Mail track

Denmark 2-0 Austria: Stars in the wind as Danes get back on track | UEFA Nations League

Jonas Wind scored one goal and set up the other as Denmark cruised to victory over Austria in Copenhagen.

Key moments

21′ The wind puts Denmark in the lead
37′ Skov Olsen takes second place
86′ Eriksen hits the post

Match in brief: Denmark back on top

Austria got off to a fast start and were almost within 20 seconds, but it was as good as they got in the first half. Denmark showed their pressure when Joakim Mæhle broke away on the left and pulled the ball back for Wind to score.



Andreas Skov Olsen celebrates the second goalAPA/AFP via Getty Images

Wind then turned provider when he played with Andreas Skov Olsen to take second place from Denmark before the break.

Denmark continued to control the second half, but clean chances were rare, and although Austria had their moments, they failed to test Kasper Schmeichel properly as the Danes secured a comfortable victory. It might even have been more comfortable, with Heinz Lindner fending off a shot from the late Christian Eriksen against the post.

It happened: Denmark 2-0 Austria


Reaction

Denmark striker Jonas Wind speaking to TV2: “We stormed out of the blocks, pushed them and created a lot of chances. We got carried away by the fans. It was a cool way to end the season.”

Gernot Trauner, defender of Austria, speaking to Sky Sports: “We were a bit too naive when we conceded the goals. If you have the ball yourself and play from the back, it’s impossible for them to play a long ball and shoot on goal five seconds later. It happened two or three times in the first half, otherwise it was pretty good.”

Kasper Hjulmand greets the fans at the final whistle


Kasper Hjulmand greets the fans at the final whistleRitzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Ima

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand speaking to TV2: “We’re in a really good place and again we got to see something new and try some things.”

Key statistics

  • Denmark beat Austria for the fifth consecutive time.
  • The Danes have drawn just one of their last 30 international matches.
  • Denmark had failed to score in four of their last five UEFA Nations League home games.
  • Austria had won their last five away matches in the UEFA Nations League.

Alignments

Denmark: Schmeichel; Kristensen, Andersen (Nelsson 62), Christensen, Boilesen; Skov Olsen (Billing 46), Højbjerg, Jensen (Eriksen 76), Mæhle (Stryger 49); Wind, Cornelius (Braithwaite 46).

Austria: Lindner; Trimmel, Trauner, Danso, Wimmer (Onisiwo 46); Lázaro (Lainer 46), X Schlager (Laimer 46), Seiwald, Sabitzer; Kaladjdzic (Arnautović 65), Weimann (Gregoritsch 65).

What happens after the UEFA Nations League group stage?



The four League A group winners will advance to the knockout finals with, in principle, one named as host. The semi-finals will be played on June 14 and 15, 2023 with the final and third-place play-off following on June 18.

Teams finishing fourth in the League A groups will be relegated to League B for the 2024/25 edition.