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Hareide era: 2016 to today- New coach Åge Hareide led the Danish campaign in the qualifying phase. Denmark, which was ranked 24th in the FIFA World Ranking at the time of the draw, joined Group E alongside Poland, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia and Kazakhstan. Despite early defeats by Poland and Montenegro, the Danes rallied, securing second place in the group and a berth in the play-offs, with a 1-0 away to Montenegro. Denmark was rewarded for second place with a play-off against the Republic of Ireland. Denmark secured the qualification with a 5-1 victory at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, including a hat-trick by Christian Eriksen, who contributed to his record of eight goals in qualifying.
Denmark were placed in Pot 3 before the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw. They were drawn next to Australia, Peru and the eventual champions France in Group C. Their campaign in Russia began in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk against the CONMEBOL team in Peru. A goal from Yussuf Poulsen in the second half secured the Dane three points, so they were well prepared for qualifying from the group. They fought against Australia in their second draw, however, when Christian Eriksen's early goal was canceled by a VAR-fined penalty converted by Mile Jedinak, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Denmark secured the qualification in the last group match and played in the Luzhniki Stadium against France a limping goalless draw, the only such game of the entire tournament. a result in which both teams made progress.
Denmark met Croatia in the first knockout round, with the Croatians claiming victory in Group D with three wins in a row. Mathias Jørgensen scored the lead for Denmark in the first minute of the match, but Mario Mandzukic equalized just three minutes later, leaving the teams equaling one goal per capita. The game remained 1-1 after ninety minutes, which required a thirty-minute extension, but the teams did not break, as Luka Modric saw goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel save his late penalty. As such, the draw with a penalty shoot-out was decided in which Schmeichel and his Croatian counterpart Danijel Subašić positioned on the line and threatened five penalties. Although Schmeichel scored two saves, it was Croatia that continued to develop as Subašić saved three saves from Eriksen, Lasse Schöne and Nicolai Jørgensen. Ivan Rakitić scored the decisive penalty for the elimination of the Danes, ending their best World Cup season since 2002, when they retired at the same time.
After the World Cup, Denmark prepared to participate in the first replay of the UEFA Nations League after having played in Serie B against Wales and the Republic of Ireland draw. The tournament offers an alternative qualification route for the European Championship and increases the number of competitive matches for international teams that replace friendly matches.
Due to a dispute with the players' union over the commercial rights of the players , the Danish Football Association named a totally unlimited team consisting of a mix of futsal players and players of the Danish 2nd Division and the Denmark Series (the Danish national team) 3rd and 3rd The fourth league of Danish football) instead of the regular team against Slovakia in a friendly match before the League of Nations, and it was feared that the same squad would be used for the competitive match against Wales. The dispute arose because of the image rights of the players, where Hummel had the exclusive right to manufacture and market Danish kits. The DBU wanted to use individual players in their advertising without explicit permission. Hareide would also not be involved, as the team instead falls under the temporary leadership of John Jensen, with Hasse Kuhn acting as deputy manager. The Danish association is currently in a four-year probationary period with UEFA for having lost a qualifying match for the Women's World Cup against Sweden in 2017 due to a similar dispute with the women's team . Another offense could result in Denmark being banned from participating in the 2018-19 UEFA European Championship or the European Championship 2020. After a temporary agreement made it possible for the regulars to return, the Danes won their first Nations League match 2: 0
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