Højbjerg secures Euro 2020 qualification

By SFC Media Mon 18 Nov International
Photo by Getty Images | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg celebrated reaching Euro 2020 after helping Denmark secure a priceless 1-1 draw in Dublin against Republic of Ireland.

Højbjerg ended up playing a more significant role than perhaps he expected, entering the action as a 13th minute substitute after an early injury to midfielder Thomas Delaney.

Chances were at a premium in a cagey contest between two nations who have met six times in the last two years, but the Danes made the vital breakthrough 17 minutes from time when ex-Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite pounced to score.

An Ireland win would have secured their place in next summer’s tournament at Denmark’s expense, but Matt Doherty’s equaliser proved too little too late for the hosts, who must now rely on the play-off route instead.

Elsewhere, it was also a productive night for Kevin Danso, who struck the only goal of the game as Austria Under-21s won 1-0 in Hungary.

The Saints defender captained his country to victory in the friendly, as both sides took time out of their European Championship qualifying campaigns.

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