The Danes joining Germany on the plane to Qatar next year. They are making a good case for the team of the year. Here they made it eight wins out of eight making them worthy qualifiers. They have play an expansive attacking brand of soccer in these qualifiers although against the Austrians here they were a bit cautious. I can’t blame them after they lost their best attacking threat Damsgaard through injury in the first half. The Austrians were always never going to be any pushovers. They stretched eventual champions Italy to the limit at Euro 2020 in the second round. With experience in their side in the form of Sabitzer(Bayern) and Alaba(Real Madrid) I kind of hoped for an upset to be honest. Great defensive organization from the Austrians though to restrict the Danes to just the single goal.
Instead they never really tested Schmeichel and despite having more of the ball and more passes. Denmark’s passing was less in quantity but it was more into the dangerous areas. Not surprised the goal came from Maehle. The amount of times he spends in the opposition half greatly increases his chances of scoring for a left back. If there is a weakness in this Danish side it has to be at center forward. They have had a variety of goal scorers throughout these qualifiers which to some is a good thing. But for me you need that out and out goal scorer to win a major tournament. No disrespect to Poulsen who is a good player but not at center forward, nope. Finding that great number 9 is the next major task for Kasper Hjulmand before the world cup.