FOR Denmark this was a stroll within the Parken.
A simple summer season night’s stroll in fantastic, fantastic Copenhagen.
Maehle steers within the killer second purpose within the house of a minute
For Scotland it was a plodding slog in Denmark’s capital.
Blunderful, blunderful for Steve Clarke on this World Cup qualification defeat.
Two objectives conceded within the house of a first-half minute.
There was no means again for Clarke’s facet after that.
Kenny McLean is unable to cease occasions going towards Scotland on the Parken Stadium
However it virtually felt like this consequence was on the playing cards earlier than a ball was even kicked.
Harm name offs and Covid chaos did the Scotland boss no favours along with his squad decimated earlier than even arriving right here.
But the Tartan Military watching at dwelling will possibly nonetheless really feel their supervisor didn’t make issues simpler for himself both.
When it got here to his staff choice Clarke’s choices have been clearly extraordinarily restricted.
Having misplaced a minimum of seven gamers from his unique squad it was no straightforward line-up to choose. Or predict.
The lack of Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson hardly made the supervisor’s job any simpler.
Denmark have been additionally with out eight of their prime males, let’s not neglect.
However whereas they nonetheless had 12 substitutes sitting on their bench, Scotland solely had eight.
But Clarke’s critics will say he was nonetheless responsible of over-thinking issues.
Andy Robertson at wing-back is a job the Liverpool star has come accustomed to in a Scotland shirt. However on the left.
Right here he was handed the armband as skipper on his forty ninth cap and requested to begin over on the appropriate.
Clarke was possibly hoping his skilled captain would have the ability to address the specter of Maehle given the dynamic Dane’s expertise at getting ahead and chopping inside off that flank.
However for Robertson the duty was simpler stated than executed. Like so usually in a darkish blue jersey, he lined himself in little glory.
In equity, by means of, he wasn’t the one one.
Denmark are a prime class facet, so let’s get that proper.
Within the likes of Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen and Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard they’ve correct European class gamers.
They made Clarke’s gamers look abnormal compared in a dire first-half.
Conceding as soon as early on was unhealthy sufficient for Scotland. Dropping a second purpose inside 60 seconds was simply abysmal.
However that was the upshot because the ball flew previous Craig Gordon twice in fast succession the 14th and fifteenth minutes.
Daniel Wass ran off Kieran Tierney for the opener
The Danes’ first was scored by Daniel Wass who timed his run into the field completely to get on the tip of a diagonal ball from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Kieran Tierney fully misplaced the Valencia star and was caught on the blindside. Wass simply needed to nod the ball on the right track to attain and he was by no means going to overlook.
The Parken Stadium erupted however their supporters hadn’t even returned to their sears earlier than they have been celebrating once more.
This time the sensational Damsgaard flicked a cute ball into the field which was managed by Maehl on the run earlier than he slid the ball by means of Gordon’s legs.
It was devastating from Denmark.
There was a lot vitality of their play with Kasper Hjulmand’s facet pumped up and raring to go everywhere in the pitch.
Scotland simply couldn’t get going.
Billy Gilmour is likely one of the largest skills in English soccer for his capability to dictate play with the ball at his toes.
However he was constantly bypassed with far too many hopeful balls performed up prime to striker Che Adams.
Steve Clarke had his work minimize out
Denmark No1 Kasper Schmeichel actually didn’t have a single save to make within the first-half and barely touched the ball.
Clarke needed to change issues at half-time and in equity he did.
Centre-back Scott McKenna was taken off and changed with striker Lyndon Dykes in an alteration which allowed Robertson to shift again into his extra pure place on the left.
Ryan Fraser moved to the appropriate with Tierney dropping again into the guts of defence.
There was out of the blue a greater form to the staff.
However nothing was going to enhance for Scotland whereas they continued to move the ball so poorly.
There needed to be higher high quality in possession if Denmark have been going to be put below any stress in any way.
However there have been particular indicators of enchancment.
Gilmour begins to get on the ball and confirmed glimpses of his class in moments when he dropped the shoulder to get out of tight conditions after which burst ahead.
The Danes have a good time
If anybody within the staff can maintain their head excessive this morning then it’s the wee man.
He had a shot from the sting of the field which flashed previous Schmeichel’s right-hand put up.
Shortly after that Robertson burst ahead and bought so far as the Danish field earlier than pondering twice about taking pictures on his weaker proper foot and the prospect was gone.
With a snug two-goal lead Denmark have been enjoying in second gear, although.
They bought themselves right into a state of affairs the place they didn’t must exert themselves an excessive amount of.
Thomas Delaney had a shot which Gordon did properly to save lots of however the dwelling facet have been extra happy with protecting the ball than inflicting any extra injury.
That stated, Scotland might have made issues fascinating with ten minutes to go had Fraser been in a position to beat Schmeichel when an opportunity got here his means contained in the field.
It was an actual alternative to tug a purpose again.
However Fraser’s side-footed shot low to the Leicester star’s proper introduced an excellent cease from him as he clawed the ball across the put up and out for a nook.
It was simply too little too late from Scotland who should now increase their recreation significantly towards Moldova at Hampden on Saturday.
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