Denmark 1-0 Austria: Maehle scores goal to book place at World Cup

Denmark 1-0 Austria: Joakim Maehle scores decisive goal to book place at Qatar World Cup after eighth win in succession for Kasper Hjulmand’s side

  • Denmark have been perfect thus far in qualifying and won every game  
  • They maintained that record with a win over Austria, who have struggled
  • Joakim Mæhle scored in the second half to put the Danes in front at home 

Denmark became the second European nation to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with two games to spare.  

A 1-0 home win over Austria on Tuesday left them top of qualifying Group F with an unassailable lead over their rivals.

After Germany advanced to the 32-nation tournament on Monday, the Danes secured their own berth as a 53rd-minute goal from Joakim Maehle helped them to an eighth successive qualifying victory.

Joachim Maeler (centre) scored the only goal of the game as Denmark beat Austria

Denmark missed several chances before Maehle beat visiting goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann with a neat finish inside the near post thanks to good work by Thomas Delaney, who set up the wing back after a darting run through the middle.

Denmark and Germany joined Qatar, who gained an automatic spot in the finals as the host nation. 

Only the group winners from European qualifying advance directly while the runners-up enter the playoffs.

The Atalanta wide man starred for his side as they remained unbeaten in qualifying

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