Denmark AND Austria 2-0
Denmark regained its balance in Group A of the European Nations League, today, Monday, by defeating its guest, Austria, with two goals without a response, in the fourth round of confrontations.
At the Parken Arena in Copenhagen, the Scandinavian team was satisfied with the first-half double, which bore the signature of Jonas Wind and Andreas Olsen in the 21st and 37th minutes, respectively.
The Danish team benefited more than with this result, as it quickly regained its balance in the group, losing among its fans in the last round, with a clean goal against Croatia.
The victory also kept Christian Eriksen’s companions at the top, with their score of 9 points in the first place.
On the other hand, Austria suffered its second loss in the group,
to keep its tally at 4 points, which it collected from a 3-0 win in the opening round over Croatia, then a positive draw with a goal in the last round against France.
Denmark are two points clear at the top of Nations League Group A1 after their third win in four matches.
Kasper Hjulmand’s side bounced back from defeat to Croatia last time out with victory over Austria in Copenhagen.
Jonas Wind and Andreas Olsen scored the goals for Denmark,
who are two points ahead of Croatia after they beat France.
Christian Eriksen started on the bench for Kasper Hjulmand’s side, but came on in the second half in the same stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest a year ago yesterday at Euro 2020.
Denmark’s first-half dominance took the game away from the Austrian, who never really presented any real danger throughout the contest.
The hosts took the lead after 20 minutes as defender Joachim Andersen found wing-back Joakim Maehle behind the defence,
who pulled the ball back for Jonas Wind to place the ball into the back of the net.
Denmark then doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time,
as the impressive Andreas Olsen was played into the box by a through pass,
where he just had to open up his body and score with his left foot into the far corner.
Denmark’s next fixture is in Croatia in September.
Denmark have now done the double over Austria in this international break,
as Ralf Rangnick still looks to make his mark on his side.
However, with Real Madrid defender David Alaba an unused sub it was a relatively straightforward win for the Danes.
Austria missed out on the chance to leapfrog Denmark and take top spot in group,
but an uninspiring performance from the Austrians meant they are now competing with Croatia for second place in the group.