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RTE Panel Bring Ireland Down To Earth With Assessment Of Danish Draw

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifing Round Group D, Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark 7/6/2019 Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Shane Duffy scores their first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland picked up a valuable point in their battle for Euro 2020 qualification as they drew with Denmark in Copenhagen thanks to a late header from defender Shane Duffy.

The Boys in Green had looked promising in the first half playing a much more open style than they had done against the Danes in years past but they fell behind to the home side thanks to a goal from Pierre-Emile Holjberg with 20 minutes to go before the late equaliser.

Despite the very promising result, which leaves Ireland with seven points from a possible nine and top of their group, the RTE panel were, at times, less than optimistic about the performance they had just seen.

Richie Sadlier began proceedings outlining that he felt it was a “worrying performance” in the second half as Ireland allowed Denmark a host of chances which thankfully from an Irish perspective they couldn’t convert.

“Some of the technical aspects of the performance were worrying.”

Dietmar Hamann was even more negative than Sadlier explaining that he couldn’t find a single positive from Ireland’s display.

“On tonight’s showing, I struggle to find any positives bar the result,” he said.

“Denmark should have been three or four up before Duffy scored. Collectively we picked Duffy as man of the match before he scored. You’ve got a centre back who’s man of the match even though they had five, six, seven clear-cut chances. That shows things haven’t been right today.

“They’ve been chasing the game for 90 minutes. When you’re chasing the game, nobody’s showing for the ball. This is what happened tonight. I was disappointed out of possession because I don’t think they were smart enough or organised enough tonight…”

“They had a lot of blocks, the centre halves did tremendously well but the worst thing we can do now is say ‘oh we have character, we have resilience.’ They will need to be better than tonight”

It wasn’t all negative however with all three panellists praising the resilience Ireland showed as well as giving deserved props to Irish man of the match Shane Duffy. 

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