Pernille Harder of Denmark and Demi Stokes of England England Women v Denmark Women International Freindly football match, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, UK - 25 May 2019 Photo: Eddie Keogh for The FA

Chelsea forward will edge closer to Danish record with goals against Isreal

Chelsea forward Pernille Harder will move closer to becoming Denmark’s all-time record goalscorer should she find the back of the net against Isreal in her nation’s latest UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifier in Viborg tomorrow afternoon.

The 27-year-old goal machine in currently sat on 62 goals for her country, just three goals short of Merete Pedersen’s record of 65.

Harder could even be celebrating at least equalling the record with three goals or more against Isreal, a side who are ranked 51 places below Denmark in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. That potential feat is far from a forgone conclusion with Isreal having conceded 11 goals in six qualifying matches which includes a 3-0 home defeat to the Danes in September 2019 in which Harder scored.

Denmark have netted an astonishing 41 goals in qualifying to date, the highest tally of any nation while Harder’s efforts have accounted for six of those goals. Lars Sondergaard’s side hit 14 goals without reply against Georgia in their last home qualifier with Harder netting a hat-trick.

Former Denmark forward Pedersen’s goalscoring record has stood for 11 years. The player netted her 65 goals in 136 games at senior level. Harder is just three goals short of the record while the Chelsea forward has played 16 games less than Pedersen so far.

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