Christian Eriksen scored an amazing eleven goals during qualifying, including a hat-trick in the playoffs.
Denmark World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Denmark have been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
Denmark vs Croatia – Round of 16 (1st July) Match Report
Denmark Starting XI: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, 4 Simon Kjaer, 5 Jonas Knudsen, 6 Andreas Christensen (19 Lasse Schone 46), 8 Thomas Delaney (2 Michael Krohn-Dehli 98), 10 Christian Eriksen, 11 Martin Braithwaite (23 Pione Sisto 105), 13 Mathias Jorgensen, 14 Henrik Dalsgaard, 20 Youssef Poulsen, 21 Andreas Cornelius (9 Nicolai Jorgensen 66)
Croatia Starting XI: 23 Danijel Subasic, 2 Sime Vrsaljko, 3 Ivan Strinic (22 Josip Pivaric 81), 4 Ivan Perisic (9 Andrej Kramaric 97), 6 Dejan Lovren, 7 Ivan Rakitic, 10 Luka Modric, 11 Marcelo Brozovic (8 Mateo Kovacic 71), 17 Mario Mandzukic (19 Milan Badelj 108), 18 Ante Rebic, 21 Domagoj Vida
Croatia 1 Denmark 1
Croatia 3-2 on pens
Croatia: Mandzukic 4
Denmark: M Jorgensen 1
Croatia held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to overcome Denmark and set up a quarter-final meeting with hosts Russia.
Two early goals – Denmark’s after just 57 seconds – suggested a goalfest might be on the cards. But two evenly matched teams cancelled each other out for large chunks of the game.
A half-time change gave Denmark the edge in midfield but Croatia came back into things and Luka Modric’s growing influence almost told in extra time. With five minutes remaining, Croatia’s captain played in Andrej Kramaric, who was fouled by Mathias Jorgensen for a penalty which Modric took but which Kasper Schmeichel saved. Schmeichel also stopped two of Croatia’s spot-kicks in the shoot-out but Croatia’s Danijel Subasic proved to be the hero, saving three of Denmark’s five kicks, leaving Ivan Rakitic to dispatch the crucial penalty.
A curious game for Luke Modric. For much of the match he was deployed very deep and was unable to control the midfield. He missed a penalty that would have won the game in extra time but held his nerve in the shoot-out to help send Croatia into the quarter-finals.
Possession (%): 53/47
Goal attempts: 22/15
Attempts on target: 8/10
Pass accuracy (%):81/79
Distance covered (km): 132/135
Denmark vs France – 26th June Match Report
Denmark Starting XI: 1 Kaspar Schmeichel, 4 Simon Kjaer, 6 Andreas Christensen, 8 Thomas Delaney (18 Lukas Lerager 90+2), 10 Christian Eriksen, 11 Martin Braithwaite, 13 Mathias Jorgensen, 14 Henrik Dalsgaard, 17 Jen Stryger Larsen, 21 Andreas Cornelius (12 Kasper Dolberg 75), 23 Pione Sisto (15 Viktor Fischer 60)
France Starting XI: 16 Steve Mandanda, 3 Presnel Kimpembe, 4 Raphael Varane, 7 Antoine Griezmann (18 Nabil Fekir 69), 8 Thomas Lemar, 9 Olivier Giroud, 11 Ousmane Dembele (10 Kylian Mbappe 78), 13 N’Golo Kante, 15 Steven N’Zonzi, 19 Djibril Sidibe, 21 Lucas Hernandez (22 Benjamin Mendy 50)
Denmark 0 France 0
France and Denmark played out the first goalless draw of the tournament in a hugely frustrating encounter. Boos and whistles rang around Moscow’s Luzniki stadium as fans experessed indignation at both teams’ laissez-faire attittude. But the stalement suited both teams: France finished as group winners, with the Danes as runners-up.
There were few goalmouth moments as both teams cancelled each other. France, with a virtual B team, struggled to break down Denmark’s defensive wall. When Antoine Griezmann did find a way to goal, bursting through on the counter-attack, Mathias Jorgensen fouled him for the game’s only yellow card.
France coach Didier Deschamps made multiple changes to his starting line-up but the attacking innovations – notably Thomas Lemar and Ousmane Dembele – made little use of their opportunity.
Denmark’s defensive set-up included centre-back Andreas Christensen deployed in central midfield in a bid for the point needed to reach the knockout stage.
Possession (%): 48/62
Goal attempts: 5/11
Attempts on target: 2/6
Pass accuracy (%): 70/86
Distance covered (km): 106/104
Denmark vs Australia (21st June) Match Report
Denmark Starting XI: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, 2 Simon Kjaer, 6 Andreas Christensen, 8 Thomas Delaney, 9 Nicolai Jorgensen (21 Andreas Cornelius 68), 10 Christian Eriksen14 Henrik Dalsgaard, 17 Jens Stryger Larsen, 19 Lasse Schone, 20 Yussuf Poulsen (11 Martin Braithwaite 59), 23 Pione Sisto
Australia Starting XI: 1 Mat Ryan, 5 Mark Milligan, 7 Matthew Leckie, 10 Robbie Kruse (17 Daniel Arzani 69), 11 Andrew Nabbout (9 Tomi Juric 75), 13 Aaron Mooy, 15 Mile Jedinak, 16 Aziz Behich, 19 Josh Risdon, 20 Trent Sainsbury, 23 Tom Rogic (22 Jackson Irvine 82)
Denmark 1 Australia 1
Denmark: Eriksen 7
Australia: Jedinak 38pen
Denmark and Australia shared the points in Samara after Mile Jedinak’s controversial penalty cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s early strike for the Danes.
Denmark took the lead with a brilliantly worked team goal but they failed to build on their early advantage and Australia were given the opportunity to equalise following a fortuitous VAR decision.
The equaliser emboldened Australia in the second half but they could not find the winner that their endeavour deserved.
Matter of fact
Mile Jedinak’s successful penalty maintained his 100 per cent record in spot-kick conversion.
Spanish referee Antonio Mateu waived away Australian appeals for a penalty after the ball struck Yussuf Poulsen’s arm at a corner. But VAR suggested he review the decision and a penalty was awarded. It was a harsh decision for Denmark – the leaping Poulsen was only inches away from Matthew Leckie’s header – but Australia felt it compensated for the controversial VAR-awarded penalty that France had been awarded in their opening game.
Possession (%): 48/52
Goal attempts: 10/14
Attempts on target: 5/5
Pass accuracy (%): 86/84
Distance covered (km): 112/114
Denmark vs Peru (16th June) Match Report
The third game of the day, Denmark face Peru in Group C. Match preview here.
Peru Starting XI: 1 Pedro Gallese, 2 Alberto Rodriguez, 6 Miguel Trauco, 8 Christian Cueva, 10 Jefferson Farfan (11 Raul Ruidiaz 85), 13 Renato Tapia (23 Pedro Aquino 87), 15 Christian Ramos, 17 Luis Advincula, 18 Andre Carrillo, 19 Yoshimar Yotun, 20 Edison Flores (9 Paolo Guerrero 63)
Denmark Starting XI: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, 4 Simon Kjaer, 6 Andeas Christensen (13 Matias Jorgensen 81), 7 William Kvist (19 Lasse Schone 35), 8 Thomas Delaney, 9 Nicolai Jorgensen, 10 Christian Eriksen, 14 Henrik Dalsgaard, 17 Jens Stryger Larsen, 20 Yussuf Poulsen, 23 Pione Sisto (11 Martin Braithwaite 67)
Peru 0 Denmark 1
Denmark: Poulsen 59
Peru impressed in their first game back in the World Cup for 36 years. But a penalty miss by Cristian Cueva on the eve of half-time allowed Denmark to grind out a result in the second half, thanks to a clever counter-attack led by Christian Eriksen. Denmark’s defence, well marshalled by keeper Kasper Schmeichel, resisted a late wave of Peruvian attacks as Jefferson Farfan, the lively Andre Carillo and substitute Paolo Guerrero all went close.
Matter of fact
Kasper Schmeichel kept a clean sheet in his first World Cup game, matching his father Peter, who only only manager one clean sheet in five World Cup appearances.
A reported 40,000 Peru fans travelled to Russia to support their team in their first World Cup appearance in 36 years. They considerably outnumbered Danish supporters in Saransk.
Possession (%): 52/48
Goal attempts: 18/10
Attempts on target: 7/5
Pass accuracy (%): 85/82
Distance covered (km): 104/110
Denmark World Cup Guide
Denmark’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup was a crescendo, starting abysmally as new coach Age Hareide struggled to impose his ideas, but rising to the brilliance of a 5-1 away triumph in the concluding play-off game. It is surely the best trajectory towards the nation’s fifth World Cup finals. While this side do not possess the vivid quality of the 1986 “Dynamite” team or the 1998 side that reached the quarter-finals, in Christian Eriksen they have a player every opponent will respect and fear. Optimism is high in a happy squad of underdogs who believe they can cause some shocks at the tournament as the most accomplished of the Scandinavian trio of nations.
Key Moments in Qualifying
The team is jeered off the pitch after a 1-0 home defeat by Montenegro.
A 4-0 win at home to Poland is a huge confidence boost for the side and evidence of quality as well as spirit.
Christian Eriksen scores the only goal of the game in a revenge away victory to Montenegro.
Trailing 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in the final play-off, Eriksen’s hat-trick sees Denmark to victory.
Related: Christian Eriksen May 2010
Denmark World Cup Group
Denmark World Cup Friendlies
- 22nd March – Panama (won 1-0)
- 27th March – Chile (drew 0-0)
- 2nd June – Sweden (drew 0-0)
- 9th June – Mexico (won 2-0)
Denmark World Cup Fixtures
Related: Antoine Griezmann November 2011
Age Hareide, age 64 (23.09.53)
Was a surprise choice to replace long-serving Morten Olsen in March 2016, not only because he is Norwegian but also given his relative lack of success as coach of his homeland a decade ago. Widespread scepticism among the army of high-profile Danish pundits from the Dynamite years has been washed away by a superb run of results in 2017, culminating in qualification. Nobody doubts now that he is worth his contract until July 2020.
The talisman of the team is midfielder Christian Eriksen, who scored an incredible 11 goals in the qualifying campaign, including the hat-trick in the final play-off match. He has blossomed into world class under the guidance of club manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur and is now happy and able to accept the responsibility of inspiring the team. Winger Pione Sisto has been a revelation in the past few months.
Keeper Kasper Schmeichel is following in the footsteps of his famous father, Peter, while midfielder William Kvist remains a valuable operator.
Denmark World Cup Squad
Final 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield).
Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich).
Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux).
Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)
Denmark World Cup Injuries
We will update you with all the injuries for Denmark here.
The Unanswered Questions
What system gives the most freedom to Christian Eriksen?
Age Hareide prefers a 4-3-3 formation that allows Eriksen the space to operate behind a main striker and two wide men.
Can striker Kasper Dolberg recover his dynamic form of last season?
If he starts to find form with Ajax again, he could overtake Andreas Cornelius and Niklas Bendtner in the pecking order.
Who will score the goals if Eriksen is absent through injury?
The obvious weakness is lack of goals and the over-reliance on Eriksen scoring. Yussuf Poulsen is one player who needs to become more prolific.
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