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.
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.
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
Yellow Cards: Christie
Red Cards: N/A
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