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VIDEO: Denmark's Thomas Delaney scores spectacular scorpion kick


A videograb shows Thomas Delaney scoring an audacious scorpion kick.

Danish footballer Thomas Delaney scores what fans have described as an "outrageous" goal during a training session ahead of a World Cup qualifier in Austria. The so-called "scorpion kick" gets its name from the player's resemblance to a scorpion's tail while performing the move.

Denmark could become the first European team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup at this pace.

An impressive 4-0 win in Austria on Wednesday made it a perfect three wins for the Danes in Group F after the first week of the campaign.

Europe’s top-scoring team has netted 14 goals so far — and none by playmaker Christian Eriksen - without allowing an opponent to score against goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

"(Schmeichel) didn’t have a single (save) here or in Israel," Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand told broadcaster Kanal 5. "That’s convincing. That’s strong.”

Denmark is already four points clear, routing Moldova 8-0 between solid away wins against two teams, Israel and Austria, who started last week with realistic hopes of contending. The group runner-up enters a playoff round next year.

Denmark's next opponent in Copenhagen on Sept. 1 is Scotland, which rose to second place in the standings after beating the Faeroe Islands, also by 4-0.

Austria’s players began the evening holding up a long banner that read "Protect Human Rights” while their national anthem played.

They contained Denmark in the first half then were swept away by four goals in a 16-minute spell midway through the second half.

The 21-year-old forward Andreas Olsen scored twice soon after coming on as a substitute to bookend strikes by defender Joakim Maehle and midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Højbjerg’s shot into an unguarded net got a spectacular assist from Martin Braithwaite. The Barcelona forward let the ball run on untouched while leaping to hurdle a wild sliding challenge by Austria goalkeeper Alexander Schlager far outside the penalty area.


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