Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Denmark coach thanks O'Neill after Eriksen runs riot in Dublin

Denmark coach thanks O'Neill after Eriksen runs riot in Dublin

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has admitted he is "gutted" that Ireland won't be at the World Cup after the Danes knocked them out of contention for Russian Federation 2018.

"Clueless. Absolutely clueless. To allow the players like they have the space, the time, in the key areas of the pitch, even the substitutions, Ciaran Clark coming off - unless he's injured - with Ward going to centre-half, I really don't know what I've witnessed".

If we did need firing up for the game, however, then RTÉ Sport, as they often do in these situations, have provided the flawless tonic with an inspirational promo starring none other than Brendan Gleeson for the big game.

However, Denmark bagged a third goal in the 63rd minute as Eriksen registered his second on the night with a fine effort from 20 yards.

"We were well beaten tonight by a side that was technically better than us and have a word-class player playing in their team, but I don't agree with you about luck running out".

The hosts upped the tempo for the rest of the first half, but they were unable to find the equaliser as they went into the break trailing.

O'Neill said: "The group have shown great determination, a great old spirit, this is the play-offs, this isn't the first match of a tournament, we've got to the play-off here in this competition".

"It's an incredible feeling", he told Sky Sports.

"It's a insane feeling, we've been fighting together for so long since the qualification started", he said. We are very much looking forward to it.

"It's not often I score a hat-trick so of course it's incredible taking your country to the World Cup with three goals away in a play-off". I don't think he will, I think he'll pick Long because Murphy had a tough game the other night.

O'Neill will have a full strength squad to pick from tonight as none of their eight players who started the first leg on a yellow card received another one.

"Mentally I have grown up".

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