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Republic of Ireland hold nerve to take Denmark back to Dublin level

Easy to read, difficult to beat. The Denmark manager, Age Hareide, will take no satisfaction from the fact his assessment of the Republic of Ireland team turned out to be spot-on. Martin O’Neill, by contrast, can be happy Ireland’s World Cup fate will be determined in Dublin, a goalless draw ensuring the suspense in this play-off will carry over into Tuesday’s second leg

What is more, Ireland will be at full strength for that match, as none of the eight Irish players who started on a yellow card received another one, and David Meyler, forced to sit this one out, will return from suspension. This was a disciplined and spirited performance. All that was missing was a breakaway goal, although Cyrus Christie almost nicked one towards the end of the first half.

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