The Republic of Ireland have been handed the advantage in Euro 2020 qualifying thanks to Denmark’s draw with Georgia.
Georgia held Ireland’s Group D rivals to a goalless draw in Tiblisi in a game that could have big ramifications for the qualification campaign. The result means Mick McCarthy’s side remain two points clear of the Danes, with both teams having played five games in the group so far.
Elsewhere in the group, Switzerland beat Gibraltar 4-0. Here is the group table after Sunday’s results:
Ireland have three games remaining. Next month, they travel to play Georgia on October 12 before playing Switzerland in Geneva three days later. McCarthy’s team end their group campaign on November 18, when they host Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.
The Danes also have three games left in the group. They host top seeds Switzerland next month, in a match they now surely have to win. Denmark then play Gibraltar and Ireland in November.
With three games remaining for both sides, Ireland undoubtedly hold the advantage, or are at least in control of their own destiny. However, it will still be far from easy for McCarthy’s team.
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Denmark struggled to break down a resolute Georgia side, who had their own chances to open the scoring. They will prove tricky opponents for Ireland, who then face a difficult tie against Switzerland a few days later.
Yet, McCarthy, his players and Ireland fans would have taken this scenario when the group draw was made. If they can gain five points from their remaining three games, that may be enough to see them over the line and claim one of the two top spots in the group, ensuring qualification for next summer’s tournament.