The victory because of Joakim Maehle’s second-half purpose on the Parken Stadium stored the Danes seven factors forward of Scotland, who eked out a late 1-0 win within the Faroe Islands, with two rounds of matches left to play.
“It means quite a bit,” Maehle advised Danish tv. “It’s the most effective nights in Parken in a really very long time. It’s wonderful.
“It wasn’t probably the most stunning soccer right now, however fortunately neither staff performed properly. The most vital factor is that we win and that now we have the ticket for the World Cup.”
Denmark reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 in July, earlier than dropping to England in extra-time. Since then they’ve received all 4 of their World Cup qualifiers.
Roared on by the house crowd, Denmark attacked from the kick-off.
Austria, weakened by damage and chastened by a 4-0 thrashing when the 2 groups met in Vienna in March, have been content material to defend and try to strike on the counter assault.
The Danes dominated the primary half however Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann acrobatically turned away their greatest efforts, from Andreas Skov Olsen and Mikkel Damsgaard.
The residence staff broke by means of early within the second half.
Thomas Delaney collected the ball close to midway, accelerated into area after which swerved throughout the highest of the penalty space, drawing 4 defenders earlier than sliding a cross to wingback Maehle.
The Atalanta participant drove the ball previous Bachmann on the close to put up.
The Danes attacked with much less urgency after taking the lead, however the Austrians didn’t muster a shot on purpose over the 90 minutes.
After eight qualifying matches, the Danes nonetheless haven’t conceded a purpose and be a part of Germany among the many early qualifiers for subsequent 12 months’s showpiece.
“You can solely dream about issues like this,” stated midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. “It’s loopy. This is large for me, it is big for the staff, for Danish soccer and for Denmark.
“With the age and high quality now we have, we’ll solely continue to grow. It’s about staying humble and holding our minds in the precise place.”