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FIFA World Cup Play Off | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
14 November 2017 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 5 Denmark

Duffy(6) Full-time A. Christensen(29) Eriksen(32, 63, 74) Bendtner(90pen)
Republic of Ireland Denmark

REPORT: Ireland 1-5 Denmark

Ireland were denied a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as Denmark ran out 5-1 winners at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin thanks to a Christian Eriksen-inspired hat-trick.
Play Off
14th Nov 2017

The match started with a bang for Martin O' Neill's charges when a Robbie Brady free kick angled in to a crowded 18-yard box saw Shane Duffy rise highest to power the ball over the 'keeper and into the net in the sixth minute to send the home crowd wild.

In the 17th minute, Denmark fashioned a chance through William Kvist, forcing Darren Randolph to produce a superb save, palming the ball away for a corner which came to nothing. Moments later, the Irish 'keeper denied Pione Sisto from close range after he was played in by the influential Eriksen.

Cyrus Christie produced a great whipped cross from the right flank in for Daryl Murphy not long after that, but the towering striker's inventive flicked effort hit the wrong side of the net. Brady and James McClean linked up superbly on the opposite wing moments later, the Derry man receiving a glorious through ball from his team-mate before rifling a shot across the face of goal, agonisingly wide of the mark.

Denmark would score their first in the 29th minute when Sisto produced a bit of magic down the left-hand side of the box, dinking the ball into the area for Andreas Christensen to prod the ball goal-ward, and Christie couldn't keep it out on the line as it cannoned off the post and in off his foot.
Denmark took the lead two minutes later. Eriksen found himself in space inside the area, producing the goal of the night, smacking the ball in off the crossbar.

The Danes started the second half the brighter, but it was Ireland who carved open the first clear-cut chance when Duffy almost doubled his tally with a header from close range only for Kasper Schmeichel to deny him at close range.

Eriksen pounced on the counter attack not long afterwards, forcing Randolph into another great save before he had to be alert to the second chance, but still Ireland continued to battle, energised by the half-time introductions of Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady - however when Eriksen found himself in space on the edge of the Irish danger zone in the 63rd minute, he essentially ended the contest with a sublimely-struck long-range strike from 25 yards.

Ten minutes later and Eriksen had his hat-trick to make it 4-1 on the night. After some solid work by Sisto on the left flank again, the ball was laid off for Delaney and although Ward stuck his foot out to block the cross, it got stuck under him and popped out for Eriksen to run on to and smash past the helpless Randolph.

Ireland had chances to score in the second half - through Duffy and Shane Long late on - but the Boys in Green were unable to take them, conceding a Nicklas Bendtner penalty at the death to complete the disappointing finale to what was a positive qualifying campaign overall.

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie, Ciaran Clark (Shane Long 71), Daryl Murphy, Robbie Brady, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward, David Meyler (Wes Hoolahan 46), Shane Duffy, Harry Arter (Aiden McGeady 46)

Substitutes: Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle, John O' Shea, Paul McShane, Glenn Whelan, Shane Long, Callum O' Dowda, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Kevin Long

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Nicolai Jorgensen (Nicklas Bendtner 84), Christian Eriksen, Andreas Bjelland, Jense Stryger Larsen (Peter Ankersen 54), Yussuf Poulsen (Andreas Cornelius 70), Pione Sisto

Substitutes: Frederik Ronnow, Jonas Lossi, Mike Jensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Mathias Jorgensen, Jonas Knudsen, Martin Braithwaite, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, 

12th Man Guide: Ireland v Denmark

Republic of Ireland take on Denmark in the FIFA World Cup 2nd Leg at the Aviva Stadium.
Supporters
14th Nov 2017

Tickets

FAI Ticket Collections will be open from 14:00 until kick-off at Lansdowne Rugby Club

General

All food and beverage outlets will be open throughout the stadium from 18:15 for General Admission tickets and from 17:45 for Premium Level ticket holders. Supporters are encouraged wear green and to be in the stadium at least one hour early to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. 

Safety & Security
Supporters travelling to Aviva Stadium are advised to arrive at least one hour ahead of kick-off to get through security and they are reminded of new security measures:

- Aviva Stadium Management are introducing a “No Bag Policy” to all events in the stadium

- It is important that supporters do not bring any bags or rucksacks to the game

- Searching procedures will be in place at all entry points and because of this it is advisable all supporters arrive a little earlier than normal

- Extra Safety & Security measures will be in place at this fixture

Match Programme
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Live Coverage
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FIFA World Cup Play Off 2nd Leg
Republic of Ireland v Denmark
Aviva Stadium, KO 19:45
 

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Christie 3 Clark 8 Murphy 10 Brady 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 17 Ward 18 Meyler (C) 20 Duffy 22 Arter

Denmark

1 Schmeichel (G) 4 Kjær (C) 6 A. Christensen 7 Kvist 8 Delaney 9 N. Jørgensen 10 Eriksen 12 Bjelland 17 Stryger Larsen 20 Y. Poulsen 23 Sisto

Substitutes

  • 22 Frederik Rønnow (G)
  • 16 Jonas Lössl (G)
  • 2 Mike Jensen
  • 3 Jannik Vestergaard
  • 5 Peter Ankersen
  • 11 Nicklas Bendtner
  • 13 Mathias Jørgensen
  • 14 Jonas Knudsen
  • 15 Martin Braithwaite
  • 18 Lukas Lerager
  • 19 Lasse Schöne
  • 21 Andreas Cornelius

Officials

  • Referee Szymon Marciniak
  • Assistant Referee Paweł Sokolnicki
  • Assistant Referee Tomasz Listkiewicz
  • 4th Referee Paweł Raczkowski
  • Uefa Delegate João Morais
  • Referee Observer Markus Nobs
  • Paula Ewelina Rewers
  • Timothy Tuomey
  • Media Officer Andrew Mitchell

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Christian Eriksen (Denmark).
  • 3" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Pione Sisto (Denmark).
  • 3" Andreas Bjelland (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Simon Kjær (Denmark) fouls.
  • 6" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 8" Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) is penalised for a foul on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Thomas Delaney (Denmark).
  • 9" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 10" Jens Stryger Larsen (Denmark) misses the target.
  • 14" Thomas Delaney (Denmark) has a shot blocked.
  • 14" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 15" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 15" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) is penalised for a foul on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 16" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 17" William Kvist (Denmark) has an attempt on goal.
  • 17" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 17" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the corner.
  • 17" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on William Kvist (Denmark).
  • 18" William Kvist (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 18" Pione Sisto (Denmark) has an attempt on goal.
  • 18" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 19" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) delivers the corner.
  • 21" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 22" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 24" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 28" Pione Sisto (Denmark) has a shot blocked.
  • 28" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 29" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the corner.
  • 29" Andreas Christensen (Denmark) scores!
  • 32" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) scores!
  • 33" Thomas Delaney (Denmark) fouls.
  • 34" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 34" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 44" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andreas Christensen (Denmark).
  • 45" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Wes Hoolahan (in) - David Meyler (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 46" Aiden McGeady (in) - Harry Arter (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 47" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 48" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Pione Sisto (Denmark).
  • 48" Pione Sisto (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Pione Sisto (Denmark) has a shot blocked.
  • 49" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the corner.
  • 51" Pione Sisto (Denmark) misses the target.
  • 53" Pione Sisto (Denmark) has an attempt on goal.
  • 53" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 53" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) delivers the corner.
  • 54" Peter Ankersen (in) - Jens Stryger Larsen (out) (Denmark)
  • 55" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 55" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 55" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) blocks a shot.
  • 57" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) has an attempt on goal.
  • 57" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 57" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 57" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) blocks a shot.
  • 58" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 60" Andreas Christensen (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Thomas Delaney (Denmark) is penalised for a foul on Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) scores!
  • 64" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 65" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) delivers the corner.
  • 65" Andreas Christensen (Denmark) misses the target.
  • 66" Thomas Delaney (Denmark) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 66" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 66" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Andreas Cornelius (in) - Yussuf Poulsen (out) (Denmark)
  • 71" Shane Long (in) - Ciaran Clark (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 74" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) scores!
  • 75" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 75" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Pione Sisto (Denmark) misses the target.
  • 77" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) handles the ball.
  • 77" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 81" Christian Eriksen (Denmark) takes the corner.
  • 81" Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) misses the target.
  • 84" Nicklas Bendtner (in) - Nicolai Jørgensen (out) (Denmark)
  • 84" Pione Sisto (Denmark) is penalised for a foul on Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 84" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 85" Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) has an effort on goal.
  • 85" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Andreas Christensen (Denmark).
  • 87" Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) was fouled in the penalty area by James McClean (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90" Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 90+2" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+2" Simon Kjær (Denmark) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 90+3" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Denmark

Corners Won

3 7

Shots on Target

3 10

Shots off Target

8 5

Fouls Committed

12 7
  • Republic of Ireland

    Denmark

  • 1Goals5
  • 0Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal10
  • 8Shots Wide5
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 8Save(s)3
  • 12Total Shots18
  • 12Fouls Committed7
  • 3Corner(s)7
  • 1Offside(s)0