October 17, 2018 / 12:46 AM / a month ago

Soccer - Lerager opens Denmark account in friendly win over Austria

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Denmark v Austria - MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark - October 16, 2018 - Denmark's Lukas Lerager, Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg and Jonas Knudsen celebrate. Ritzau Scanpix/Bo Amstrup via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Denmark midfielder Lukas Lerager scored his first international goal and Martin Braithwaite added a late second late to wrap up a 2-0 win over Austria in a friendly in Midtjylland on Tuesday.

With playmaker Christian Eriksen still injured, Lerager slotted in on the right side of a three-man midfield for his first start in his sixth international and scored just before the half-hour, combining with Pione Sisto before firing home.

The hosts created a slew of chances but were forced onto the back foot in the second half as Austria had several opportunities of their own from set pieces but could not find a way past Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Instead, it was home forward Martin Braithwaite whose superb dribble and shot in stoppage time secured the victory.

Writing by Philip O'Connor; editing by Ken Ferris

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