In a game that had a very low stake, host Scotland came out on top as they defeated Denmark. The result did not have much effect on the final standing as Denmark qualified directly to the World Cup 2022 and the Scots will now have to go through the play-offs.
Denmark has been unbeaten so far in this qualifier campaign, winning all of their previous 9 matches. Scotland was finally able to stop them with an impressive 2-0 victory.
The goals for Scotland came from Che Adams and John Souttar. Denmark had only conceded once prior to this match, but regardless of the result had an extremely successful qualification campaign.
Scotland made a few changes to their team. Nathan Patterson was dropped after picking up a suspension, and Stephen O’Donnell came in for him. Goalscorer John Souttar was made into the defence as he replaced Jack Hendry in the team.
There was also changes upfront for the Scots. Southampton star Stuart Armstrong was benched for the match against the Danes. It was Ryan Cristie of Celtic who came in at the attack instead.
The visitors made multiple changes to the sides that beat Faroe Island. Jannik Vestergaard came in at the back for Jens Stryger Larsen, while in midfield Christian Norgaard and Jesper Lindstrom was replaced by Jens Jonsson and Rasmus Kristensen. Yussuf Poulsen and Mohamed Daramy also made way for Andreas Cornelius and Jacob Bruun Larsen.
SCOTLAND 2- 0 DENMARK: MATCH REVIEW
it was a magical return for John Souttar to the Scottish team. The defender, who has been sidelined due to injuries made his return to the national team after a period of three years memorable by scoring the first goal of the match.
The goal came in the 35th minute from a corner taken by Kieran Tierney, whose ball was headed back in play by Liam Cooper. Souttar put the ball inside the net by a header of his own to earn them the lead.
Che Adams was a nuisance for Denmark throughout the match, coming close to scoring goals on multiple occasions. However, he found his goal of the night, when a counter-attack in the 88th minute was finished perfectly by the Southampton striker. Denmark also had their chances, but couldn’t convert any as they had to suffer the one and only defeat of the campaign.
While the result of the match do not change the current standing, the victory was important for Scotland. It was their sixth successive competitive victory.
The victory will give much-needed confidence heading into the play-offs. But it also means that Scotland finishes as one of the top-seeded second-placed teams in the qualifiers. As a result, their semi-final will be played in Scotland against an unseeded opponent.
Captain Andy Robertson and midfielder Billy Gilmour were injured, causing concern for their respective clubs. For Denmark, the result will not take away an excellent campaign, that saw them dominate the other teams. The nation will be looking to make a similar impact next year in Qatar.
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