Denmark ran out comfortable winners at the Telia Parken Stadium this evening, as braces from Robert Skov and Christian Eriksen helped them on the way to a 6-0 victory against Gibraltar.
The brace from the Hoffenheim and Spurs playmakers, as well as goals from Lech Poznan’s Christian Gytkjaer and Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite ensured the Danes ran out comfortable winners, ahead of their must-win encounter in Dublin vs Ireland on Monday night.
The hosts looked to control the game from the off but a nervy backpass from Simon Kjaer to Kasper Schmeichel led to a Gibraltar corner which was wasted.
Denmark continued to keep hold of the ball and took the lead in the 12th minute through a scruffy shot from Robert Skov – the wet conditions benefiting the hosts in the build-up to the goal.
Two minutes later and Jayce Olivero picked up the first yellow card of the game – Robert Skov stepped up and blasted his free-kick over the crossbar. Another threatening attack from the hosts saw Mathias Jorgensen come in at the back post and direct his header onto the crossbar. Olivero’s booking means he misses Monday’s match vs Switzerland through suspension, after accumulating three cards in seven group games.
Goldwin prevented Denmark from doubling their lead in the 23rd minute, pulling off a fantastic low save from Christian Gytkjar’s shot. A few minutes later Joseph Chipolina was booked for what looked to be dissent seeing as the defender hadn’t fouled anyone beforehand.
Liam Walker delivered a free-kick into the box which was flicked on by one of the Gibraltar players and brought out a superb save from Kasper Schmeichel but the linesman had put up his flag for offside.
Denmark went into the break leading Gibraltar 1-0.
Two minutes into the second half and Denmark made it 2-0, Christian Gytkjaer capitalised on a misjudgement from Kyle Goldwin to tap the ball into an empty net.
51 minutes in and Denmark made it 3-0 thanks to Martin Braithwaite scoring from a loose ball in the box. Robert Skov got his second of the game and Denmark’s fourth on the 64th minute.
Julio Ribas used all his three substitutions in the space of six minutes with Erin Barnett, Andrew Hernandez & Reece Styche replacing Aymen Mouelhi, Mohamed Badr & Tjay De Barr.
Christian Eriksen got in on the act, scoring a fifth via a deflected effort with just over five minutes remaining in the game, before the classy Tottenham midfielder tapped in a sixth with literally the last kick of the game to repeat the scoreline from the two team’s match at Victoria Stadium in September.