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Republic of Ireland hold dominant Denmark in Dublin

Jeff Hendrick fires his glorious chance wide in the controversial first-half incident

The Republic of Ireland earned their first Nations League point after a defensive display against a Denmark side minus star man Christian Eriksen.

Jeff Hendrick did miss a glorious and controversial early Irish chance after the Danes stopped playing following an injury to the Republic's Harry Arter.

However, the visitors dominated possession with Pione Sisto hitting the Irish woodwork just before half-time.

As the Irish rallied late on, Kasper Schmeichel denied Cyrus Christie.

Right at the death, the Republic had a penalty shout turned down after Shane Duffy was bundled over in the area but the Danes carved out with the majority of the chances with Arter clearing a Simon Kjaer header off the line shortly before being replaced.

After last November's disastrous 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat by the Danes at the same Aviva Stadium venue, allied to the 4-1 thumping by Wales last month, a cautious Irish display was always on the cards.

However, the lack of ambition from the home side did little to rouse the crowd on a low-key night as Denmark moved to four points in Group B4, one ahead of Wales.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Keogh
  • 4DuffyBooked at 90mins
  • 21Long
  • 2Doherty
  • 3ChristieBooked at 64mins
  • 8O'DowdaSubstituted forStevensat 45'minutes
  • 22ArterBooked at 8minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 9LongSubstituted forO'Brienat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doyle
  • 5Clark
  • 6Meyler
  • 7Williams
  • 10Maguire
  • 12Stevens
  • 14Robinson
  • 15Egan
  • 16McDermott
  • 17Hourihane
  • 18O'Brien
  • 19Hogan

Denmark

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Dalsgaard
  • 4Kjaer
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 17Stryger Larsen
  • 19Schöne
  • 8DelaneyBooked at 55mins
  • 20Poulsen
  • 11Braithwaite
  • 23Sisto
  • 9DolbergSubstituted forChristensenat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ankersen
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 5Knudsen
  • 6Christensen
  • 7Christiansen
  • 10Gytkjær
  • 12Jensen
  • 15Højbjerg
  • 16Lössl
  • 18Lerager
  • 21Cornelius
  • 22Rönnow
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamDenmark
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Denmark 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Denmark 0.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card.

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Lasse Schöne (Denmark).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Booking

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Thomas Delaney (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Braithwaite.

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden O'Brien replaces Shane Long.

Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jens Stryger Larsen.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Andreas Christensen replaces Kasper Dolberg.

Foul by Lasse Schöne (Denmark).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Schöne (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

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

Foul by Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jens Stryger Larsen.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

Attempt missed. Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Callum Robinson replaces Harry Arter.

Attempt missed. Lasse Schöne (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland).

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