September 22, 2021

Denmark 2 Scotland 0 – Strict lessons from Steve Clark as Vaas and Mehle apologize and punish short-handed Scots

For Denmark, it was a walk in the park.

A nice summer evening walk in the wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.

Mehla scored the killer's second goal a minute later.

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Mehla scored the killer’s second goal a minute later.

For Scotland, it was a passionate slogan in the Danish capital.

Wrong, wrong for Steve Clarke in this World Cup qualifying defeat.

Two goals were scored in the first half minute.

There was no way back to Clarke after that.

Kenny McLane is unable to stop the events against Scotland at Parkin Stadium.

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Kenny McLane is unable to stop the events against Scotland at Parkin Stadium.

But it was as if the result was on the cards before a single ball was kicked.

Injury call-offs and cowardly chaos did not help the Scottish boss finish his squad before he arrived here.

Still, Tartan Army may be watching at home, perhaps realizing that his manager has not made things easy for himself.

Clarke’s options were clearly limited when it came to choosing his team.

It was not easy to pick him after losing less than seven players from his original squad. Or make a prediction.

The losses of Scott McTomney, John McGinn, Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Petersen made it difficult for the manager.

Denmark was also without its top eight men, let’s not forget.

But while they had 12 alternatives on the bench, Scotland had only eight.

Yet Clark’s critics say he was still guilty of over-thinking.

In Wingback, Andy Robertson is a character who has become accustomed to the Liverpool star Scotland shirt. But on the left.

Here he was given the armband as captain on his 49th hat and asked to start from the right.

Clarke was probably hoping that his experienced captain would be able to deal with the threat of a mansion because of Dean’s dynamic ability to move forward and cut that part.

But it was much easier for Robertson to do. Like most dark blue jerseys, he covered himself in a little glory.

In fairness, by the way, he was not the only one.

Denmark is a top class side, so let’s fix that.

Like Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen and Sampdoria’s McCall Demsgard, they have the right European class.

He made Clarke’s players look normal compared to the terrible first half.

It was bad enough for Scotland to admit it once before. Losing the second goal in 60 seconds was just annoying.

But the result was that the ball flew behind Craig Gordon twice in the 14th and 15th minutes.

Daniel Vass ran Karen Terni for the opener.

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Daniel Vass ran Karen Terni for the opener.

Danes’ first goal was scored by Daniel Vass, who put his run into the box at the end of Pierre Emil Hodgsburg’s inverted ball.

Karen Terney lost the Valencia star completely and was caught on the blind side. Vaas just had to move the ball to the goal to score and he was never going to miss.

Parkin Stadium erupted, but his supporters did not return until after the celebrations.

This time the sensational Dames Guard threw a cute ball into the box which Mahal controlled on the run before the ball slipped from Gordon’s legs.

It was devastating from Denmark.

There was so much energy in his game that Caspar Hajelmand’s side was pumped and he had to run to get the whole pitch.

Couldn’t go to Scotland yet.

Billy Glamor is one of the greatest talents in English football, having the ability to play ball with his feet.

But he was constantly bypassed with very optimistic balls that were played over striker Chi Adams.

Steve Clark finished his work.

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Steve Clark finished his work.

Denmark No. 1 Caspar Schmeichel had no savings in the first half and barely touched the ball.

Clark had to change things in half the time and he did it fairly.

Striker London Dykes was replaced by center-back Scott McKenna and Robertson returned to his natural position on the left.

Ryan Fraser moved to the right as Terney landed back into the heart of the defense.

Suddenly a better shape emerged in the team.

But nothing was getting better for Scotland as they kept passing the ball so poorly.

If Denmark was to be put under any pressure, it should have had a better standard of possession.

But there were definite signs of improvement.

Glamor started to get on the ball and showed a glimpse of his class in moments when he dropped his shoulder to get out of a tough situation and then burst forward.

Dean celebrates.

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Dean celebrates.

If anyone on the team can keep their head up this morning, this is the little guy.

He had a shot from the edge of the box that went through Schmeichel’s right-hand post.

Shortly afterwards, Robertson stepped forward and reached the Danish box before thinking twice about shooting at his weak right foot, and missed the opportunity.

Although Denmark was playing in second gear with a two-goal lead.

They put themselves in a situation where they didn’t have to work very hard.

Thomas Delaney had a shot that Gordon did well to save but the home side were more satisfied with the ball than with the damage.

That said, Scotland could have made things interesting with ten minutes if they had beaten Fraser Schmeichel when the opportunity came inside the box.

It was a real chance to score a goal.

But Fraser’s side foot shot to the right of the Leicester star made a great stop for him as he bowled the ball around the post and into a corner.

It was too late for Scotland, who now have to step up their game against Moldova in Hampden on Saturday.


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Lennon Miller of Scotland Youth International scored from his own half in his Under-16 debut against England.

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