Denmark beat Scotland with a quick-fire second half double in Copenhagen’s 2-0 World Cup qualification win.
Steve Clarke’s team were down two in fifteen minutes thanks to goals by Daniel Wass, Joakim Mabele and then were run ragged the remainder of the half.
The second-half saw a reshuffled Scotland team with Lyndon Dykes, which showed some improvement but not enough to change the score. Although the defeat came as no surprise it cast doubt on Scots’ hopes of qualifying.
Scotland has now collected five of the possible 12, and will face Moldova at Hampden Park Saturday, before heading to Austria on Tuesday. They are losing points.
Kasper Hjulmand’s team, which reached the semi-finals at Euro 2020, won all four games in Group F and appear to be on their way to qualifying.
Ratings for players
Denmark: Schmeichel (7), Andersen (7), Kjaer (7), Christensen (7), Wass (7), Hojbjerg (6), Delaney (6), Maehle (7), Skov Olsen (6), Poulsen (6), Damsgaard (8).
Subs Wind: Wind(6), Lindstrom(n/a), Norgaard/n/a), Stryger/n/a), Daramy/n/a
Scotland: Hanley (6) and Cooper (5).
Subs: Dykes (6), Christie (6), Ferguson (n/a), Turnbull (n/a).
Man Of The Match:Mikkel damsgaard
Scotland gets a first-half win from the Danes
Clarke claimed that it was one of the most difficult build-ups to matches in his tenure as Scotland manager. Due to injuries and Covid-19 issues, Clarke had to make a decision from an already depleted team.
Denmark was also without star strikers Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg and Kasper Braithwaite. However, it didn’t matter as Denmark stormed to a commanding early lead.
It was easy for Wass to rise above Tierney in 13 minutes and head in a search cross from Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
Two minutes later, Maehle managed to slip a second through Gordon’s legs from six yards. He had previously worked a one-two together with Mikkel Damsgaard.
The red and white wave continued to roll in, with the visitors unable to stop it. Kasper Schmeichel, the Danish goalkeeper was there to watch as Scotland gave the ball away. In the 32nd minute Gordon saved Yussuf Puulsen from scoring a free kick to the backpost.
Clarke called in Dykes to replace Scott McKenna. Tierney took over the third row, Robertson moved back to the left, and Ryan Fraser was dropped to right-wingback.
To offer hope, Gilmour drove from 25 yards wide three minutes after the restart. Denmark’s talents could not be stopped and Gordon grabbed Thomas Delaney’s 25-yard drive just after the hour mark.
News from the team
Craig Gordon was back in the goal against Denmark for Scotland’s World Cup qualifying match. The 38-year old Hearts goalkeeper, David Marshall was left out of the team after he lost his spot at Derby. He was then reinstated for his 58th cap. Steve Clarke was with an injured squad and Covid-19 issues. Captain Andy Robertson played right-wingback, while Kenny McLean and his Norwich team-mate Billy Gilmour were back in the midfield with Southampton’s Che Adams at the front.
Ryan Christie took over for Adams in the 71st minutes. McLean soon set Callum McGregor up, but McLean’s left footed shot was saved easily by Schmeichel.
Grant Hanley, Defender, headed Gilmour’s cross over the far post. Schmeichel saved Fraser’s corner shot by making a good save at his right-hand side.
Four minutes remained and Gordon saved Hojbjerg from a close-range header. As the game slowed down, Lewis Ferguson, a midfielder, replaced Gilmour. However, the match was over.
The manager spoke…
Steve Clarke, Scotland manager:They blew us away by their intensity and won the game. It was a difficult night, as we conceded two goals quickly. Although we showed some character during the second half, it was disappointing.
We could have achieved both of these goals better, and this is the part that disappointed us because we did not give ourselves the opportunity to play the game. We took 30 minutes to feel the game, and by then the game was beyond our grasp.
There are few positives when you lose. “We have to move on, get well and win three points against Moldova at Hampden.”
- All 17 matches between Denmark and Scotland have ended at a level. Denmark has won seven of these competitions, while Scotland now has 10.
- Scotland has lost their four most recent international competitive matches (D1) by more than in all 14 of their prior match (W7 D5L2).
- Denmark is now undefeated in the 21 EURO/World Cup qualifiers (W14 D7) since their October 2016 loss to Montenegro by 1-0.
- Daniel Wass was making his debut for Denmark in his 36th match for the national team in all competitions.
- It took just 93 seconds for Daniel Wass to open the scoring and Joakim Mhle to double Denmark’s lead.
- Mikkel Damsgaard was involved in 9 goals during his appearances in Denmark’s nine competitions. He scored 4 and assisted 5.
Scotland hosts Moldova, while Denmark and Faroe Islands travel to Faroe Islands Saturday at 7.45pm. On Tuesday, Scotland will host Austria and Denmark who entertain Israel at 7.45pm. All games are live on Sky Sports Soccer Football.
Publiated at Wednesday, 01 Sep 2021 21.26:01 +0000