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Everton dealt double blow after they fail to overturn Oumar Niasse ban and are fined £27,000 for Europa League brawl

Everton have been dealt a double disciplinary blow after Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be banned for diving and the club were fined almost £27,000 over a brawl involving players and fans - including a father holding his young son. Niasse was suspended for two matches under new rules to stamp out play-acting from the game after being found guilty by a Football Association independent regulatory commission of committing a ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ to win a fifth-minute penalty in his club’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday. At almost exactly the same time, Everton were fined €30,000 (£26,613) by Uefa for the behaviour of their fans during last month’s Europa League defeat to Lyon, which saw fans aim punches at players and led to a lifetime ban for one supporter who did so while clutching his son. The loss of Niasse for their trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham United three days later will be felt more keenly by the club, especially after the 27 year-old denied the charge imposed on him on Tuesday. Everton said they were “disappointed” with the verdict but that they and Niasse accepted the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing and would make further comment once they received the commission’s written reasons for its decision. Niasse had been accused after Saturday’s match of having “conned” referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants by Palace defender Scott Dann, who had been penalised for leaning into the striker as he was running in the box. “He probably knows he has conned them,” Dann said. “It definitely wasn’t a pen. It is a poor decision, I was shocked the referee gave it. He was adamant it was a penalty and after, at half-time, he probably knew it was a wrong call.” Niasse denied diving and said he would be “shocked” to be charged. “The contact was on my upper body and when I heard the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick. “I went down because of the contact. The referee can give the penalty or if he didn’t give it also, I will understand. If you watch the video you can understand there is contact.” Oumar Niasse is accused of conning the referee Credit: GETTY IMAGES Niasse was the third Premier League player to have faced trial by video after being accused of diving to win a penalty. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both escaped being charged last month after separate three-strong panels, which examined incidents involving them, did not deem them - unanimously at least - to have deceived the referee. The only two players previously found guilty of the offence and banned were Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller over the award of a penalty and Bristol City’s Bailey Wright over the sending-off of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, whose red card was also rescinded.

Everton dealt double blow after they fail to overturn Oumar Niasse ban and are fined £27,000 for Europa League brawl

Everton have been dealt a double disciplinary blow after Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be banned for diving and the club were fined almost £27,000 over a brawl involving players and fans - including a father holding his young son. Niasse was suspended for two matches under new rules to stamp out play-acting from the game after being found guilty by a Football Association independent regulatory commission of committing a ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ to win a fifth-minute penalty in his club’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday. At almost exactly the same time, Everton were fined €30,000 (£26,613) by Uefa for the behaviour of their fans during last month’s Europa League defeat to Lyon, which saw fans aim punches at players and led to a lifetime ban for one supporter who did so while clutching his son. The loss of Niasse for their trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham United three days later will be felt more keenly by the club, especially after the 27 year-old denied the charge imposed on him on Tuesday. Everton said they were “disappointed” with the verdict but that they and Niasse accepted the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing and would make further comment once they received the commission’s written reasons for its decision. Niasse had been accused after Saturday’s match of having “conned” referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants by Palace defender Scott Dann, who had been penalised for leaning into the striker as he was running in the box. “He probably knows he has conned them,” Dann said. “It definitely wasn’t a pen. It is a poor decision, I was shocked the referee gave it. He was adamant it was a penalty and after, at half-time, he probably knew it was a wrong call.” Niasse denied diving and said he would be “shocked” to be charged. “The contact was on my upper body and when I heard the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick. “I went down because of the contact. The referee can give the penalty or if he didn’t give it also, I will understand. If you watch the video you can understand there is contact.” Oumar Niasse is accused of conning the referee Credit: GETTY IMAGES Niasse was the third Premier League player to have faced trial by video after being accused of diving to win a penalty. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both escaped being charged last month after separate three-strong panels, which examined incidents involving them, did not deem them - unanimously at least - to have deceived the referee. The only two players previously found guilty of the offence and banned were Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller over the award of a penalty and Bristol City’s Bailey Wright over the sending-off of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, whose red card was also rescinded.

Oumar Niasse is first Premier League player charged with 'successful deception of a match official'

Everton are fighting against losing Oumar Niasse to a ban for diving after he became the first Premier League player charged under new rules to eliminate play-acting from the game. The club confirmed they were contesting a charge issued by the Football Association after an expert panel unanimously deemed Niasse to have committed a “successful deception of a match official” to win a penalty in the fifth minute of their 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday. If found guilty by an independent regulatory commission, the 27-year-old will serve a two-match ban and miss Everton’s trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham United three days later. Niasse was accused after Saturday’s match of having “conned” referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants by Palace defender Scott Dann, who had been penalised for leaning into the striker as he was running in the box. Niasse celebrates after scoring Everton's second goal  Credit: Reuters “He probably knows he has conned them,” Dann said. “It definitely wasn’t a pen. It is a poor decision, I was shocked the referee gave it. He was adamant it was a penalty and after, at half-time, he probably knew it was a wrong call.” Niasse denied diving and said he would be “shocked” to be charged. “The contact was on my upper body and when I heard the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick. I went down because of the contact. The referee can give the penalty or if he didn’t give it also, I will understand. If you watch the video you can understand there is contact.” Unsworth shakes Niasse's hand at Selhurst Park Credit: Reuters Niasse is the third Premier League player to have faced trial by video after being accused of diving to win a penalty. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both escaped being charged last month after separate three-strong panels that examined incidents involving them did not deem - unanimously at least - them to have deceived the referee. The only two players to have been found guilty of the offence and banned are Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller over the award of a penalty and Bristol City’s Bailey Wright over the sending-off of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara.

Oumar Niasse is first Premier League player charged with 'successful deception of a match official'

Everton are fighting against losing Oumar Niasse to a ban for diving after he became the first Premier League player charged under new rules to eliminate play-acting from the game. The club confirmed they were contesting a charge issued by the Football Association after an expert panel unanimously deemed Niasse to have committed a “successful deception of a match official” to win a penalty in the fifth minute of their 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday. If found guilty by an independent regulatory commission, the 27-year-old will serve a two-match ban and miss Everton’s trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham United three days later. Niasse was accused after Saturday’s match of having “conned” referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants by Palace defender Scott Dann, who had been penalised for leaning into the striker as he was running in the box. Niasse celebrates after scoring Everton's second goal  Credit: Reuters “He probably knows he has conned them,” Dann said. “It definitely wasn’t a pen. It is a poor decision, I was shocked the referee gave it. He was adamant it was a penalty and after, at half-time, he probably knew it was a wrong call.” Niasse denied diving and said he would be “shocked” to be charged. “The contact was on my upper body and when I heard the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick. I went down because of the contact. The referee can give the penalty or if he didn’t give it also, I will understand. If you watch the video you can understand there is contact.” Unsworth shakes Niasse's hand at Selhurst Park Credit: Reuters Niasse is the third Premier League player to have faced trial by video after being accused of diving to win a penalty. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both escaped being charged last month after separate three-strong panels that examined incidents involving them did not deem - unanimously at least - them to have deceived the referee. The only two players to have been found guilty of the offence and banned are Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller over the award of a penalty and Bristol City’s Bailey Wright over the sending-off of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara.

Oumar Niasse is first Premier League player charged with 'successful deception of a match official'

Everton are fighting against losing Oumar Niasse to a ban for diving after he became the first Premier League player charged under new rules to eliminate play-acting from the game. The club confirmed they were contesting a charge issued by the Football Association after an expert panel unanimously deemed Niasse to have committed a “successful deception of a match official” to win a penalty in the fifth minute of their 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday. If found guilty by an independent regulatory commission, the 27-year-old will serve a two-match ban and miss Everton’s trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham United three days later. Niasse was accused after Saturday’s match of having “conned” referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants by Palace defender Scott Dann, who had been penalised for leaning into the striker as he was running in the box. Niasse celebrates after scoring Everton's second goal  Credit: Reuters “He probably knows he has conned them,” Dann said. “It definitely wasn’t a pen. It is a poor decision, I was shocked the referee gave it. He was adamant it was a penalty and after, at half-time, he probably knew it was a wrong call.” Niasse denied diving and said he would be “shocked” to be charged. “The contact was on my upper body and when I heard the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick. I went down because of the contact. The referee can give the penalty or if he didn’t give it also, I will understand. If you watch the video you can understand there is contact.” Unsworth shakes Niasse's hand at Selhurst Park Credit: Reuters Niasse is the third Premier League player to have faced trial by video after being accused of diving to win a penalty. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both escaped being charged last month after separate three-strong panels that examined incidents involving them did not deem - unanimously at least - them to have deceived the referee. The only two players to have been found guilty of the offence and banned are Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller over the award of a penalty and Bristol City’s Bailey Wright over the sending-off of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara.

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5: Sensational Christian Eriksen hat-trick ends Irish World Cup dream

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality. That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.  Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class. Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview. “We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished. “But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal “We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.” Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent. In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year. By the time Ireland play in one, it will have been at least 20 years since their last appearance. An entire generation will have grown up without seeing their country play in the biggest tournament of all. Shane Duffy heads Ireland in front after only six minutes Credit: Getty images Then again, for all of the sense of entitlement in Irish football, the strange assumption they should be playing on the biggest stage, World Cups tend to take place without them. They have only made three, the last of which was in 2002, when they had a squad packed with ­Premier League players. They do not have that luxury anymore, but this was still a huge let down, the sort of anti-climax that turns a party into a wake. They have felt like this before. This was the fourth World Cup play-off they have lost, but this had been their chance to erase those bitter memories to the point of deletion. It had the perfect opening paragraph, Shane Duffy heading Ireland in front from Robbie Brady’s free-kick. Ireland had other chances, a flick from Daryl Murphy almost turned in Cyrus Christie’s cross before James McClean, after a lovely move down the left, was played in behind by Robbie Brady. But, from a tricky angle, he dragged his effort wide of the far post. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) Minutes later, Denmark were level. Harry Arter was beaten too easily from a short corner by Pione Sisto and, although Andreas Christensen sliced his shot against a post, it rebounded in off Christie. A setback turned into a disaster when Stephen Ward was robbed by Yussuf Poulsen. The ball was moved to Eriksen and Denmark’s star player found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Martin O'Neill was unable to change the direction of the game Credit: Reuters Needing two goals in the second half, O’Neill went for broke and ended up broken. Off went Arter and David Meyler – on came Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan. Caution was no longer a viable policy, but he was sending on two attacking players from the Championship, not the Premier League. Eriksen (left) fires in his second goal Credit: getty images Eriksen made full use of the space, curling in a second goal and punishing some poor control from Ward to grab a third. Nicklas Bendtner added a fifth with a penalty. “Eriksen is one of the best players in Europe,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide. “We have seen that against Real Madrid in the Champions League and tonight. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he has this ability to score goals, to make assists and find space, he is a special player. As soon as Ireland gave him space, he hurt them.” 9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

9:34PM Full time - Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark And that's it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home. 9:32PM 90 mins Two minutes to be added on. 9:32PM GOOOOOAAL!! Bendtner makes it five from the spot Bendtner steps up, sends Randolph the wrong way, and makes it 5-1. Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal 9:31PM Penalty to Ireland! Denmark break with Bendnter, and McClean is charging back after him, head down - he really doesn't want another Denmark goal going in. He does well to catch play up, but then, in the most predictable thing ever to happen EVER, he throws himself at the ball and cuts Bentdner down to concede a penalty. What an utterly stupid decision. 9:26PM 85 mins McClean comes in off the right flank and fires at goal from 30 yards and it flies - unsurprisingly - miles over the bar. Out: Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (James McClean, 85 min) 9:25PM 84 mins Nicklas Bendtner is on. Denmark's very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Jorgensen for the final 6 minutes. 9:21PM 80 mins Eriksen wants more - he's released down the right and charges after it but he can only win a corner. 9:19PM 78 mins A decent chance for Long after a straight ball forward from Hoolahan sets him free, but under pressure from Kjaer and Bjelland he can only scoop his shot over the bar. 9:18PM GOOOOOOAAALL! Eriksen hat-trick! It's 3-1 to Denmark It's a horror show for Ward, but it's yet more sheer class from Christian Eriksen, who has his treble. Cornelius lobs a hopeful ball into the Ireland box, Ward leans back and only succeeds in stopping the ball inside his own box - and Eriksen is quickest to react. Ward stops the ball The Spurs man comes steaming in and  slams into the top corner for his hat-trick. Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 73 min) 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

0-0 first leg 9:12PM 71 mins O'Neill responds: it's all or nothing now. Forward Shane Long comes on for centre-back Ciaran Clark. This could get ugly. 9:11PM 70 mins Another change for Denmark. Former Cardiff man Cornelius replaces Poulsen, who got that knock a short while ago. 9:08PM 66 mins Ward gets forward well and drinks a decent cross onto McClean's head but he fires his effort just over. More than half a chance, that. Ireland need a goal soon.  9:07PM Eriksen or Coutinho? I know who I'd choose If Christian Eriksen was Brazilian someone would be bidding £115m.— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 14, 2017 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 63 min) 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

0-0 first leg 9:06PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALL!!!! Ireland 1-3 Denmark (Eriksen) That's it. Christian Eriksen is a class apart from every other player on the pitch, and he has shown it for a second time with another wonderful goal. He has been helped by Martin O'Neill's to play this second half without a defensive midfielder, picking up positions between the lines and he does so again he to extraordinary effect. Listo finds him on the edge of the box after a patient build-up from the Danes, and Eriksen shifts onto his left foot and just brushes a lovely left-footed effort into the corner with Randolph again helpless. Tie over? 9:02PM 60 mins Christie dances past three challenges in an attacking position on the right, but his drilled ball across goal is cleared. Then a combination of McClean and Ward absolutely clatter Poulsen, who needs medical attention.  Shortly after the Denmark fans start greeting each pass with an 'Ole!'. Too early for that, lads. Too early. 9:00PM 57 mins A decent break from Ireland with McClean fouled but a good advantage played, and they have numbers piling forwards, but twice in succession - first Christie, then McGeady - poor crosses let them down. And the second launches a Denmark attack. Duffy flies into a challenge and misses completely, and suddenly Eriksen is away down the left. Pace isn't his greatest asset, and he is caught by Clark, but not before getting a decent shot off that Randolph palms away. Ireland got away with that. McGeady's feather-weak cross there somehow sets up a Danish attack. Have to say that was a baffling substitution.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 14, 2017 8:56PM 55 mins Hoolahan does well to win a corner, which Duffy heads at goal but it's a simple save for Schmeichel. 8:55PM 53 mins Denmark have started this half really well, and are completely dominating possession. The Irish changes have yet to make any difference so far. Sisto stings the fingers of Randolph with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. A change for Denmark: Peter Ankersen replaces Styger Larsen - a defensive move - could that be five at the back now? 8:53PM 51 mins A decent effort from Sisto, who darts in off the left and fires at goal but it is blazed just high and just wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Pione Sisto, 51 min) 8:51PM 50 mins Poulsen wins a high ball forward and flicks it on to Jorgensen. He finds Eriksen, who floats a cross into the centre but Ward does really well to toe-end it away for a corner - which comes to nothing. 8:48PM 47 mins Hoolahan slots in behind Murphy, McGeady goes out to the right. Hendrick and Brady in the middle of the park for the Irish. 8:47PM Double sub for Ireland! O'Neill going for it here! Arter and Meyler are replaced by McGeady and Hoolahan - a really attacking move. Huge 45 minutes coming up. And we're off. 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

0-0 first leg 8:35PM Half time Well, what a half that was, and I doubt many expected that kind of entertainment after the goalless first leg. After going in front, the Republic of Ireland weren't really sure how to approach the rest of the game. Denmark took advantage, swarming forward in numbers as they went after an equaliser, and Ireland crumbled in three minutes that may decide their World Cup fate. It's all to play for but Ireland have an awful lot to do in the second half. Here's the half in graphical form: Shots Republic of Ireland vs Denmark shots on goal Possession Possession: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Average position Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 44 mins The ball breaks for Brady in a central position with space to move into. The crowd sense an opportunity. Ward goes charging outside Brady down the left and Brady slides a pass into his team-mates path, but Christensen does really well to get back first and get a toe in, meaning Ward clatters into him and he wins a free-kick. 8:28PM This could stick Irish Proverb: "That Goal Was Too Early"— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) November 14, 2017 8:27PM 41 mins McClean goes down far, far too easily in the box under the faintest of nudges from Christensen, and he's desperate for a penalty but the referee right waves play away. 8:25PM 40 mins People say his club, Tottenham, are a one-man team. His country might be even more reliant on one man... 12 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 12 goals in the World Cup 2018 qualification process (nine goals, three assists), eight more than any other Denmark player. Leader.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017 8:22PM 36 mins Ireland need to get a foothold back in this game. Denmark are looking confident and in full control, knowing Ireland now need two goals with away goals counting double. There will be no extra time, by the way. 8:20PM GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Ireland 1-2 Denmark (Erisken) Oh dear, Ireland - the game's been turned around in two minutes and Denmark are in front. Robbie Brady tries to take on Poulsen and has possession nicked from him. Poulsen finds Jorgensen, who returns the ball back out to the right where Poulsen has caught up. He reverses back to Jorgensen, who sweeps it out left to Christian Eriksen, and he thunders the ball off the underside of the bar past a helpless Randolph. Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Denmark (Christian Eriksen, 32 min) 8:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Christie own goal) Sisto had a shot from distance deflected over, Eriksen takes the corner short to Sisto, who looks like he's let the chance go by opting not to return the ball to Eriksen. But Sisto stands Arter up, slips the ball through his legs and crosses low and hard. Christensen swings a leg at it and it bounces towards goal - Christie is on the back post but he can't sort his legs out quickly enough, and the ball cannons off the upright, onto the right-back and into the net. So unlucky for him - but Denmark are level. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Denmark (Cyrus Christie, 29 min) 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

0-0 first leg 8:13PM 28 mins Ireland seeing much less of the ball, and playing a much more direct game - but so far, it's working. Here are the passes from the two teams: Republic of Ireland vs Denmark 8:10PM 24 mins What a match this is - James McClean runs onto Brady's through ball after good work with his back to goal by Daryl Murphy. The West Brom winger is clean through but the angle is getting tighter and tighter. He eventually fires off and hits it well enough but just drags it wide. 8:08PM 22 mins So nearly 2-0 to Ireland! And half the ground thought it was in, too! Murphy gets across his man to flick Christie's whipped cross from the right towards goal with the outside of his left boot, but it whistles JUST past Schmeichel's left post. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Daryl Murphy, 22 min) 8:06PM 20 mins Ireland fire a warning on the break, McClean getting clear down the left and squaring for Murphy, but he tries to squirm away from the defender rather than set it back for his arriving team-mate and the move falls apart. 8:05PM 18 mins And another big save! This time Eriksen finds Sisto on the left and his volleyed effort is well hit but straight at the keeper. Ireland retain their lead but pressure is building. 8:04PM 17 mins What an unbelievable save from Randolph! Denmark get Eriksen on the ball for the first time tonight and they construct a move nicely for the first time, too. The ball is worked left and then right, eventually pulled back by Christensen to the edge of the box for Kvist to slam low and hard towards the bottom left corner - but Randolph palms it away. Attempt Saved: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (William Kvist, 17 min) 8:01PM 15 mins Ireland will be as surprised as anyone that they got an early goal, and their whole gameplan will have to change now - how do they approach the final 75 minutes? You can't invite too much pressure but equally there's no need to go too gung ho for another goal. Decisions, decisions. 7:57PM 11 mins What a ball that is and that is a decent chance for Denmark. Kjaer launches an angled ball from the right-back position towards Larsen who has caught Christie unawares on the opposite flank. The ball comes down out of the sky and it is a really difficult chance but he still should do better. He gets it all wrong and bundles the ball harmlessly wide. Miss: Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Jens Stryger Larsen, 10 min) 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, long and straight and direct. Jorgensen gets a toe to it but can only spoon it up in the air. It isn't anyhinh like properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates

0-0 first leg 7:54PM 7 mins Denmark go straight up the other end with a set-piece of their own, but Ireland hold firm and clear. 7:53PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!!!! Ireland 1-0 Denmark (Duffy) The Republic win a free-kick for a push just next to the centre circle and they take an age over it, sending their centre-backs up and loading the box. The set-piece is eventually launched forward by Brady, it isn't properly cleared, and Duffy out-jumps Schmeichel to nod the ball home! Ireland are in front! Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Denmark (Shane Duffy, 6 min) 7:49PM 3 mins Two heavy challenges, first from Brady on Eriksen and then from Meyler on Sisto, are penalised, much to the annoyance of the home fans. The ref isn't going to let those slide. 7:47PM 1 min Positive start from Larsen down the left but Christie stops him in his tracks, and concedes a throw-in. Kvist picks up where Denmark left off by launching the throw into the box. Ireland clear. 7:46PM 10 Irish players were in danger of missing this game if they were booked in the first leg All 10 escaped a yellow, and there is a clean slate tonight. This could be fiery. We're under way in Dublin. 7:42PM The Aviva is rocking for the national anthems Both sets of fans are in fine voice Credit: PA 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 Pretty impressive reading, right? Can Denmark trouble the Irish?  7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark, World Cup play-off: live score updates and team news

0-0 first leg 7:35PM Ireland's competitive home record under O'Neill One loss in 11 7:29PM Martin O'Neill talks "We are here to win this match. Of course, there are risks that come with being more expansive. "Are we preparing for 120 minutes? First and foremost in the players' minds is: we have to win the game "The players are ready." 6:54PM A closer look at those teams David Meyler is back after missing the first leg through suspension, and he captains the Republic tonight. Meanwhile, Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda drops to the bench, replaced on the right by James McClean who switches from the left flank. Robbie Brady will move out to the left after playing centrally in midweek. David Meyler is back  Credit: Getty images Denmark bring RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen in on the flank, with Andreas Cornelius dropping to the bench, while Chelsea's Andreas Christensen also comes back in.  6:44PM The teams are in Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Meyler, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Murphy Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen; Eriksen, Kvist, Delaney; Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto 6:38PM Martin O'Neill sends out a word of warning Martin O'Neill has warned Denmark not to be taken in by the Republic of Ireland's paltry World Cup goals tally. The pair meet in a decisive play-off second leg encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Ireland having managed to find the back of the net on only four occasions in their Group D qualifiers in Dublin. Indeed, they managed only 12 goals in total during the entire campaign and could not add to it in Saturday evening's 0-0 draw in Copenhagen. O'Neill is acutely aware of the chasm 68-goal Robbie Keane left on his retirement from international football, but remains confident his team can find a way to beat the Danes. He said: "You have to treat the game on its own merits. You can't look at the past now and say: 'Well, we didn't do this and we didn't do that'. The dream team need a goal from their players tonight Credit: PA "Some of the games we might have scored more goals in, but we're not prolific. Really top quality Republic of Ireland sides have not been able to score goals. "You have Robbie Keane out on his own and the next person to him is someone who might have forced a corner or something like that. Seriously, that is the case. "There have been great players who have played for the Republic of Ireland in their history and they have never been prolific. "We have to find the net and we think we're capable of doing it. We find everything tough, it's the nature of us. We don't have all the skills that maybe other nations have. "We have to find it in different manners. I've said that umpteen times, we have to find it. So far, the lads have come up big in matches and tomorrow is a massive game and we're hoping to do it again."

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Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Stalemate sets up must-win game in Dublin

They left the pitch to a standing ovation, the cheers and applause from their delighted supporters drifting down the tunnel after them, but if this was a victory of sorts for the Republic of Ireland, it was an ugly one. Seen through the eyes of their hosts, they may as well have been slipping away from a crime scene. For Denmark, this felt like death by strangulation. Denmark will seek justice in Dublin, but Ireland have the upper hand after grinding out a goalless draw in the first leg of this play-off. They squeezed the life out of the Danes and, by the end, there was little fight left in them. It remains to be seen whether they can recover. As bad as Martin O’Neill’s team were in terms of keeping hold of the ball and using it decisively, their ability to play without meaningful possession in the opposition half means any sort of win on Tuesday night will be enough to send them to the World Cup. “The game is evenly poised for the second leg,” said O’Neill. “There is no doubt they have the ability to score a goal in the Aviva Stadium, so we might have to score two. We will have to use the ball a lot better than we did. We obviously want to be better with the ball, but the players put in a really big effort. “The pitch was really awkward. It might not have been the best [performance] but, overall, we adjusted and we coped for the most part.” Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen and Niklas Bendtner struggled to break down the Irish defense.  Credit: Pa It is just as well Ireland are so well drilled at playing without the ball because there are times when they appear to have very little ability with it. Not for the first time, this was a difficult to watch for long periods; tough to take any sort of pleasure from other than the result. That, though, is all that ultimately matters. If O’Neill can lead Ireland to their first World Cup for 16 years, nobody will care how he did it. He is a pragmatist not an entertainer. He knows the limitations of the Ireland team, so makes sure he disguises them. Ireland can be a hard to like if you still believe the idea football is the beautiful game, but there is no denying they are effective. Ireland’s lines move as one, dropping back or forward in unison. When the defence drop deeper, the space they leave is filled seamlessly by a five-man midfield that spreads the width of the pitch. When they push up, the formation does not change, the gaps between them do not alter. Ireland are so organised they resemble a Roman Phalanx, their defensive shield almost impenetrable as long as they work together and remember their training drills. O’Neill would like his team to be more than that. Sometimes they can be, but this was not one of those times. There were spells in this game, particularly in the second half as he and Roy Keane screamed their frustration on the touchline, that Ireland’s passing was atrocious rather than just wayward. The Irish fans turned out for their team in Copenhagen Credit: PA In the end, it did not matter. Denmark were frustrated and grew desperate. They had three good chances over the course of the 90 minutes, Ireland had two. For all of the difference between the two teams in terms of ambition and attacking intent, it could have been an even worse night for the home team. As it is, they still have a chance of progressing and will hope Ireland can also be frustrated in front of their own supporters. Denmark had two excellent chances, the first from a long, diagonal ball over the top of right-back Cyrus Christie which found the run of Jens Stryger Larsen. He took it down and got a shot away which was kept out by Darren Randolph. The loose ball fell perfectly to Andreas Cornelius, but he hit it straight at the goalkeeper. The second came from a swerving shot from Christian Erkisen that Randolph once again pushed out, but not away from danger. This time, from a tighter angle, Pione Sisto fired wide. Ireland had not got going, but they almost scored just before the break. Christie somehow wriggled into the area from the right flank and was in on goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to sprint off his line, narrow the angle and get a hand up to block his shot as the Ireland full-back tried to lift the ball over him. The game had ground itself into a stalemate in the second half, with neither side threatening, until a late flurry of goalmouth action, as Shane Duffy saw a glancing header saved and Randolph tipped one over from Poulson at the other end. 9:40PM Same again on Tuesday? I really hope not. It wasn't the greatest game but I guess the possibility of going to Russia next year may add huge pressure to the occasion. Someone has to win in Dublin, let's hope it's the fans. 9:35PM 90 + 3 mins Larsen with another shot but it comes off which comes off Christie. Denmark can't use the corner as Randolph collect easily in the box.  Some slow-motion walking from Hendrick as he is replaced by Conor Hourihane. The Villa man does get a touch before the game is over. And that's the final whistle.  9:32PM 90 mins O'Dowda wins a free-kick after Kvist brings him down about 40 yards from goal.  Brady sends it into the box for you-know-who, Duffy. But the defender heads it straight at  Schmeichel. It's straight up the other end and Poulson's header is saved by Randolph after he connects with Larsen's cross.  Three minutes of extra-time to play. 9:29PM 87 mins Denmark have the ball in the middle of the park but there's no bite in their attack.  Harry Arter is down - although it doesn't look serious - and it looks like he will be coming off.  Glenn Whelan comes on for Harry Arter. 9:27PM 85 mins We started the evening with 15 players on a yellow card after the silly decision to continue them from the group stages, and it feels like the ref does not want to book anyone unless he has to.  Shane Long takes a shot but it comes off Delaney, which the officials manage to miss. Only for the Danes to give the ball back with a foul  on Harry Arter. 9:23PM 81 mins Another free-kick aimed at Duffy and you can guess what happened to it.  Denmark attack again and there are about nine minutes for someone to get a goal and the advantage before Tuesday's second-leg. 9:19PM 77 mins A comfortable save from Randolph from Jorgensen 's cross.  Bendtner catches Harry Arter and the Bournemouth man is down. It didn't appear malicious as he grazed the player's calf while trying to jump over him. The ref has given the visitors a free-kick, much to the annoyance of the crowd.  And guess what, they send the ball straight to Duffy.  9:15PM First Irish sub Shane Long on for Murphy. 9:13PM 71 mins Poulsen has a good shot but it bounces and goes just wide of Randolph's left hand post, after hge was teed up by Jporgensen.  It looks like Lord Bendtner will be gracing us with his presence soon. Larsen sends a ball into the box after more good work by Poulsen, but Christie clears it as the hosts get ready to make their second substitution.  Bendtner is on for Kvist.  9:10PM 68 mins Ireland have a free kick just inside the Danish half and it reaches Clark but the defender isn't ready for it and the hosts clear it.  Another throw-in for the visitors and another opportunity for Duffy to give away a foul.  9:06PM SUB Cornelius is replaced by Yussuf Polsen. An interesting decision as the Copenhagen player was very lively in the first-half. 9:05PM Fun fact The last Irish player to score a goal for the country against Denmark was Shane Long. That was ten years ago after he came on as a second-half substitute in an away game.  Who knows? 9:03PM 61 mins Eriksen tries to get a penalty after the ball hits Harry Arter's back but thankfully the ref is having none of it.  The game is more open but Ireland definitely have the quality to go and win it if they were a bit more confident. Denmark are happy to keep the  ball in and around the box but O'Neil's men are staying staying strong to every attack 9:00PM 58 mins Another long throw into the box onto Duffy's head but there's just too much physical stuff going on in the box for anyone to concentrate on the ball properly.  It's back into the Irish half but Christie keeps Kvist under control and Randolph collects the ball easily. Ireland race back up the other end and it's actually Eriksen who breaks up the attack, but he has no support and it ends up in a corner to the hosts after the ball comes off Harry Arter. 8:57PM 55 mins Neither team is getting a grip on the ball at the moment with a lot of sloppy passing. The Danes keeps trying to play down the middle about 30 yards from goal but Ireland are so organised.  Am I the only one who images Roy Keane shouting drills at them in their sleep? 8:52PM 51 mins Will the Lord make an appearance? Bendtner appears to be warming up.  A good run from McClean down the left but the Dane's block bounces off him and goes out for a throw-in. The Danes are playing the ball down the channel more, which worked better for them in the first-half.  8:49PM 48 mins Denmark appear to have regained their confidence during those 15 minutes as  Bjelland tries to send a diagonal ball to the outside of the box but Christie is there to get it away.  Once again, Ireland are playing in their own half. 8:46PM Second-half Denmark gets us back underway. 8:38PM How can you not love football? United in their love for their teams. Irish & Danish fans singing together in Copenhagen- this is why sport rocks!! #COYBIG#DENIRL#GAWA@RTEsport@dfatirlpic.twitter.com/rkYBXDL3SN— Andrew O'Callaghan (@AndyOCallagha) November 11, 2017 8:32PM Half-time You can now hear the Irish fans in the stadium and you have to wonder if that little flourish has dented the Danes confidence.  The referee blows the whistle straight away and we'll be back shortly for what should be an interesting second-half.  8:28PM 42 mins Ireland looking more dangerous in the last few minutes. Neither side is getting their foot on the ball at the moment.  Christie sails past Larsen down the right wing and he tries to chip the keeper, but like his Dad, Kasper stays big. Hendricks tries to swing at the rebound but it's out for a corner. 8:25PM 39 mins Christie tries a short throw instead of a long one and Ireland keep possession. McClean sends the ball to the edge of the box for O'Dowda but the youngster couldn't bring the ball down quick enough and Delaney clears.  The hosts have had 69% possession to the visitors 31%. 8:22PM 36 mins Denmark have had six attempts to Ireland's zero.  Cornelius is starting to cause more and more problems down that right hand side. Angerson tries a cross shot after Eriksen comes out to the right.  Remember, this is the first-leg with the second on Tuesday evening. 8:18PM 31 mins Another great save from Randolph as Clark chests the ball straight to Eriksen but the keeper gets down well to push it away, only for Sisto to send the rebound wide of goal. 8:15PM 28 mins Jorgensen is the next Dane to have a go but his shot is wide. The visitors are defending well but they have to take advantage of these attacking opportunities when they arise.  8:12PM 25 mins A Danish corner after Ireland clear Eriksen's free-kick. The ref has reminded Brady and Delaney that this is not WWE.  Ireland get the ball but can't seem to keep possession. Or maybe they can. McLean is fouled right on the sidelines about and it's perfect for a deadball situation. Brady sends it into the box and it's cleared, all the way back to Randolph who lobs it straight back. 8:09PM 22 mins Denmark having all of the ball but not doing much with it. Eriksen takes a shot from the edge of the box but it's straight down the middle and into Randolph's arms.  8:07PM Some hope for the visiting fans 4 - Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last four internationals against Denmark (W2 D2), with those wins coming in their last two contests. Confident.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 11, 2017 8:04PM 18 mins Ward gets the ball and he looked like he was going to go on the run but instead Harry Arter decides he's a crab and plays it sideways and then back to Randolph.  Sisto is the next Dane to take advantage as he looks to loft a ball in for Cornelius, but it's headed clear.  8:01PM 15 mins That first shot from Larsen came after O'Dowda lost him on the left wing, allowing the Dane to bring the ball down.  Another Christie throw is aimed at Duffy and Clark but Denmark clear.  7:59PM 13 mins The Danes are just knocking the ball about with Murphy the furthest player forward, about five yards into hosts half. Randolph does his job and his double save could be crucial come 90 minutes. First he pushes out low to his right from Laresen's shot, before he parries Cornelius' attempt.  7:55PM 9 mins The visitors get a throw and Christie sends it long but the ref sees a foul the free-kick to the hosts. Denmark looking a lot more confident and you get the sense that O'Neil's men will play it long or try and use pace to create something on the break 7:53PM 7 mins Eriksen gets the ball and I actually feel a little nervous for the visitors but Christie does well to get possession from the Spurs man. 7:51PM 5 mins Cornelius thinks he should have a corner and replays suggest he is right as Clark heads the ball away at the near corner flag. Randolph kicks it long and you suspect this could be the start of things to come.  The hosts look confident on the ball with every Irish player back in their own half. 7:48PM Kick-off And we are off. Both teams look like they are starting with four at the back as the visitors get the first deadball. Duffy was there waiting, but Cornelius heads it clear.  7:45PM Your teams Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:44PM Ooh, acapella So the Danish anthem is an acapella number; but not the kind you see on X-Factor.  Very passionate and backed up with fireworks. Let's hope the game is as dramatic.  7:41PM Moments away The players are on the pitch, Roy Keane is looking moody. that means it's time for the national anthems. 7:40PM You can't argue with this @NatashaSHenry score draw! Ireland to score early or very late & concede a schoolboy error goal we don’t do it any other way. Warriors needed tonight & that spirit is in every Irish person! Come on Ireland! 1-1— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) November 11, 2017  Will John be right? 7:39PM The teams are in the tunnel I hope you've got your drinks and snacks as there is not long to go.  7:30PM 15 minutes until kick-off A reminder of those teams:  Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:28PM O'Neil on O'Dowda "He's playing very well, he's got a little bit of pace and I hope he can cause them a few places. He'll start in robbie Brady's position. He can change, he's adaptable as he has shown for Bristol City. " We'll soon see if he is right... 7:27PM Two up top Kevin Doyle, former Cork City and Reading striker, believes that Martin O'Neil should've started with Daryl Murphy and Shane Long up front. Together.  Does he know nothing of modern football? 7:24PM Hello Davy Keogh Davy Keogh says 'hello' Credit: PA 7:21PM The Danes There have been five changes from their last game which was a 1-1 draw with Romania.  Andreas Cornelius, Andreas Bjelland, Peter Ankersen, Jens Larsen and Mathias Jorgensen all come into the squad with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Nicklas 'Lord' Bendtner among those dropping to the bench.  Obviously we know all about Christian Eriksen, but Simon Kjaer and Kasper  Schmeichel could be just as influential over the two legs.  7:12PM Rep of Ire side The biggest discussion so far seems to be the inclusion of  Callum O'Dowda. the Brstol City winger replaces the banned David Meyler and tonight will be his eighth international cap.  That is the only change but they have a few names that will be familiar to Premier league fans with John O'Shea, Shane Long and Glenn Whelan all on the bench tonight. 7:08PM The visiting captain Tonight's captain, Ciaran Clark! �� #COYBIGpic.twitter.com/ftzHxLGDM8— FAIreland ⚽️���� (@FAIreland) November 11, 2017 7:05PM The team news Team to play Rep Ireland:Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:03PM Good evening We'll be bringing you all the news from the Telia Parken stadium as Denmark and Republic of Ireland go head-to-head in this play-off first-leg. 6:59PM Denmark v Republic of Ireland What is it? It's the World Cup play-off first leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, so November 11. What time is kick-off? At 7.45pm. Where is it? At Denmark’s Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Main Event and Football. Their programme starts at 7.30pm. Alternatively, bookmark this page and come back on Saturday for our live blog.  Watch Denmark vs Republic of Ireland on Saturday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Jeff Hendrick has handed Ireland a major boost ahead of the first leg. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder was able to train with the rest of his team-mates on Thursday before the squad headed to Copenhagen after previously working with the Football Association of Ireland's medical team as he attempted to shake off a gluteal muscle injury. Jeff Hendrick has given Ireland a timely boost Credit: PA He was joined on the training pitch by club-mate Stephen Ward, with the full-back having been rested as a precaution earlier in the week. Hendrick's presence among the travelling party was all the more welcome because of the absence of David Meyler through suspension for the first leg and James McCarthy with a hamstring problem. What are they saying? Denmark coach Age Hareide on Christian Eriksen carrying the hopes of a nation: "You always feel he will create chances and produce something special," Hareide said. "So often a player like that, capable of extraordinary things, can be the difference when a match is very tight - especially against a team as well-organized as Ireland." Roy Keane on working with Martin O'Neill and Ireland: "I enjoy working with Martin, the staff and the FAI, and the only thing on my mind in the next few days is helping the team try to get to the World Cup. "In terms of club management, all that is on the back burner at the moment." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Denmark 3/4 Draw 9/4 Ireland 5/1 What's our prediction? Ireland to grab a decent 1-1 draw to take back to the Aviva Stadium.

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Stalemate sets up must-win game in Dublin

They left the pitch to a standing ovation, the cheers and applause from their delighted supporters drifting down the tunnel after them, but if this was a victory of sorts for the Republic of Ireland, it was an ugly one. Seen through the eyes of their hosts, they may as well have been slipping away from a crime scene. For Denmark, this felt like death by strangulation. Denmark will seek justice in Dublin, but Ireland have the upper hand after grinding out a goalless draw in the first leg of this play-off. They squeezed the life out of the Danes and, by the end, there was little fight left in them. It remains to be seen whether they can recover. As bad as Martin O’Neill’s team were in terms of keeping hold of the ball and using it decisively, their ability to play without meaningful possession in the opposition half means any sort of win on Tuesday night will be enough to send them to the World Cup. “The game is evenly poised for the second leg,” said O’Neill. “There is no doubt they have the ability to score a goal in the Aviva Stadium, so we might have to score two. We will have to use the ball a lot better than we did. We obviously want to be better with the ball, but the players put in a really big effort. “The pitch was really awkward. It might not have been the best [performance] but, overall, we adjusted and we coped for the most part.” Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen and Niklas Bendtner struggled to break down the Irish defense.  Credit: Pa It is just as well Ireland are so well drilled at playing without the ball because there are times when they appear to have very little ability with it. Not for the first time, this was a difficult to watch for long periods; tough to take any sort of pleasure from other than the result. That, though, is all that ultimately matters. If O’Neill can lead Ireland to their first World Cup for 16 years, nobody will care how he did it. He is a pragmatist not an entertainer. He knows the limitations of the Ireland team, so makes sure he disguises them. Ireland can be a hard to like if you still believe the idea football is the beautiful game, but there is no denying they are effective. Ireland’s lines move as one, dropping back or forward in unison. When the defence drop deeper, the space they leave is filled seamlessly by a five-man midfield that spreads the width of the pitch. When they push up, the formation does not change, the gaps between them do not alter. Ireland are so organised they resemble a Roman Phalanx, their defensive shield almost impenetrable as long as they work together and remember their training drills. O’Neill would like his team to be more than that. Sometimes they can be, but this was not one of those times. There were spells in this game, particularly in the second half as he and Roy Keane screamed their frustration on the touchline, that Ireland’s passing was atrocious rather than just wayward. The Irish fans turned out for their team in Copenhagen Credit: PA In the end, it did not matter. Denmark were frustrated and grew desperate. They had three good chances over the course of the 90 minutes, Ireland had two. For all of the difference between the two teams in terms of ambition and attacking intent, it could have been an even worse night for the home team. As it is, they still have a chance of progressing and will hope Ireland can also be frustrated in front of their own supporters. Denmark had two excellent chances, the first from a long, diagonal ball over the top of right-back Cyrus Christie which found the run of Jens Stryger Larsen. He took it down and got a shot away which was kept out by Darren Randolph. The loose ball fell perfectly to Andreas Cornelius, but he hit it straight at the goalkeeper. The second came from a swerving shot from Christian Erkisen that Randolph once again pushed out, but not away from danger. This time, from a tighter angle, Pione Sisto fired wide. Ireland had not got going, but they almost scored just before the break. Christie somehow wriggled into the area from the right flank and was in on goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to sprint off his line, narrow the angle and get a hand up to block his shot as the Ireland full-back tried to lift the ball over him. The game had ground itself into a stalemate in the second half, with neither side threatening, until a late flurry of goalmouth action, as Shane Duffy saw a glancing header saved and Randolph tipped one over from Poulson at the other end. 9:40PM Same again on Tuesday? I really hope not. It wasn't the greatest game but I guess the possibility of going to Russia next year may add huge pressure to the occasion. Someone has to win in Dublin, let's hope it's the fans. 9:35PM 90 + 3 mins Larsen with another shot but it comes off which comes off Christie. Denmark can't use the corner as Randolph collect easily in the box.  Some slow-motion walking from Hendrick as he is replaced by Conor Hourihane. The Villa man does get a touch before the game is over. And that's the final whistle.  9:32PM 90 mins O'Dowda wins a free-kick after Kvist brings him down about 40 yards from goal.  Brady sends it into the box for you-know-who, Duffy. But the defender heads it straight at  Schmeichel. It's straight up the other end and Poulson's header is saved by Randolph after he connects with Larsen's cross.  Three minutes of extra-time to play. 9:29PM 87 mins Denmark have the ball in the middle of the park but there's no bite in their attack.  Harry Arter is down - although it doesn't look serious - and it looks like he will be coming off.  Glenn Whelan comes on for Harry Arter. 9:27PM 85 mins We started the evening with 15 players on a yellow card after the silly decision to continue them from the group stages, and it feels like the ref does not want to book anyone unless he has to.  Shane Long takes a shot but it comes off Delaney, which the officials manage to miss. Only for the Danes to give the ball back with a foul  on Harry Arter. 9:23PM 81 mins Another free-kick aimed at Duffy and you can guess what happened to it.  Denmark attack again and there are about nine minutes for someone to get a goal and the advantage before Tuesday's second-leg. 9:19PM 77 mins A comfortable save from Randolph from Jorgensen 's cross.  Bendtner catches Harry Arter and the Bournemouth man is down. It didn't appear malicious as he grazed the player's calf while trying to jump over him. The ref has given the visitors a free-kick, much to the annoyance of the crowd.  And guess what, they send the ball straight to Duffy.  9:15PM First Irish sub Shane Long on for Murphy. 9:13PM 71 mins Poulsen has a good shot but it bounces and goes just wide of Randolph's left hand post, after hge was teed up by Jporgensen.  It looks like Lord Bendtner will be gracing us with his presence soon. Larsen sends a ball into the box after more good work by Poulsen, but Christie clears it as the hosts get ready to make their second substitution.  Bendtner is on for Kvist.  9:10PM 68 mins Ireland have a free kick just inside the Danish half and it reaches Clark but the defender isn't ready for it and the hosts clear it.  Another throw-in for the visitors and another opportunity for Duffy to give away a foul.  9:06PM SUB Cornelius is replaced by Yussuf Polsen. An interesting decision as the Copenhagen player was very lively in the first-half. 9:05PM Fun fact The last Irish player to score a goal for the country against Denmark was Shane Long. That was ten years ago after he came on as a second-half substitute in an away game.  Who knows? 9:03PM 61 mins Eriksen tries to get a penalty after the ball hits Harry Arter's back but thankfully the ref is having none of it.  The game is more open but Ireland definitely have the quality to go and win it if they were a bit more confident. Denmark are happy to keep the  ball in and around the box but O'Neil's men are staying staying strong to every attack 9:00PM 58 mins Another long throw into the box onto Duffy's head but there's just too much physical stuff going on in the box for anyone to concentrate on the ball properly.  It's back into the Irish half but Christie keeps Kvist under control and Randolph collects the ball easily. Ireland race back up the other end and it's actually Eriksen who breaks up the attack, but he has no support and it ends up in a corner to the hosts after the ball comes off Harry Arter. 8:57PM 55 mins Neither team is getting a grip on the ball at the moment with a lot of sloppy passing. The Danes keeps trying to play down the middle about 30 yards from goal but Ireland are so organised.  Am I the only one who images Roy Keane shouting drills at them in their sleep? 8:52PM 51 mins Will the Lord make an appearance? Bendtner appears to be warming up.  A good run from McClean down the left but the Dane's block bounces off him and goes out for a throw-in. The Danes are playing the ball down the channel more, which worked better for them in the first-half.  8:49PM 48 mins Denmark appear to have regained their confidence during those 15 minutes as  Bjelland tries to send a diagonal ball to the outside of the box but Christie is there to get it away.  Once again, Ireland are playing in their own half. 8:46PM Second-half Denmark gets us back underway. 8:38PM How can you not love football? United in their love for their teams. Irish & Danish fans singing together in Copenhagen- this is why sport rocks!! #COYBIG#DENIRL#GAWA@RTEsport@dfatirlpic.twitter.com/rkYBXDL3SN— Andrew O'Callaghan (@AndyOCallagha) November 11, 2017 8:32PM Half-time You can now hear the Irish fans in the stadium and you have to wonder if that little flourish has dented the Danes confidence.  The referee blows the whistle straight away and we'll be back shortly for what should be an interesting second-half.  8:28PM 42 mins Ireland looking more dangerous in the last few minutes. Neither side is getting their foot on the ball at the moment.  Christie sails past Larsen down the right wing and he tries to chip the keeper, but like his Dad, Kasper stays big. Hendricks tries to swing at the rebound but it's out for a corner. 8:25PM 39 mins Christie tries a short throw instead of a long one and Ireland keep possession. McClean sends the ball to the edge of the box for O'Dowda but the youngster couldn't bring the ball down quick enough and Delaney clears.  The hosts have had 69% possession to the visitors 31%. 8:22PM 36 mins Denmark have had six attempts to Ireland's zero.  Cornelius is starting to cause more and more problems down that right hand side. Angerson tries a cross shot after Eriksen comes out to the right.  Remember, this is the first-leg with the second on Tuesday evening. 8:18PM 31 mins Another great save from Randolph as Clark chests the ball straight to Eriksen but the keeper gets down well to push it away, only for Sisto to send the rebound wide of goal. 8:15PM 28 mins Jorgensen is the next Dane to have a go but his shot is wide. The visitors are defending well but they have to take advantage of these attacking opportunities when they arise.  8:12PM 25 mins A Danish corner after Ireland clear Eriksen's free-kick. The ref has reminded Brady and Delaney that this is not WWE.  Ireland get the ball but can't seem to keep possession. Or maybe they can. McLean is fouled right on the sidelines about and it's perfect for a deadball situation. Brady sends it into the box and it's cleared, all the way back to Randolph who lobs it straight back. 8:09PM 22 mins Denmark having all of the ball but not doing much with it. Eriksen takes a shot from the edge of the box but it's straight down the middle and into Randolph's arms.  8:07PM Some hope for the visiting fans 4 - Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last four internationals against Denmark (W2 D2), with those wins coming in their last two contests. Confident.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 11, 2017 8:04PM 18 mins Ward gets the ball and he looked like he was going to go on the run but instead Harry Arter decides he's a crab and plays it sideways and then back to Randolph.  Sisto is the next Dane to take advantage as he looks to loft a ball in for Cornelius, but it's headed clear.  8:01PM 15 mins That first shot from Larsen came after O'Dowda lost him on the left wing, allowing the Dane to bring the ball down.  Another Christie throw is aimed at Duffy and Clark but Denmark clear.  7:59PM 13 mins The Danes are just knocking the ball about with Murphy the furthest player forward, about five yards into hosts half. Randolph does his job and his double save could be crucial come 90 minutes. First he pushes out low to his right from Laresen's shot, before he parries Cornelius' attempt.  7:55PM 9 mins The visitors get a throw and Christie sends it long but the ref sees a foul the free-kick to the hosts. Denmark looking a lot more confident and you get the sense that O'Neil's men will play it long or try and use pace to create something on the break 7:53PM 7 mins Eriksen gets the ball and I actually feel a little nervous for the visitors but Christie does well to get possession from the Spurs man. 7:51PM 5 mins Cornelius thinks he should have a corner and replays suggest he is right as Clark heads the ball away at the near corner flag. Randolph kicks it long and you suspect this could be the start of things to come.  The hosts look confident on the ball with every Irish player back in their own half. 7:48PM Kick-off And we are off. Both teams look like they are starting with four at the back as the visitors get the first deadball. Duffy was there waiting, but Cornelius heads it clear.  7:45PM Your teams Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:44PM Ooh, acapella So the Danish anthem is an acapella number; but not the kind you see on X-Factor.  Very passionate and backed up with fireworks. Let's hope the game is as dramatic.  7:41PM Moments away The players are on the pitch, Roy Keane is looking moody. that means it's time for the national anthems. 7:40PM You can't argue with this @NatashaSHenry score draw! Ireland to score early or very late & concede a schoolboy error goal we don’t do it any other way. Warriors needed tonight & that spirit is in every Irish person! Come on Ireland! 1-1— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) November 11, 2017  Will John be right? 7:39PM The teams are in the tunnel I hope you've got your drinks and snacks as there is not long to go.  7:30PM 15 minutes until kick-off A reminder of those teams:  Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:28PM O'Neil on O'Dowda "He's playing very well, he's got a little bit of pace and I hope he can cause them a few places. He'll start in robbie Brady's position. He can change, he's adaptable as he has shown for Bristol City. " We'll soon see if he is right... 7:27PM Two up top Kevin Doyle, former Cork City and Reading striker, believes that Martin O'Neil should've started with Daryl Murphy and Shane Long up front. Together.  Does he know nothing of modern football? 7:24PM Hello Davy Keogh Davy Keogh says 'hello' Credit: PA 7:21PM The Danes There have been five changes from their last game which was a 1-1 draw with Romania.  Andreas Cornelius, Andreas Bjelland, Peter Ankersen, Jens Larsen and Mathias Jorgensen all come into the squad with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Nicklas 'Lord' Bendtner among those dropping to the bench.  Obviously we know all about Christian Eriksen, but Simon Kjaer and Kasper  Schmeichel could be just as influential over the two legs.  7:12PM Rep of Ire side The biggest discussion so far seems to be the inclusion of  Callum O'Dowda. the Brstol City winger replaces the banned David Meyler and tonight will be his eighth international cap.  That is the only change but they have a few names that will be familiar to Premier league fans with John O'Shea, Shane Long and Glenn Whelan all on the bench tonight. 7:08PM The visiting captain Tonight's captain, Ciaran Clark! �� #COYBIGpic.twitter.com/ftzHxLGDM8— FAIreland ⚽️���� (@FAIreland) November 11, 2017 7:05PM The team news Team to play Rep Ireland:Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:03PM Good evening We'll be bringing you all the news from the Telia Parken stadium as Denmark and Republic of Ireland go head-to-head in this play-off first-leg. 6:59PM Denmark v Republic of Ireland What is it? It's the World Cup play-off first leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, so November 11. What time is kick-off? At 7.45pm. Where is it? At Denmark’s Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Main Event and Football. Their programme starts at 7.30pm. Alternatively, bookmark this page and come back on Saturday for our live blog.  Watch Denmark vs Republic of Ireland on Saturday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Jeff Hendrick has handed Ireland a major boost ahead of the first leg. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder was able to train with the rest of his team-mates on Thursday before the squad headed to Copenhagen after previously working with the Football Association of Ireland's medical team as he attempted to shake off a gluteal muscle injury. Jeff Hendrick has given Ireland a timely boost Credit: PA He was joined on the training pitch by club-mate Stephen Ward, with the full-back having been rested as a precaution earlier in the week. Hendrick's presence among the travelling party was all the more welcome because of the absence of David Meyler through suspension for the first leg and James McCarthy with a hamstring problem. What are they saying? Denmark coach Age Hareide on Christian Eriksen carrying the hopes of a nation: "You always feel he will create chances and produce something special," Hareide said. "So often a player like that, capable of extraordinary things, can be the difference when a match is very tight - especially against a team as well-organized as Ireland." Roy Keane on working with Martin O'Neill and Ireland: "I enjoy working with Martin, the staff and the FAI, and the only thing on my mind in the next few days is helping the team try to get to the World Cup. "In terms of club management, all that is on the back burner at the moment." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Denmark 3/4 Draw 9/4 Ireland 5/1 What's our prediction? Ireland to grab a decent 1-1 draw to take back to the Aviva Stadium.

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Stalemate sets up must-win game in Dublin

They left the pitch to a standing ovation, the cheers and applause from their delighted supporters drifting down the tunnel after them, but if this was a victory of sorts for the Republic of Ireland, it was an ugly one. Seen through the eyes of their hosts, they may as well have been slipping away from a crime scene. For Denmark, this felt like death by strangulation. Denmark will seek justice in Dublin, but Ireland have the upper hand after grinding out a goalless draw in the first leg of this play-off. They squeezed the life out of the Danes and, by the end, there was little fight left in them. It remains to be seen whether they can recover. As bad as Martin O’Neill’s team were in terms of keeping hold of the ball and using it decisively, their ability to play without meaningful possession in the opposition half means any sort of win on Tuesday night will be enough to send them to the World Cup. “The game is evenly poised for the second leg,” said O’Neill. “There is no doubt they have the ability to score a goal in the Aviva Stadium, so we might have to score two. We will have to use the ball a lot better than we did. We obviously want to be better with the ball, but the players put in a really big effort. “The pitch was really awkward. It might not have been the best [performance] but, overall, we adjusted and we coped for the most part.” Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen and Niklas Bendtner struggled to break down the Irish defense.  Credit: Pa It is just as well Ireland are so well drilled at playing without the ball because there are times when they appear to have very little ability with it. Not for the first time, this was a difficult to watch for long periods; tough to take any sort of pleasure from other than the result. That, though, is all that ultimately matters. If O’Neill can lead Ireland to their first World Cup for 16 years, nobody will care how he did it. He is a pragmatist not an entertainer. He knows the limitations of the Ireland team, so makes sure he disguises them. Ireland can be a hard to like if you still believe the idea football is the beautiful game, but there is no denying they are effective. Ireland’s lines move as one, dropping back or forward in unison. When the defence drop deeper, the space they leave is filled seamlessly by a five-man midfield that spreads the width of the pitch. When they push up, the formation does not change, the gaps between them do not alter. Ireland are so organised they resemble a Roman Phalanx, their defensive shield almost impenetrable as long as they work together and remember their training drills. O’Neill would like his team to be more than that. Sometimes they can be, but this was not one of those times. There were spells in this game, particularly in the second half as he and Roy Keane screamed their frustration on the touchline, that Ireland’s passing was atrocious rather than just wayward. The Irish fans turned out for their team in Copenhagen Credit: PA In the end, it did not matter. Denmark were frustrated and grew desperate. They had three good chances over the course of the 90 minutes, Ireland had two. For all of the difference between the two teams in terms of ambition and attacking intent, it could have been an even worse night for the home team. As it is, they still have a chance of progressing and will hope Ireland can also be frustrated in front of their own supporters. Denmark had two excellent chances, the first from a long, diagonal ball over the top of right-back Cyrus Christie which found the run of Jens Stryger Larsen. He took it down and got a shot away which was kept out by Darren Randolph. The loose ball fell perfectly to Andreas Cornelius, but he hit it straight at the goalkeeper. The second came from a swerving shot from Christian Erkisen that Randolph once again pushed out, but not away from danger. This time, from a tighter angle, Pione Sisto fired wide. Ireland had not got going, but they almost scored just before the break. Christie somehow wriggled into the area from the right flank and was in on goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to sprint off his line, narrow the angle and get a hand up to block his shot as the Ireland full-back tried to lift the ball over him. The game had ground itself into a stalemate in the second half, with neither side threatening, until a late flurry of goalmouth action, as Shane Duffy saw a glancing header saved and Randolph tipped one over from Poulson at the other end. 9:40PM Same again on Tuesday? I really hope not. It wasn't the greatest game but I guess the possibility of going to Russia next year may add huge pressure to the occasion. Someone has to win in Dublin, let's hope it's the fans. 9:35PM 90 + 3 mins Larsen with another shot but it comes off which comes off Christie. Denmark can't use the corner as Randolph collect easily in the box.  Some slow-motion walking from Hendrick as he is replaced by Conor Hourihane. The Villa man does get a touch before the game is over. And that's the final whistle.  9:32PM 90 mins O'Dowda wins a free-kick after Kvist brings him down about 40 yards from goal.  Brady sends it into the box for you-know-who, Duffy. But the defender heads it straight at  Schmeichel. It's straight up the other end and Poulson's header is saved by Randolph after he connects with Larsen's cross.  Three minutes of extra-time to play. 9:29PM 87 mins Denmark have the ball in the middle of the park but there's no bite in their attack.  Harry Arter is down - although it doesn't look serious - and it looks like he will be coming off.  Glenn Whelan comes on for Harry Arter. 9:27PM 85 mins We started the evening with 15 players on a yellow card after the silly decision to continue them from the group stages, and it feels like the ref does not want to book anyone unless he has to.  Shane Long takes a shot but it comes off Delaney, which the officials manage to miss. Only for the Danes to give the ball back with a foul  on Harry Arter. 9:23PM 81 mins Another free-kick aimed at Duffy and you can guess what happened to it.  Denmark attack again and there are about nine minutes for someone to get a goal and the advantage before Tuesday's second-leg. 9:19PM 77 mins A comfortable save from Randolph from Jorgensen 's cross.  Bendtner catches Harry Arter and the Bournemouth man is down. It didn't appear malicious as he grazed the player's calf while trying to jump over him. The ref has given the visitors a free-kick, much to the annoyance of the crowd.  And guess what, they send the ball straight to Duffy.  9:15PM First Irish sub Shane Long on for Murphy. 9:13PM 71 mins Poulsen has a good shot but it bounces and goes just wide of Randolph's left hand post, after hge was teed up by Jporgensen.  It looks like Lord Bendtner will be gracing us with his presence soon. Larsen sends a ball into the box after more good work by Poulsen, but Christie clears it as the hosts get ready to make their second substitution.  Bendtner is on for Kvist.  9:10PM 68 mins Ireland have a free kick just inside the Danish half and it reaches Clark but the defender isn't ready for it and the hosts clear it.  Another throw-in for the visitors and another opportunity for Duffy to give away a foul.  9:06PM SUB Cornelius is replaced by Yussuf Polsen. An interesting decision as the Copenhagen player was very lively in the first-half. 9:05PM Fun fact The last Irish player to score a goal for the country against Denmark was Shane Long. That was ten years ago after he came on as a second-half substitute in an away game.  Who knows? 9:03PM 61 mins Eriksen tries to get a penalty after the ball hits Harry Arter's back but thankfully the ref is having none of it.  The game is more open but Ireland definitely have the quality to go and win it if they were a bit more confident. Denmark are happy to keep the  ball in and around the box but O'Neil's men are staying staying strong to every attack 9:00PM 58 mins Another long throw into the box onto Duffy's head but there's just too much physical stuff going on in the box for anyone to concentrate on the ball properly.  It's back into the Irish half but Christie keeps Kvist under control and Randolph collects the ball easily. Ireland race back up the other end and it's actually Eriksen who breaks up the attack, but he has no support and it ends up in a corner to the hosts after the ball comes off Harry Arter. 8:57PM 55 mins Neither team is getting a grip on the ball at the moment with a lot of sloppy passing. The Danes keeps trying to play down the middle about 30 yards from goal but Ireland are so organised.  Am I the only one who images Roy Keane shouting drills at them in their sleep? 8:52PM 51 mins Will the Lord make an appearance? Bendtner appears to be warming up.  A good run from McClean down the left but the Dane's block bounces off him and goes out for a throw-in. The Danes are playing the ball down the channel more, which worked better for them in the first-half.  8:49PM 48 mins Denmark appear to have regained their confidence during those 15 minutes as  Bjelland tries to send a diagonal ball to the outside of the box but Christie is there to get it away.  Once again, Ireland are playing in their own half. 8:46PM Second-half Denmark gets us back underway. 8:38PM How can you not love football? United in their love for their teams. Irish & Danish fans singing together in Copenhagen- this is why sport rocks!! #COYBIG#DENIRL#GAWA@RTEsport@dfatirlpic.twitter.com/rkYBXDL3SN— Andrew O'Callaghan (@AndyOCallagha) November 11, 2017 8:32PM Half-time You can now hear the Irish fans in the stadium and you have to wonder if that little flourish has dented the Danes confidence.  The referee blows the whistle straight away and we'll be back shortly for what should be an interesting second-half.  8:28PM 42 mins Ireland looking more dangerous in the last few minutes. Neither side is getting their foot on the ball at the moment.  Christie sails past Larsen down the right wing and he tries to chip the keeper, but like his Dad, Kasper stays big. Hendricks tries to swing at the rebound but it's out for a corner. 8:25PM 39 mins Christie tries a short throw instead of a long one and Ireland keep possession. McClean sends the ball to the edge of the box for O'Dowda but the youngster couldn't bring the ball down quick enough and Delaney clears.  The hosts have had 69% possession to the visitors 31%. 8:22PM 36 mins Denmark have had six attempts to Ireland's zero.  Cornelius is starting to cause more and more problems down that right hand side. Angerson tries a cross shot after Eriksen comes out to the right.  Remember, this is the first-leg with the second on Tuesday evening. 8:18PM 31 mins Another great save from Randolph as Clark chests the ball straight to Eriksen but the keeper gets down well to push it away, only for Sisto to send the rebound wide of goal. 8:15PM 28 mins Jorgensen is the next Dane to have a go but his shot is wide. The visitors are defending well but they have to take advantage of these attacking opportunities when they arise.  8:12PM 25 mins A Danish corner after Ireland clear Eriksen's free-kick. The ref has reminded Brady and Delaney that this is not WWE.  Ireland get the ball but can't seem to keep possession. Or maybe they can. McLean is fouled right on the sidelines about and it's perfect for a deadball situation. Brady sends it into the box and it's cleared, all the way back to Randolph who lobs it straight back. 8:09PM 22 mins Denmark having all of the ball but not doing much with it. Eriksen takes a shot from the edge of the box but it's straight down the middle and into Randolph's arms.  8:07PM Some hope for the visiting fans 4 - Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last four internationals against Denmark (W2 D2), with those wins coming in their last two contests. Confident.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 11, 2017 8:04PM 18 mins Ward gets the ball and he looked like he was going to go on the run but instead Harry Arter decides he's a crab and plays it sideways and then back to Randolph.  Sisto is the next Dane to take advantage as he looks to loft a ball in for Cornelius, but it's headed clear.  8:01PM 15 mins That first shot from Larsen came after O'Dowda lost him on the left wing, allowing the Dane to bring the ball down.  Another Christie throw is aimed at Duffy and Clark but Denmark clear.  7:59PM 13 mins The Danes are just knocking the ball about with Murphy the furthest player forward, about five yards into hosts half. Randolph does his job and his double save could be crucial come 90 minutes. First he pushes out low to his right from Laresen's shot, before he parries Cornelius' attempt.  7:55PM 9 mins The visitors get a throw and Christie sends it long but the ref sees a foul the free-kick to the hosts. Denmark looking a lot more confident and you get the sense that O'Neil's men will play it long or try and use pace to create something on the break 7:53PM 7 mins Eriksen gets the ball and I actually feel a little nervous for the visitors but Christie does well to get possession from the Spurs man. 7:51PM 5 mins Cornelius thinks he should have a corner and replays suggest he is right as Clark heads the ball away at the near corner flag. Randolph kicks it long and you suspect this could be the start of things to come.  The hosts look confident on the ball with every Irish player back in their own half. 7:48PM Kick-off And we are off. Both teams look like they are starting with four at the back as the visitors get the first deadball. Duffy was there waiting, but Cornelius heads it clear.  7:45PM Your teams Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:44PM Ooh, acapella So the Danish anthem is an acapella number; but not the kind you see on X-Factor.  Very passionate and backed up with fireworks. Let's hope the game is as dramatic.  7:41PM Moments away The players are on the pitch, Roy Keane is looking moody. that means it's time for the national anthems. 7:40PM You can't argue with this @NatashaSHenry score draw! Ireland to score early or very late & concede a schoolboy error goal we don’t do it any other way. Warriors needed tonight & that spirit is in every Irish person! Come on Ireland! 1-1— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) November 11, 2017  Will John be right? 7:39PM The teams are in the tunnel I hope you've got your drinks and snacks as there is not long to go.  7:30PM 15 minutes until kick-off A reminder of those teams:  Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:28PM O'Neil on O'Dowda "He's playing very well, he's got a little bit of pace and I hope he can cause them a few places. He'll start in robbie Brady's position. He can change, he's adaptable as he has shown for Bristol City. " We'll soon see if he is right... 7:27PM Two up top Kevin Doyle, former Cork City and Reading striker, believes that Martin O'Neil should've started with Daryl Murphy and Shane Long up front. Together.  Does he know nothing of modern football? 7:24PM Hello Davy Keogh Davy Keogh says 'hello' Credit: PA 7:21PM The Danes There have been five changes from their last game which was a 1-1 draw with Romania.  Andreas Cornelius, Andreas Bjelland, Peter Ankersen, Jens Larsen and Mathias Jorgensen all come into the squad with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Nicklas 'Lord' Bendtner among those dropping to the bench.  Obviously we know all about Christian Eriksen, but Simon Kjaer and Kasper  Schmeichel could be just as influential over the two legs.  7:12PM Rep of Ire side The biggest discussion so far seems to be the inclusion of  Callum O'Dowda. the Brstol City winger replaces the banned David Meyler and tonight will be his eighth international cap.  That is the only change but they have a few names that will be familiar to Premier league fans with John O'Shea, Shane Long and Glenn Whelan all on the bench tonight. 7:08PM The visiting captain Tonight's captain, Ciaran Clark! �� #COYBIGpic.twitter.com/ftzHxLGDM8— FAIreland ⚽️���� (@FAIreland) November 11, 2017 7:05PM The team news Team to play Rep Ireland:Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:03PM Good evening We'll be bringing you all the news from the Telia Parken stadium as Denmark and Republic of Ireland go head-to-head in this play-off first-leg. 6:59PM Denmark v Republic of Ireland What is it? It's the World Cup play-off first leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, so November 11. What time is kick-off? At 7.45pm. Where is it? At Denmark’s Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Main Event and Football. Their programme starts at 7.30pm. Alternatively, bookmark this page and come back on Saturday for our live blog.  Watch Denmark vs Republic of Ireland on Saturday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Jeff Hendrick has handed Ireland a major boost ahead of the first leg. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder was able to train with the rest of his team-mates on Thursday before the squad headed to Copenhagen after previously working with the Football Association of Ireland's medical team as he attempted to shake off a gluteal muscle injury. Jeff Hendrick has given Ireland a timely boost Credit: PA He was joined on the training pitch by club-mate Stephen Ward, with the full-back having been rested as a precaution earlier in the week. Hendrick's presence among the travelling party was all the more welcome because of the absence of David Meyler through suspension for the first leg and James McCarthy with a hamstring problem. What are they saying? Denmark coach Age Hareide on Christian Eriksen carrying the hopes of a nation: "You always feel he will create chances and produce something special," Hareide said. "So often a player like that, capable of extraordinary things, can be the difference when a match is very tight - especially against a team as well-organized as Ireland." Roy Keane on working with Martin O'Neill and Ireland: "I enjoy working with Martin, the staff and the FAI, and the only thing on my mind in the next few days is helping the team try to get to the World Cup. "In terms of club management, all that is on the back burner at the moment." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Denmark 3/4 Draw 9/4 Ireland 5/1 What's our prediction? Ireland to grab a decent 1-1 draw to take back to the Aviva Stadium.

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Stalemate sets up must-win game in Dublin

They left the pitch to a standing ovation, the cheers and applause from their delighted supporters drifting down the tunnel after them, but if this was a victory of sorts for the Republic of Ireland, it was an ugly one. Seen through the eyes of their hosts, they may as well have been slipping away from a crime scene. For Denmark, this felt like death by strangulation. Denmark will seek justice in Dublin, but Ireland have the upper hand after grinding out a goalless draw in the first leg of this play-off. They squeezed the life out of the Danes and, by the end, there was little fight left in them. It remains to be seen whether they can recover. As bad as Martin O’Neill’s team were in terms of keeping hold of the ball and using it decisively, their ability to play without meaningful possession in the opposition half means any sort of win on Tuesday night will be enough to send them to the World Cup. “The game is evenly poised for the second leg,” said O’Neill. “There is no doubt they have the ability to score a goal in the Aviva Stadium, so we might have to score two. We will have to use the ball a lot better than we did. We obviously want to be better with the ball, but the players put in a really big effort. “The pitch was really awkward. It might not have been the best [performance] but, overall, we adjusted and we coped for the most part.” Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen and Niklas Bendtner struggled to break down the Irish defense.  Credit: Pa It is just as well Ireland are so well drilled at playing without the ball because there are times when they appear to have very little ability with it. Not for the first time, this was a difficult to watch for long periods; tough to take any sort of pleasure from other than the result. That, though, is all that ultimately matters. If O’Neill can lead Ireland to their first World Cup for 16 years, nobody will care how he did it. He is a pragmatist not an entertainer. He knows the limitations of the Ireland team, so makes sure he disguises them. Ireland can be a hard to like if you still believe the idea football is the beautiful game, but there is no denying they are effective. Ireland’s lines move as one, dropping back or forward in unison. When the defence drop deeper, the space they leave is filled seamlessly by a five-man midfield that spreads the width of the pitch. When they push up, the formation does not change, the gaps between them do not alter. Ireland are so organised they resemble a Roman Phalanx, their defensive shield almost impenetrable as long as they work together and remember their training drills. O’Neill would like his team to be more than that. Sometimes they can be, but this was not one of those times. There were spells in this game, particularly in the second half as he and Roy Keane screamed their frustration on the touchline, that Ireland’s passing was atrocious rather than just wayward. The Irish fans turned out for their team in Copenhagen Credit: PA In the end, it did not matter. Denmark were frustrated and grew desperate. They had three good chances over the course of the 90 minutes, Ireland had two. For all of the difference between the two teams in terms of ambition and attacking intent, it could have been an even worse night for the home team. As it is, they still have a chance of progressing and will hope Ireland can also be frustrated in front of their own supporters. Denmark had two excellent chances, the first from a long, diagonal ball over the top of right-back Cyrus Christie which found the run of Jens Stryger Larsen. He took it down and got a shot away which was kept out by Darren Randolph. The loose ball fell perfectly to Andreas Cornelius, but he hit it straight at the goalkeeper. The second came from a swerving shot from Christian Erkisen that Randolph once again pushed out, but not away from danger. This time, from a tighter angle, Pione Sisto fired wide. Ireland had not got going, but they almost scored just before the break. Christie somehow wriggled into the area from the right flank and was in on goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to sprint off his line, narrow the angle and get a hand up to block his shot as the Ireland full-back tried to lift the ball over him. The game had ground itself into a stalemate in the second half, with neither side threatening, until a late flurry of goalmouth action, as Shane Duffy saw a glancing header saved and Randolph tipped one over from Poulson at the other end. 9:40PM Same again on Tuesday? I really hope not. It wasn't the greatest game but I guess the possibility of going to Russia next year may add huge pressure to the occasion. Someone has to win in Dublin, let's hope it's the fans. 9:35PM 90 + 3 mins Larsen with another shot but it comes off which comes off Christie. Denmark can't use the corner as Randolph collect easily in the box.  Some slow-motion walking from Hendrick as he is replaced by Conor Hourihane. The Villa man does get a touch before the game is over. And that's the final whistle.  9:32PM 90 mins O'Dowda wins a free-kick after Kvist brings him down about 40 yards from goal.  Brady sends it into the box for you-know-who, Duffy. But the defender heads it straight at  Schmeichel. It's straight up the other end and Poulson's header is saved by Randolph after he connects with Larsen's cross.  Three minutes of extra-time to play. 9:29PM 87 mins Denmark have the ball in the middle of the park but there's no bite in their attack.  Harry Arter is down - although it doesn't look serious - and it looks like he will be coming off.  Glenn Whelan comes on for Harry Arter. 9:27PM 85 mins We started the evening with 15 players on a yellow card after the silly decision to continue them from the group stages, and it feels like the ref does not want to book anyone unless he has to.  Shane Long takes a shot but it comes off Delaney, which the officials manage to miss. Only for the Danes to give the ball back with a foul  on Harry Arter. 9:23PM 81 mins Another free-kick aimed at Duffy and you can guess what happened to it.  Denmark attack again and there are about nine minutes for someone to get a goal and the advantage before Tuesday's second-leg. 9:19PM 77 mins A comfortable save from Randolph from Jorgensen 's cross.  Bendtner catches Harry Arter and the Bournemouth man is down. It didn't appear malicious as he grazed the player's calf while trying to jump over him. The ref has given the visitors a free-kick, much to the annoyance of the crowd.  And guess what, they send the ball straight to Duffy.  9:15PM First Irish sub Shane Long on for Murphy. 9:13PM 71 mins Poulsen has a good shot but it bounces and goes just wide of Randolph's left hand post, after hge was teed up by Jporgensen.  It looks like Lord Bendtner will be gracing us with his presence soon. Larsen sends a ball into the box after more good work by Poulsen, but Christie clears it as the hosts get ready to make their second substitution.  Bendtner is on for Kvist.  9:10PM 68 mins Ireland have a free kick just inside the Danish half and it reaches Clark but the defender isn't ready for it and the hosts clear it.  Another throw-in for the visitors and another opportunity for Duffy to give away a foul.  9:06PM SUB Cornelius is replaced by Yussuf Polsen. An interesting decision as the Copenhagen player was very lively in the first-half. 9:05PM Fun fact The last Irish player to score a goal for the country against Denmark was Shane Long. That was ten years ago after he came on as a second-half substitute in an away game.  Who knows? 9:03PM 61 mins Eriksen tries to get a penalty after the ball hits Harry Arter's back but thankfully the ref is having none of it.  The game is more open but Ireland definitely have the quality to go and win it if they were a bit more confident. Denmark are happy to keep the  ball in and around the box but O'Neil's men are staying staying strong to every attack 9:00PM 58 mins Another long throw into the box onto Duffy's head but there's just too much physical stuff going on in the box for anyone to concentrate on the ball properly.  It's back into the Irish half but Christie keeps Kvist under control and Randolph collects the ball easily. Ireland race back up the other end and it's actually Eriksen who breaks up the attack, but he has no support and it ends up in a corner to the hosts after the ball comes off Harry Arter. 8:57PM 55 mins Neither team is getting a grip on the ball at the moment with a lot of sloppy passing. The Danes keeps trying to play down the middle about 30 yards from goal but Ireland are so organised.  Am I the only one who images Roy Keane shouting drills at them in their sleep? 8:52PM 51 mins Will the Lord make an appearance? Bendtner appears to be warming up.  A good run from McClean down the left but the Dane's block bounces off him and goes out for a throw-in. The Danes are playing the ball down the channel more, which worked better for them in the first-half.  8:49PM 48 mins Denmark appear to have regained their confidence during those 15 minutes as  Bjelland tries to send a diagonal ball to the outside of the box but Christie is there to get it away.  Once again, Ireland are playing in their own half. 8:46PM Second-half Denmark gets us back underway. 8:38PM How can you not love football? United in their love for their teams. Irish & Danish fans singing together in Copenhagen- this is why sport rocks!! #COYBIG#DENIRL#GAWA@RTEsport@dfatirlpic.twitter.com/rkYBXDL3SN— Andrew O'Callaghan (@AndyOCallagha) November 11, 2017 8:32PM Half-time You can now hear the Irish fans in the stadium and you have to wonder if that little flourish has dented the Danes confidence.  The referee blows the whistle straight away and we'll be back shortly for what should be an interesting second-half.  8:28PM 42 mins Ireland looking more dangerous in the last few minutes. Neither side is getting their foot on the ball at the moment.  Christie sails past Larsen down the right wing and he tries to chip the keeper, but like his Dad, Kasper stays big. Hendricks tries to swing at the rebound but it's out for a corner. 8:25PM 39 mins Christie tries a short throw instead of a long one and Ireland keep possession. McClean sends the ball to the edge of the box for O'Dowda but the youngster couldn't bring the ball down quick enough and Delaney clears.  The hosts have had 69% possession to the visitors 31%. 8:22PM 36 mins Denmark have had six attempts to Ireland's zero.  Cornelius is starting to cause more and more problems down that right hand side. Angerson tries a cross shot after Eriksen comes out to the right.  Remember, this is the first-leg with the second on Tuesday evening. 8:18PM 31 mins Another great save from Randolph as Clark chests the ball straight to Eriksen but the keeper gets down well to push it away, only for Sisto to send the rebound wide of goal. 8:15PM 28 mins Jorgensen is the next Dane to have a go but his shot is wide. The visitors are defending well but they have to take advantage of these attacking opportunities when they arise.  8:12PM 25 mins A Danish corner after Ireland clear Eriksen's free-kick. The ref has reminded Brady and Delaney that this is not WWE.  Ireland get the ball but can't seem to keep possession. Or maybe they can. McLean is fouled right on the sidelines about and it's perfect for a deadball situation. Brady sends it into the box and it's cleared, all the way back to Randolph who lobs it straight back. 8:09PM 22 mins Denmark having all of the ball but not doing much with it. Eriksen takes a shot from the edge of the box but it's straight down the middle and into Randolph's arms.  8:07PM Some hope for the visiting fans 4 - Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last four internationals against Denmark (W2 D2), with those wins coming in their last two contests. Confident.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 11, 2017 8:04PM 18 mins Ward gets the ball and he looked like he was going to go on the run but instead Harry Arter decides he's a crab and plays it sideways and then back to Randolph.  Sisto is the next Dane to take advantage as he looks to loft a ball in for Cornelius, but it's headed clear.  8:01PM 15 mins That first shot from Larsen came after O'Dowda lost him on the left wing, allowing the Dane to bring the ball down.  Another Christie throw is aimed at Duffy and Clark but Denmark clear.  7:59PM 13 mins The Danes are just knocking the ball about with Murphy the furthest player forward, about five yards into hosts half. Randolph does his job and his double save could be crucial come 90 minutes. First he pushes out low to his right from Laresen's shot, before he parries Cornelius' attempt.  7:55PM 9 mins The visitors get a throw and Christie sends it long but the ref sees a foul the free-kick to the hosts. Denmark looking a lot more confident and you get the sense that O'Neil's men will play it long or try and use pace to create something on the break 7:53PM 7 mins Eriksen gets the ball and I actually feel a little nervous for the visitors but Christie does well to get possession from the Spurs man. 7:51PM 5 mins Cornelius thinks he should have a corner and replays suggest he is right as Clark heads the ball away at the near corner flag. Randolph kicks it long and you suspect this could be the start of things to come.  The hosts look confident on the ball with every Irish player back in their own half. 7:48PM Kick-off And we are off. Both teams look like they are starting with four at the back as the visitors get the first deadball. Duffy was there waiting, but Cornelius heads it clear.  7:45PM Your teams Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:44PM Ooh, acapella So the Danish anthem is an acapella number; but not the kind you see on X-Factor.  Very passionate and backed up with fireworks. Let's hope the game is as dramatic.  7:41PM Moments away The players are on the pitch, Roy Keane is looking moody. that means it's time for the national anthems. 7:40PM You can't argue with this @NatashaSHenry score draw! Ireland to score early or very late & concede a schoolboy error goal we don’t do it any other way. Warriors needed tonight & that spirit is in every Irish person! Come on Ireland! 1-1— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) November 11, 2017  Will John be right? 7:39PM The teams are in the tunnel I hope you've got your drinks and snacks as there is not long to go.  7:30PM 15 minutes until kick-off A reminder of those teams:  Team to play Rep Ireland: Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:28PM O'Neil on O'Dowda "He's playing very well, he's got a little bit of pace and I hope he can cause them a few places. He'll start in robbie Brady's position. He can change, he's adaptable as he has shown for Bristol City. " We'll soon see if he is right... 7:27PM Two up top Kevin Doyle, former Cork City and Reading striker, believes that Martin O'Neil should've started with Daryl Murphy and Shane Long up front. Together.  Does he know nothing of modern football? 7:24PM Hello Davy Keogh Davy Keogh says 'hello' Credit: PA 7:21PM The Danes There have been five changes from their last game which was a 1-1 draw with Romania.  Andreas Cornelius, Andreas Bjelland, Peter Ankersen, Jens Larsen and Mathias Jorgensen all come into the squad with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Nicklas 'Lord' Bendtner among those dropping to the bench.  Obviously we know all about Christian Eriksen, but Simon Kjaer and Kasper  Schmeichel could be just as influential over the two legs.  7:12PM Rep of Ire side The biggest discussion so far seems to be the inclusion of  Callum O'Dowda. the Brstol City winger replaces the banned David Meyler and tonight will be his eighth international cap.  That is the only change but they have a few names that will be familiar to Premier league fans with John O'Shea, Shane Long and Glenn Whelan all on the bench tonight. 7:08PM The visiting captain Tonight's captain, Ciaran Clark! �� #COYBIGpic.twitter.com/ftzHxLGDM8— FAIreland ⚽️���� (@FAIreland) November 11, 2017 7:05PM The team news Team to play Rep Ireland:Schmeichel, Ankersen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto, Cornelius, Jorgensen Subs: Lossl, Hansen, Jensen, Vestergaard, Christensen, Bendtner, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Fischer, Lerager, Schone, Poulsen Team to play Denmark: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Arter, O'Dowda, Brady, McClean, Murphy Subs: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, McShane, Whelan, McGeady, S. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Doherty, Hogan, K. Long 7:03PM Good evening We'll be bringing you all the news from the Telia Parken stadium as Denmark and Republic of Ireland go head-to-head in this play-off first-leg. 6:59PM Denmark v Republic of Ireland What is it? It's the World Cup play-off first leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, so November 11. What time is kick-off? At 7.45pm. Where is it? At Denmark’s Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Main Event and Football. Their programme starts at 7.30pm. Alternatively, bookmark this page and come back on Saturday for our live blog.  Watch Denmark vs Republic of Ireland on Saturday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Jeff Hendrick has handed Ireland a major boost ahead of the first leg. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder was able to train with the rest of his team-mates on Thursday before the squad headed to Copenhagen after previously working with the Football Association of Ireland's medical team as he attempted to shake off a gluteal muscle injury. Jeff Hendrick has given Ireland a timely boost Credit: PA He was joined on the training pitch by club-mate Stephen Ward, with the full-back having been rested as a precaution earlier in the week. Hendrick's presence among the travelling party was all the more welcome because of the absence of David Meyler through suspension for the first leg and James McCarthy with a hamstring problem. What are they saying? Denmark coach Age Hareide on Christian Eriksen carrying the hopes of a nation: "You always feel he will create chances and produce something special," Hareide said. "So often a player like that, capable of extraordinary things, can be the difference when a match is very tight - especially against a team as well-organized as Ireland." Roy Keane on working with Martin O'Neill and Ireland: "I enjoy working with Martin, the staff and the FAI, and the only thing on my mind in the next few days is helping the team try to get to the World Cup. "In terms of club management, all that is on the back burner at the moment." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Denmark 3/4 Draw 9/4 Ireland 5/1 What's our prediction? Ireland to grab a decent 1-1 draw to take back to the Aviva Stadium.

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