Denmark remain confident of sealing a place at next year’s World Cup despite being held to a scoreless draw against Ireland in Copenhagen.
Age Hareide’s side had most of the possession over the course of the 90 minutes at the Parken Stadium, but found chances hard to come by as Ireland sought to contain them and stifle their attack.
Despite their inability to score at home, Denmark know that a score draw at the Aviva will be enough to see them through to Russia in 2018. Speaking to RTE Sport after the match, Christian Eriksen, who himself struggled to impose himself on the game, said that they would be looking to use the away goals rule to their advantage in Dublin:
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“Of course we wanted to win. We had the chances to score but like the manager said at the end 0-0 is not a bad result for us.
“Now the goals count double for us but we need to change something if we want to score and we’ll be looking to change a bit.
“It will be a very exciting game and the atmosphere will be in the Irish favour but we have to turn that around and a goal will mean a lot.”
Hareide, meanwhile, feels that Denmark will prevail in Dublin if they play like they did in Copenhagen:
“We knew Ireland would be hard to break down and when you don’t take the chances, they were able to survive.
“We had 65 per cent of the ball. We played well enough to win. If we play like this in Dublin, we’ll win.
“I also think Ireland have to get forward more at home, the crowd will push them more forward and that will give us a little bit more space.”
The best Danish assessment of playing Ireland, however, must surely go to midfielder Thomas Delaney when speaking to Tipsbladet:
“We can draw 1-1 against Ireland, and then we are on. So that’s OK, but it was a hard fight – as expected and feared. We tried and tried, but it was a bit like opening a can of baked beans with your bare hands – it takes time.”
Despite the fact that they play in front of a home crowd on Tuesday, Ireland know that only a win will be enough to take them through to next year’s World Cup.
In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we review last week’s FAI Cup final with former Cork City defender Derek Coughlan and look ahead to Ireland’s massive World Cup play-off against Denmark.