The Republic Of Ireland played out a 0-0 draw against Denmark in Copenhagen in the first leg of their World Cup qualification play-off.
It’s all to play for in Tuesday’s second leg in the Aviva Stadium. While tonight’s affair wasn’t pretty on the eye, especially from a football purist’s viewpoint, a clean sheet was kept on a night where goalkeeper Darren Randolph was man of the match which was a positive to take away.
There was no away goal scored by Ireland which means a score draw next week will not be enough to see Martin O’Neill’s side through to Russia 2018. However, going by tonight’s performance, there can certainly be a sense of optimism amongst the Irish band of followers. Neither team displayed a brand of football aimed at pleasing pundits and critics alike and neither were able to break the deadlock across the 90 minutes.
O’Neill remained positive in his outlook following tonight’s encounter, likening the situation his team now find themselves in to the crunch clash with Wales in the last group game of this campaign, where we must simply win the game to progress.
The Irish boss spoke to Tony O’Donoghue of RTÉ in the aftermath of tonight’s fixture and was keen to express how there is everything to okay for on Tuesday in Dublin.
See for yourself how O’Neill reacted to tonight’s spectacle:
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 11, 2017