Heading into this game it felt like there as a great deal of trepidation amongst the Republic of Ireland fans. They’ve had to come face to face with the Danes quite a few times over the course of the last few years, and it hasn’t always gone brilliantly for them. Last night, though, they were able to rise up and prove themselves to be a solid team on the European stage as they grabbed what could prove to be a vital point.
There was a great deal of criticism for the Irish in the build up to this game, mainly from Denmark players and media members alike. They seemed to focus on the kind of negative football that they’ve seen the ROI play as of late, mocking them in the process. As opposed to rattling them, though, all they seemed to do was spur them on towards one of the best footballing performances they’ve produced in a long time.
The first half wasn’t really much to shout about, with both teams kind of trying to figure one another out. The Danes had a few decent opportunities, whereas Ireland certainly didn’t embarrass themselves. They were able to go toe to toe with them and while they didn’t quite reach the same heights in terms of natural quality, they definitely left their mark on the game.
A huge result
In the second half the hosts were able to step up the tempo, and with just 15 minutes remaining, Hojbjerg gave them the lead. It seemed as if they were nailed on to carry it through until the final whistle, only for Duffy to send the Irish fans crazy with an equaliser just five minutes from time. James McClean almost went on to win it, but alas, a point was still considered to be a solid result.
It ensures Ireland remain at the top of their qualification group for UEFA Euro 2020, whereas Denmark need to start thinking about stepping their game up a little bit. Switzerland are currently in second place, and while the Danes may have a game in hand on Georgia in third, they’ll almost certainly be feeling the pressure.
Denmark: Schmeichel (6), Dalsgaard (6.5), Kjaer (6), Christensen (7), Stryger Larsen (6.5), Schone (6), Hojbjerg (7.5), Delaney (6.5), Poulsen (7), Eriksen (6.5), Braithwaite (6), Dolberg (6.5), Jorgensen (6)
Ireland: Randolph (7), Coleman (7), Duffy (8), Keogh (6), Stevens (6.5), Brady (5.5), Hourihane (6), Whelan (6), Hendrick (6), McClean (6.5), McGoldrick (6), Judge (6.5), Hogan (6),
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir
Goals: Hojbjerg :: Duffy
Yellow Cards: Hourihane
Red Cards: N/A
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