Denmark destroys Irish World Cup hopes with 5-1 win in Dublin

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:47:42 AM. It's been a great 24 hours for Scandinavian football — first Sweden eliminated Italy to reach the World Cup finals and now a Christian Eriksen hat-trick sees Denmark beat the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.
Photo: Christian Eriksen's hat-trick saw Denmark claim a World Cup berth with a 5-1 win over the Republic of Ireland. (AP: Peter Morrison) Denmark has thrashed the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in Dublin to clinch a spot in next year's World Cup finals after their play-off second leg. The first leg in Copenhagen was a defensive struggle resulting in a goal-less draw, and many predicted a similar contest in Dublin. But within six minutes, the Irish were ahead. The home side earned a free-kick, and sent the ball forward into the Danish box. A defender flailed at it to clear, but sent it towards goal, and Shane Duffy outleaped Kasper Schmeichel to nod the ball home. Needing to score to keep their hopes alive, the Danes put fierce pressure on Ireland's right, targeting Cyrus Christie. The Irish right-back was burned a couple of times by Denmark attacks, but the Irish managed to keep the ball out. Darren Randolph in the Irish goal was forced to make a couple of fine saves from William Kvist and Pione Sisto, but the tempo was increasing. Ireland could have had a second, when they broke on the counter, and Christie's cross was sent into the side netting by Daryl Murphy. As the game remained very open, Ireland broke down the left wing, and Robbie Brady slid a pass to put James McLean through, but his shot ran just wide of the far post from a narrow angle. Photo: Denmark were far too strong for the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, winning 5-1 to clinch a World Cup spot. (AP: Peter...Read more
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