Darkhorse Denmark bring their recent triumphs to the 2022 World Cup

Denmark World Cup 2022

Denmark are the most common choice for underdogs in the 2022 World Cup. With Croatia’s success in the final in 2018, sentiment among the Danish camp is shifting from wishful thinking to realism.

Ironically, Croatia knocked out Denmark in the Round of 16 in Russia. The eventual runner-up overturned Denmark’s early advantage after a defensive mishap among the Danish back line. In the end, Croatia’s penalty shootout win sparked a run that beat the hosts and the English.

In many ways, Denmark has put itself in a position to have one of its own races. Moreover, France and Denmark drew scoreless in the last game of the group stage. However, this scoreless draw was mutually beneficial and ended up being a somewhat forgettable game.

This match does not reflect what Denmark have achieved in recent years, especially against some of Europe’s top teams. Now he can draw on the experience of the big tournaments to compete on the biggest stage.

Divine Safeguards

Starting from the back, Kasper Schmeichel’s manual dexterity as a goalkeeper did wonders for the Danes. A shutout against Peru only preceded a goal against Australia. This goal came from a penalty. Then, of course, Denmark held France at bay in the final game of the group stage.

Schmeichel’s superb performance at Russia 2018 really stood out against Croatia. The former Leicester City keeper saved three penalties in total against Croatia, including one in regulation time. Despite saving two in the shootout, Denmark could only convert two of their five attempts.

Compete with the best

Close calls against Croatia and Denmark mean a lot for Denmark’s potential. The Danes held their own against a top team and showed a dogged determination to prove their prowess against the best in Europe. Indeed, Christian Eriksen had the opportunity of a winning match against France. Steve Mandanda beat the then Spurs midfielder in their late one-on-one.

Now a group stage game with little at stake and the World Cup final have an unparalleled level of urgency. Still, it’s still remarkable to consider that France scored four goals against Croatia, while Denmark held the champions scoreless.

Nations League upheaval

Likewise, the UEFA Nations League is not an accurate measure of a team’s performance. Rather, the matches are friendlies rather than a major tournament. Nonetheless, Denmark drew against France in League A, Group 1 in June. The Danes beat France on the first day. Former Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius scored twice as Denmark stunned the French at home, 2-1, in Saint-Denis.

Moreover, the Danes have also drawn Croatia into this group. The Checkers got the better of Denmark, 1-0. Denmark’s Dynamite reunites with their Nations League rivals on September 22-25. These two games represent a great opportunity for Denmark to develop two months before the 2022 World Cup.

There, Denmark encounters a pair of familiar enemies.

Schmeichel Denmark World Cup

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Denmark set for 2022 World Cup clashes

Compared to Russia 2018, few changes for Denmark in their group stage for Qatar 2022. Entering Group D as Pot 2, Denmark face France and Australia. The only change is that Tunisia replaces Peru. It’s quite a coincidence, but not one that should scare Denmark too much.

Plus, it helps to have the chip on your shoulder from four years ago.

The reds and whites have a 66% chance of beating Tunisia in their first game. On the second day, it is difficult to overthrow the champions. As clear underdogs, a draw probably seems like a decent hit if it happens. This helps close out the group stage against Australia. In this match, Denmark is, from now on, an overwhelming favorite.

Therefore, Denmark should be fine. Group D is not the toughest group in the World Cup. In fact, it is argued to be one of the most direct and simple.

With Denmark’s talent there is considerable power on the pitch with over a dozen players in Europe’s top five leagues. Ahead of the 2022/23 European calendar, a number of Danish talents are in the spotlight at new clubs.

Last transfers

After establishing himself as a defender in Chelsea’s starting XI in 2017, Andreas Christensen succumbed to a back injury. He was unable to take part in the 2018 FA Cup final. However, Christensen earned the honor of Chelsea’s ‘Young Player of the Year’. After that, in the 2021 UCL Final, Christensen came off the bench in the first half as an unannounced substitute. He defended his team’s 1-0 win over Manchester City. Currently, the defender is awaiting a new challenge with a four-year contract with Barcelona.

At the back of Russia 2018, striker Christen Eriksen helped Spurs win the UCL title. Tottenham finished second in this tournament to English rivals Liverpool. Eriksen is one of the best stories in the world of football. Near death after suffering cardiac arrest against Finland in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener, Eriksen made a miraculous comeback just to play again. He thrived at Brentford, who took a chance. It offered a new opportunity at a top club. This time it’s Manchester United calling the midfielder’s number on a three-year deal.

Kasper Schmeichel, one of Denmark’s and Leicester City’s heroes, has had a busy career. In a relatively calm move, he is on his way to Nice in view of what is likely his last World Cup at the age of 36 after the World Cup.

Now Danish captain Simon Kjær leads the Danes with a hidden agenda to show the world they have the power to match France. Be careful with dynamite; they could ignite at the World Cup.

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