Preview - Denmark vs Rep. of Ireland 12 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 11, 2017, 09:47 PM

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Denmark vs Rep. of Ireland

Denmark have lost just one of their last eight home matches although Ireland are equally impressive on the road, with a run of six games without defeat.

Ireland are aiming to make the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002 while Denmark's last appearance was in 2010.
Shane Long could be the lone man to lead the Irish attack, while Denmark have the in-form Christian Eriksen in their ranks.

The Tottenham man is aiming to make it a third international tournament of his career, after getting to the 2010 World Cup as an 18-year-old and then playing in the Euros two years later.

Denmark are 19th in the world rankings and six places above their play-off opponents so O'Neill believes victory in the play-off would rank alongside his best achievements as Republic of Ireland manager.

"As far as we're concerned qualifying for the Euros was a great achievement for us, and we thought that some of the performances were great," said O'Neill.

"Getting there is big but the World Cup is something else as well so if we could make it it would be fantastic and obviously our opponents will feel the same as well."


Match Stats:

  • Denmark 0-0 Rep. of Ireland
  • Shots: 14-8
  • Possession: 72%-28%
  • Corner kicks: 5-2

Martin O'Neill says his Republic of Ireland side have it "all to play for" in Dublin on Tuesday after they claimed a goalless draw in the first leg of the World Cup play-off with Denmark.

O'Neill's side had just 28% of possession in Copenhagen but were well-organised and disciplined as they frustrated the home side.

Denmark had chances but a combination of their poor finishing and impressive saves from Darren Randolph ensured O'Neill's side will start the second leg on level terms.

The visitors' only clear opportunity saw Kasper Schmeichel save Cyrus Christie's attempted chip before Jeff Hendrick's follow-up was blocked.

"It was a tough evening and the players did splendidly," said O'Neill. "We've come out the other side and it's all to play for. We'll have to win a game and we might have to score a couple because Denmark are capable of scoring.

"They had one really great chance. Overall we restricted them. An away goal would have been great but we didn't carve out that many chances. We need to be more creative [in Dublin]. We're still in the tie."

The Republic of Ireland are aiming to make their first appearance at a World Cup finals since Japan and Korea in 2002, when Mick McCarthy's side reached the last 16.

The second leg of the play-off for a place in Russia next summer is at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday.

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