Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark: World Cup play-off second leg – as it happened

Denmark gave woeful Ireland a footballing lesson to win their place at Russia 2018

Great Danes: Christian Eriksen was the stand-out player for Denmark, bagging himself the match ball with a sublime hat-trick comprised of two thunderbolts and one deft purler. His hat-trick was bookended by a Cyrus Christie own goal and Nicklas Bendtner penalty to complete a thoroughly miserable evening for Ireland, who opened the scoring through Shane Duffy after just six minutes. It seems a long time ago now.

Peep! Peep! Peeeeep! It’s all over in Dublin, where Denmark have thrashed the Republic of Ireland to earn their place at Russia 2018. As the Danish players celebrate, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can only look on with their arms folded. Out on the pitch, their charges look devastated, but can have no complaints. They simply weren’t anywhere near good enough and didn’t deserve to advance from this tie after a performance of such risible quality. It’s difficult to believe they actually led this match at one point …

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