Denmark qualifies for World Cup with 5-1 rout of Ireland

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

After missing out on it last time, Denmark will be in the World Cup after thrashing Ireland in Dublin, led by the sublime Christian Eriksen with a hat trick, and even Lord Nicklas Bendtner made himself useful with a 90th minute penalty.

The sides had played out a numb goalless draw in Copenhagen and the six previous playoff games across the globe had all finished goalless, with tensions at their highest, but this return leg was a superb contest from the beginning as Irish defender Shane Duffy opened the scoring with a sixth-minute header.

Despite falling behind early, the Scandinavians responded with five unanswered goals to secure their place at Russian Federation 2018, with Christian Eriksen leading the way with a hat-trick in Dublin.

But Denmark then took control and equalised through a Cyrus Christie own goal just before the half-hour mark.

They levelled matters on 29 minutes following a short corner.

They were rewarded for their efforts in the 29th minute when Pione Sisto worked into the box brilliantly after a short corner and played a unsafe ball across the six-yard line.

Three minutes later, an unmarked Eriksen put the Danes in front with an unstoppable finish off the underside of the crossbar after the visitors broke forward on the counter-attack.

Eriksen scored two more goals, showing his complete superiority on the pitch, suggesting that Ireland's lack of a World Class player in this encounter left them out of the World Cup.

Eriksen would claim the match ball with a fortuitous third goal on 74 minutes, as he powered home with his right foot after Stephen Ward misplayed Jorgensen's cross into the Irish box.

He proved the difference between the two sides as he netted twice more after the break to secure Denmark's spot in next year's Russian Federation tournament.

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