Denmark, a brilliant semifinalist in Euro 2020, became the second team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday (in addition to Qatar, host and ex officio) after Germany, who got it on Monday. The Danish national team, European champions in 1992, achieved their place by defeating Austria, with Real Madrid player David Alaba, 1-0 in group F.
Joakim Maehle scored, through Thomas Delaney’s pass, this historic goal that is worth qualifying for a World Cup.
Denmark now has 24 points and is therefore unattainable for their rivals. Scotland, now the big favorites to finish second and enter the playoffs, have 17 after beating the Faroe Islands 1-0. Israel, third, has 13 after beating Moldova 2-1. The fight is now for second place, which gives the right to play the repechage.
It was not a walk for Denmark this triumph that has ensured their presence in the Qatar World Cup 2022, since they had to wait until the second half, specifically until the 53rd minute, to score the long-awaited goal, the work of Maehle. But it came.
England, host and runner-up in the end, prevented Denmark by beating 2-1 in extra time from reaching the final of a European Championship in which the players of that Scandinavian team played by his partner Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest in the first phase match against Finland. Between the medical staff and the captain of Denmark, Simon Kjaer (nominated for the Ballon d’Or last Friday) saved his life.