Subtlety, strategy and Christian Eriksen are all too much for Republic of Ireland | Louise Taylor

Ireland will be missed at the World Cup but they had no answer to the talismanic Christian Eriksen while Martin O’Neill’s strategy was so limited

They may have traded their longships for charter flights from Copenhagen but the red-and-white bedecked army marching towards arrivals at Dublin airport on Tuesday morning suggested the Viking spirit lives on.

Across town, those Danish fans later celebrated unrestrainedly as Age Hareide’s team ended Ireland’s World Cup dream. Substituting their ancestors’ blood-curdling violence with footballing intelligence, Denmark offered the sort of strategy and subtlety Martin O’Neill’s players simply could not muster. Along the way Christian Eriksen offered a masterclass in elusive movement and precise delivery, registering a gorgeous hat-trick in the process.

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