Republic of Ireland out to change Denmark’s mood in World Cup play-off

Martin O’Neill has two games to qualify for Russia 2018 with what he hopes will be the Republic of Ireland’s third successive play-off win

The United Nations has classed Denmark as the happiest country in the world for three of the past five years, with Gallup research reckoning that the average Dane experiences 80 positive emotions per day. The factors assessed include affluence, stability, health, education and personal fulfilment. Football success does not come into it, apparently.

On Saturday evening, all the same, most of the 38,000 people at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium will giddily urge the home team to take a decisive step towards next year’s World Cup, while Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland will strive to bring a little misery to Denmark.

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