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Martin O’Neill fails to ignite Irish optimism in Denmark stalemate

• Republic of Ireland 0-0 Denmark
• O’Neill’s side pick up first Nations League point

A clean sheet is not to be sniffed at, especially after the two spankings suffered by the Republic of Ireland in their last two competitive matches. But nothing here suggested Martin O’Neill’s side will clamber off the bottom of their Nations League group by beating Wales on Tuesday, nor that a bright future lurks just beyond that.

O’Neill tried things and the Irish fought hard. So there was that. But Ireland’s execution of even basic ploys was mostly dreadful. The sad thing as far as the spectacle was concerned was that Denmark, though tidier, had no imagination.

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