Denmark became the second side to qualify for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup after they recorded a 1-0 win over Austria to make it eight wins from eight qualifying matches in Group F of the qualifiers.
After Germany sealed their place in the finals just 24 hours earlier, it was the turn of Denmark to take on Austria in the hopes of securing a spot in next year’s World Cup finals.
With Denmark dominating affairs in Copenhagen, Watford and Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was called upon to thwart good efforts from Skov Olsen and Mikkel Damsgaard in order to keep the first half scoreless.
Denmark eventually broke the deadlock through Atalanta left wing-back Joakim Maehle in the 53rd minute of the encounter. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney embarked on a brilliant run before playing Maehle in to finally beat Bachmann in the Austria goal with a quality finish.
Denmark held on for the rest of the match, denying their Austrian opponents from recording a single shot on target as they emerged 1-0 winners from the match and secured passage to the 2022 FIFA World Cup mundial.
Denmark have become only the third side to book their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals after hosts Qatar and Germany. It is the Danes’ first time of securing back-to-back World Cup qualification since they achieved it in 1998 and 2002.
Denmark have maintained a 100% record in qualifying so far, winning all eight of their matches so far. More remarkably, they have not conceded a single goal and have scored 27 times in only eight matches in their qualifiers.
Denmark boss Kasper Hjumland’s players will now represent their country at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the hopes of bettering their Round of 16 finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They reached the semifinals of Euro 2020 before losing to England in a contentious match.