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Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland: A dull encounter

Harry Kettle in Editorial, European Championships 19 Nov 2018

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Many fans were cautious when the UEFA Nations League was first announced, with the general belief being that it was a good idea – in theory. Now that we’re through the first phase it certainly seems like more and more fans are coming around to it, given that we’re able to see a more competitive side of qualifiers.

Nothing to shout about

Two nations who have been attempting to benefit from the change in structure are Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, but tonight, neither side was able to make much noise in the final Group B4 game.

The Danes have had their number on more than one occasion as of late, and it seemed as if that’d be the case once again with their best chance falling to Nicolai Jorgensen who hit the post – and Poulsen also had a great opportunity that he squandered. Ireland, on the other hand, have now gone four games without a goal as the cries to get rid of Martin O’Neill grow louder and louder.

Embarrassing display

With no shots on target throughout the course of the game Ireland fans will be left feeling pretty embarrassed by their team’s performance, especially given Denmark’s 75% possession stat. You’d think that would wind up being the catalyst behind a return to form after realising how bad things have gotten in recent months, but they don’t appear to be all too motivated to change.

Denmark’s promotion will see them continue their surge towards UEFA Euro 2020, whereas Ireland have suffered relegation to League C as a result of their poor form. Both nations still harbour realistic ambitions of qualifying for the tournament, but neither will be inspiring the masses anytime soon.

Match Report

Denmark: Ronnow (6), Ankersen (6.5), Jorgensen (6.5), Bjelland (7), Knudsen (6.5), Schone (6), Hojbjerg (6.5), Braithwaite (6), Eriksen (6.5), Poulsen (6), Jorgensen (5.5), Cornelius (N/A), Lerager (6), Gytkjaer (6)

Ireland: Randolph (6), Keogh (6.5), Duffy (7), Long (6.5), Coleman (6), Christie (6), Hendrick (6), Brady (6.5), Stevens (6), O’Dowda (5.5), O’Brien (6), Robinson (6.5), Obafemi (N/A), Curtis (6)

Referee: Aliyar Aghayev

Goals: N/A

Yellow Cards: Christie

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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