Preview - Ireland vs Denmark 15 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 14, 2017, 10:43 PM

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Ireland vs Denmark

After a dull goalless draw in the first leg, a score draw will be enough to send the Danes through.

Denmark are ranked seven spots above Ireland, and could have brought a healthy lead to Dublin. Credits have to be given to Ireland keeper Darren Randolph, who frustrated the Danes with a string of saves.

Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney has described the state of play in the first 90 minutes, saying that breaking the Irish down was like attempting to "open a can of baked beans with your bare hands".

Ireland will have Hull City David Meyler back in the fold after missing the first leg through suspension. A major selection problem comes in the form of who will lead the Irish attack. Head coach Martin O'Neill must decide between Daryl Murphy and the more nimble Shane Long.

Denmark are at full strength and will have to rely on former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner to get the goals. But the Irish would certainly know where the danger will come from. And that's Christian Eriksen. Any quality delivery from him could change the destiny of the tie.


Match Stats:

  • Ireland 1-5 Denmark
  • Shots: 10-18
  • Possession: 43%-57%
  • Corner kicks: 3-7

The Republic of Ireland failed to reach the World Cup as Christian Eriksen's hat-trick gave Denmark an emphatic victory in the play-off to reach Russia 2018.

After a goalless first leg, the hosts made the perfect start by scoring after just six minutes as defender Shane Duffy nodded in his second international goal when the visitors failed to clear a free-kick.

But the Danes netted twice in the space of three first-half minutes, courtesy of Cyrus Christie's own goal and Eriksen's stunning strike.

That left the Republic - who could have gone further ahead after taking the lead, but saw striker Daryl Murphy flick an effort into the side netting and winger James McClean drive wide following a slick team move - needing to score twice more to qualify.

But in the second half Tottenham midfielder Eriksen curled in from the edge of the box and then thumped in from inside the area to secure his treble and seal the tie.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner came on with six minutes to go and slotted a late penalty after he was brought down as Denmark, who failed to qualify for Brazil 2014, booked their trip to Russia next year.

Hat-trick scorer Eriksen said: "It's an incredible feeling. We've been fighting for so long to get to the World Cup. We are very much looking forward to it. It's not often I score any hat-trick so of course it is incredible.

"I know how nervous I was all day and night. We got the ball, we played better than the first game."

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