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Eriksen hat-trick ends Republic of Ireland's World Cup hopes

Christian Eriksen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eriksen punishes individual errors

Martin O'Neill's Ireland side had lost just one of their previous 11 competitive games at home and they were heading to a World Cup for the first time since 2002 when Brighton's Duffy nipped in ahead of Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for the opener.

However, having decided to sit back on their advantage and play on the counter-attack, individual errors saw the game turn in Denmark's favour.

When the speedy Pione Sisto worked space on the left and played in Andreas Christensen, the Chelsea centre-back's effort came back off the post, but Christie was unable to react quickly enough to clear and only managed to send the ball into his own net.

With the Republic rattled, they conceded again just three minutes later. Burnley's Stephen Ward gave the ball away in his own half and the away side constructed a swift attack that ended with Tottenham's Eriksen curling in via the crossbar.

The home side pushed forward in the second period, but Eriksen found space on the edge of the box to finish off a break for his second, before Ward's miss-control in his own area allowed the Spurs midfielder to slam home his side's fourth.

Eriksen now has 21 goals for his country, 11 of which came in this qualifying campaign.

With a minute remaining, there was still time for further disaster as McClean tripped Bendtner in the area and the striker stroked home the fifth Danish goal from the spot.

O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane agreed new contracts with the Football Association of Ireland back in October but questions are now likely to be asked as to whether they are the right men to take the country forward in their next campaign.

More to follow.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Christie
  • 20Duffy
  • 3ClarkSubstituted forLongat 71'minutes
  • 17Ward
  • 18MeylerSubstituted forHoolahanat 45'minutes
  • 22ArterSubstituted forMcGeadyat 45'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 10Brady
  • 8Murphy
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 1Westwood
  • 4O'Shea
  • 5McShane
  • 6Whelan
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Long
  • 12O'Dowda
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Hourihane
  • 16Doyle
  • 19Hogan
  • 21Long

Denmark

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 6Christensen
  • 4Kjaer
  • 12Bjelland
  • 17Stryger LarsenSubstituted forAnkersenat 54'minutes
  • 7Kvist
  • 8Delaney
  • 20PoulsenSubstituted forCorneliusat 70'minutes
  • 10Eriksen
  • 23Sisto
  • 9JørgensenSubstituted forBendtnerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jensen
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 5Ankersen
  • 11Bendtner
  • 13Jorgensen
  • 14Knudsen
  • 15Braithwaite
  • 16Lössl
  • 18Lerager
  • 19Schöne
  • 21Cornelius
  • 22Ronnow
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamDenmark
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Denmark 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Denmark 5.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Peter Ankersen.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Denmark 5. Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Denmark. Nicklas Bendtner draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by James McClean (Republic of Ireland) after a foul in the penalty area.

Andreas Christensen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Foul by Pione Sisto (Denmark).

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Nicolai Jørgensen.

Attempt missed. Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Hand ball by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt missed. Pione Sisto (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Andreas Christensen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Denmark 4. Christian Eriksen (Denmark) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Ciaran Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Andreas Cornelius replaces Yussuf Poulsen.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Thomas Delaney (Denmark).

Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andreas Christensen (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Denmark 3. Christian Eriksen (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Foul by Thomas Delaney (Denmark).

Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) because of an injury.

Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Denmark) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Delaney.

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

goal

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