World Cup Qualifiers: Denmark all but qualified after dominating Israel
- Denmark has won all the six World Cup qualifiers they have played so far
- Israel came into the game in second place in Group F
- Five different players scored for Denmark against Israel
Denmark beat Israel 5-0 on Tuesday with five different players scoring for the Danes to put them on the verge of securing a place at the 2022 World Cup with barely half of the qualifying games played.
Denmark has won all the six World Cup qualifiers they have played so far. The team had also reached the semifinals at the European Championship in July. They have a perfect clean sheet record as nobody has been able to breach their defence in the qualifiers. One more win could secure a spot at next year's tournament in Qatar.
Israel came into the game in second place in Group F but were of no match to the Danes. The closest the Israelites came to scoring was when Eran Zahavi put the ball in the net early on, only for it to be ruled out for offside. After that, they did not have a single shot on target.
Yussuf Poulsen drew first blood for Denmark in the 28th minute with a goal on the rebound after Israeli goalkeeper Ofir Marciano failed to hold Mikkel Damsgaard's volley. Three minutes later, Denmark captain Simon Kjaer headed in his team's second goal from a free-kick, before goals from Andreas Skov Olsen and Thomas Delaney.
Andreas Cornelius capped the win with a fifth goal in stoppage time, Denmark's 22nd in just six qualifying games.
Denmark leads the group by seven points from Scotland, which beat Austria 1-0 to move up to second in the group.
Depending on results elsewhere, Denmark could guarantee first place and a qualifying spot in its October 9 game against Moldova. Denmark beat Moldova 8-0 in their previous meeting.
In Other games of the day, Scotland managed to beat Austria in Vienna thanks to a 30th-minute penalty from Lyndon Dykes, awarded for a foul on Che Adams following video review. Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon kept his team ahead with a superb save to deny Christoph Baumgartner at a corner in the 79th. The Austrian crowd booed the team at the final whistle.
Finishing second in Group F would give Scotland a playoff spot and a shot at reaching its first World Cup since 1998.
The Faeroe Islands beat Moldova 2-1.
(With AP inputs)