Harder skippered Denmark to their sixth successive win in the qualifiers after comfortably defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 this afternoon. The Blues forward and her Danish team have a maximum 18 points as they target qualification for the European Championships, which take place in England in two years’ time.
Our new No.23 played the whole game on the right-hand side of a front three in a 3-4-3 system. Although Denmark completely dominated the entire match, having 30 attempts to their opponents’ one, it took them until the 37th minute to find an opener, but then two more goals followed in a matter of minutes.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Nadia Nadim broke the deadlock when she calmly converted a penalty given for a foul and six minutes later Sanne Troelsgaard of FC Rosengard rifled an effort from the edge of the area that beat the Bosnian keeper. The third came in added time as Rikke Sevecke, who plays her football for Everton, rose above her marker to powerfully head home a looping corner. Midfielder Nanna Christianse completed the scoring in the 90th minute.
Denmark now travel to Malta for their next qualifier on Tuesday. Melanie Leupolz and Germany play Republic of Ireland on Saturday and then meet Montenegro three days later. Norwegian Blues Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten will come up against Sophie Ingle’s Wales on Tuesday also.