Denmark close in on 2022 World Cup
Usually when Denmark qualifies for a major tournament, it comes down to a final winner-takes-all game at some point.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case this time.
Following a 5-0 drubbing of Israel at Parken Stadium last night (see highlights in video below), the Danes sit as comfortably as ever before in qualification.
With just four games remaining, Denmark lead Group F with a commanding seven-point cushion over Scotland in second. They need just two more wins to be group winners and automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Two of the last four games will be against the Faroe Islands and Moldova, so six points looks more than achievable.
It’s an impressive six wins in as many attempts for the Danes now, and they have yet to concede a single goal, wracking up a goal difference of +22.
And perhaps what is even more eye-popping, is that the team is getting goals from pretty much everyone aside from … well … Kasper Schmeichel.
The game last night was an example of that, with the five goals coming from different players (Yussuf Poulsen, Simon Kjær, Andreas Skov Olsen, Thomas Delaney and Andreas Cornelius).
In fact, no less than 16 players have scored the 22 goals in this campaign – a testament to the depth of the squad and an underscoring that everyone contributes.
Skov Olsen is Denmark’s top scorer with three goals so far, but other players to score this campaign are: Mikkel Damsgaard, Kasper Dolberg, Jonas Wind, Joakim Mæhle (all two goals) Yussuf Poulsen, Thomas Delaney, Andreas Cornelius, Simon Kjær, Robert Skov, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Martin Braithwaite, Marcus Ingvartsen, Jens Stryger Larsen and Daniel Wass (all one goal).
The Danes can secure a very early World Cup qualification berth already next month, when they take on Moldova away on October 9 and then Austria at home three days later.
They’ll wrap up play against the Faroes at home and Scotland away in November.