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2022 World Cup Qualifying - UEFA, Group Stage
  • Andreas Skov Olsen (23')
  • Simon Kjaer (34' PEN)
  • Christian Norgaard (39')
  • Joakim Maehle (44')

Dominant Denmark dismantle Moldova in 4-0 win

Andreas Skov Olsen grabbed one goal and created two others as Denmark scored four times in a dominant first-half display to thrash Moldova 4-0 in their World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday.

Winger Olsen opened the scoring for Denmark, who lost to England in their Euro 2020 semifinal, in the 23rd minute, rifling the ball home from a tight angle after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit a post and the home side failed to clear.

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Ten minutes later Olsen's attempted cross was handled in the box by Denis Marandici, and captain Simon Kjaer fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner for a rare international goal in his 116th appearance.

The 21-year-old Olsen then drilled a corner to the back post for Christian Norgaard to bundle home his first international goal to make it 3-0 in the 39th minute, and full-back Joakim Maehle added a fourth just before half-time.

There was little let-up in the second half as the Danes continued to pour forward without adding to their goal tally, and the home side did not manage to fashion a single effort on goal during a torrid 90 minutes.

The win leaves Denmark top of Group F with 21 points from a perfect seven wins from seven and no goals conceded, with a seven-point lead over second-placed Scotland. Moldova are bottom of the six-team group with one point.