotland playing badly, but Denmark being just too good in front of 34,000 fans at Parken.
Atalanta player Joakim Mæhle, 24, scored a brilliant second goal, exchanging an exquisite one-two with fellow Euro 2020 breakthrough star Mikael Damsgaard, controlling on his chest before deftly beating the keeper off the outside of his right foot with a nutmeg finish.
Mæhle, a left back who is right-footed, is quickly developing a reputation for his audacious ability to kick the ball in that manner.
His cross against the Czechs in the Euro quarters was named the assist of the championship by several media.
His goal against Scotland was his third in his last five competitive fixtures for Denmark.