Denmark bankruptcy against Australia
Ex-Herthon rules out World Cup secret favorite
11/30/2022 at 6:13 pm
Denmark travels to Qatar as a tight-knit team with big ambitions for the World Cup. After a good year that saw the team reach the semi-finals of the European Championships following the fall of Christian Eriksen, bigger things are to come. But the decisive performance against Australia failed.
Outsiders Australia beat secret favorites Denmark at the World Cup in Qatar. After a goal from former Bundesliga supporter Matthew Leckie, it is not a semi-finalist of the European Championship, but one of the weakest teams in this World Cup in the round of 16. Leckie made it 1-0 (0-0) on Wednesday with a brilliant individual performance in the 60th minute. Australia coach Graham Arnold said after the 1–0 victory, “We worked for this for four years. I’m very proud of the boys. I saw it in their eyes today that they were ready for a game like this.” A place of great enthusiasm in the house.
Australia have reached the knockout stage for the second time since 2006, much to the excitement in their homeland. Denmark, on the other hand, fared less well than their goalless opener against Tunisia in front of a crowd of 41,232 at Al-Wakra. Apart from their defensive but unsuccessful performance in a 2-1 draw with France, coach Kasper Hjulmund’s side lacked everything that had made them such a force in this World Cup the past two years.
It lacked the pace, intensity and clearly the sense of togetherness that had often been invoked in previous European Championships. Half an hour into Australia’s game, former Bayern supporter Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham Hotspur was beckoning his teammates to be more dynamic and use different body language.
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At Al-Dashanab Stadium, at least in terms of the starting conditions of the game, it was very reminiscent of the final group game in the European Championship – even Hjulmund mentioned it in the last few days. Last year, the Danes also started the tournament with two losses following the collapse of their best player, Christian Eriksen, and urgently needed a win against Russia at the end of the preliminary round.
Subsequently, they won 4–1 and then advanced to the semi-finals. But this time? In the eleventh minute, Matthias Jensen was saved by Australian goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, who was playing for FC Copenhagen. After that the performance deteriorated minute by minute. Even playmaker Eriksson passed the ball unchallenged at the feet of an Australian in midfield (39′).
In the second half also, Dane did not catch the pace. The highlight of the game was that Atalanta Bergamo’s Italian professional Joachim Mahé let former Ingolstadt, Hertha and FSV Frankfurt player Lecki out of the way for the decisive goal.
The Australians played exactly as announced and could also be seen against Tunisia (1-0): with lots of energy and the necessary stability in defence. And Denmark coach Hjulmund failed to give his team a strategy to work against this wall. The 50-year-old fielded a third center forward in the third game of the tournament. They had already adjusted to the 4–1–4–1 strategy they had chosen at half time for this game.
The Danes’ sporting collapse after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships, a sovereign World Cup qualification and a Two Nations League victory against world champions France is baffling to such an extent. But Hjullmund’s decisions also play their part.