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Denmark’s World Cup early exit seen as a “failure” by international experts

TheCopenhagenPost    December 2nd, 2022


All around the world, Denmark is criticized for its elimination

The team landed in Denmark yesterday to a quieter than normal reception (photo: Herrelandsholdet Facebook page)

With only one point in three games, the Danes are on their way home as one of the biggest disappointments – alongside Belgium and Germany – at the 2022 World Cup.

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As the only Scandinavian team in the competition, it’s perhaps understandable that the Swedish and Norwegian experts have been among the most harsh about Kasper Hjulmand’s players.

“Only Qatar has been worse than Denmark at this World Cup. In terms of will and energy, the Danes have been the worst,” former Norwegian player Jan Aage Fjørtoft said on Twitter.

“Given the team’s history, the high hopes and the accommodating group, it is undeniably a monumental disappointment,” Swedish sports journalist Frida Fagerlund told Aftonbladet.

British, French and Italian media all critical too
After the historic 1-0 win for Australia against Denmark on Wednesday, a lot of people saluted the exploits of the Socceroos, who have qualified for the final 16 for only the second time in their history. Their reward is a clash against Argentina on Saturday.

“The magic of last year’s European Championships is very far away,” the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said, while France’s L’Equipe described the exit as a total fiasco.

Hjulmand and his players returned to Denmark yesterday. Their opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Finland on March 23 can’t come quickly enough.

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