UEFA Nations League - Group B4
R. of Ireland0Denmark0

Nations League: Republic of Ireland draw 0-0 with dominant Danes in Dublin

Jeff Hendrick fires his glorious chance wide in the controversial first-half incident
Jeff Hendrick missed a glorious early chance after the Danes had stopped playing because of an injury to the Republic's Harry Arter

The Republic of Ireland earned their first Nations League point with a defensive display against a Denmark side missing Christian Eriksen.

Jeff Hendrick did miss a glorious and controversial early chance after the Danes stopped playing following an injury to the Republic's Harry Arter.

However, the visitors dominated possession, with Pione Sisto hitting the woodwork just before half-time.

As the hosts rallied, Kasper Schmeichel denied Cyrus Christie.

The Republic had a late penalty shout turned down after Shane Duffy was bundled over in the area but the Danes carved out the majority of the chances, with Arter clearing a Simon Kjaer header off the line shortly before being replaced.

After last November's 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat by the Danes at the same venue, and a 4-1 thumping by Wales last month, a cautious Irish display was always on the cards.

However, the lack of ambition from the home side did little to rouse the crowd on a low-key night as Denmark moved to four points in Group B4, one ahead of Wales.

Bizarre early incident a big talking point

Hendrick should have put the Republic ahead in the fifth minute but a goal would surely have caused pandemonium after the Danes clearly stopped playing following the injury to Arter.

Denmark playmaker Thomas Delaney, expecting the ball to be kicked out of play, was robbed by Hendrick but, with only Schmeichel to beat, the Burnley midfielder pushed his shot wide.

Hendrick said afterwards he had "no idea" Arter had fallen to the turf and had "played to the whistle as we were always told right from when we were kids".

Schmeichel and Denmark captain Kjaer made their views known to Hendrick after the incident, with James McClean also getting involved before matters calmed.

Harry Arter was back in the Republic side after resolving his differences with Roy Keane
Harry Arter cleared a goalbound Simon Kjaer header off the line in the second half

Six Republic changes from Wales hammering

Republic boss Martin O'Neill made six changes from last month's hammering by Wales as he handed a first start to Wolves right-back Matt Doherty.

Doherty replaced injured skipper Seamus Coleman, with Arter also back in the side after his withdrawal from last month's games following his much-publicised bust-up with assistant boss Roy Keane.

McClean and Shane Long returned after injury with O'Neill opting to draft in Richard Keogh and Kevin Long into a three-man defence alongside Duffy.

However, the three-man defence quickly evolved into a five-man rearguard as wing-backs Doherty and McClean got precious little time to get forward.

After a chastening outing for Fulham against Arsenal last weekend, Christie was selected in an unfamiliar central-midfield role but went on to perform a solid job.

Arter sat in front of the Irish back three and fulfilled the task reasonably well, despite an early booking for a wild lunge on Middlesbrough's Martin Braithwaite, and cleared a Kjaer headed off the line just before his substitution.

Danes soon take control

After Hendrick's controversial early chance, the Danes took control as Borussia Dortmund's Delaney and Ajax's Lasse Schone bossed the midfield exchanges despite being outnumbered.

However, despite dominating possession, the visitors were lacking attacking thrust as Eriksen's absence gave the Irish defence badly needed respite.

Against the run of play, the Republic could have taken the lead on 39 minutes as Brighton centre-back Duffy headed wide from point-blank range after a Hendrick free-kick.

Denmark responded by going close twice before the break as Doherty's intervention diverted a Mathias Jorgensen effort wide, and Celta Viga player Sisto clipped the outside of Darren Randolph's left-hand post after cutting inside Christie from the left wing.

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Cyrus Christie upbeat after Republic of Ireland draw with Denmark

Stevens arrival improves Republic shape

The introduction of Sheffield United wing-back Enda Stevens for Callum O'Dowda at half-time allowed McClean to push into a more advanced role, but the visitors continued to dominate possession.

Despite owning the ball in the 15 minutes after half-time, Denmark's only real chance was Kjaer's effort which was cleared off the line by Arter.

As so often happens at the Aviva Stadium after being second fiddle for the most part, the hosts' best period came during a frenetic closing quarter, with Schmeichel spreading himself to deny Christie after Shane Long's lay-off.

Southampton striker Long, while still without an international goal since November 2016, battled manfully all night as he won a number of free-kicks for his side and held the ball up well before running out of legs in the second half.

Randolph had to make late saves from club-mate Braithwaite and Delaney to keep the Irish on terms before Duffy's late penalty claim after his coming-together with Brentford defender Henrik Dalsgaard.

What's next?

The Republic continue their Nations League campaign against Wales in Dublin on Tuesday before their concluding return game with the Danes on 19 November.

Three days before that, Denmark play Wales in their penultimate game in Group B4.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Keogh
  • 4DuffyBooked at 90mins
  • 21Long
  • 2Doherty
  • 3ChristieBooked at 64mins
  • 8O'DowdaSubstituted forStevensat 45'minutes
  • 22ArterBooked at 8minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 9LongSubstituted forO'Brienat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doyle
  • 5Clark
  • 6Meyler
  • 7Williams
  • 10Maguire
  • 12Stevens
  • 14Robinson
  • 15Egan
  • 16McDermott
  • 17Hourihane
  • 18O'Brien
  • 19Hogan

Denmark

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Dalsgaard
  • 4Kjaer
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 17Stryger Larsen
  • 19Schöne
  • 8DelaneyBooked at 55mins
  • 20Poulsen
  • 11Braithwaite
  • 23Sisto
  • 9DolbergSubstituted forChristensenat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ankersen
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 5Knudsen
  • 6Christensen
  • 7Christiansen
  • 10Gytkjær
  • 12Jensen
  • 15Højbjerg
  • 16Lössl
  • 18Lerager
  • 21Cornelius
  • 22Rönnow
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
41,220

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamDenmark
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Denmark 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Denmark 0.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card.

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Lasse Schöne (Denmark).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Booking

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Thomas Delaney (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Braithwaite.

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden O'Brien replaces Shane Long.

Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jens Stryger Larsen.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Andreas Christensen replaces Kasper Dolberg.

Foul by Lasse Schöne (Denmark).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Schöne (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jens Stryger Larsen.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

Attempt missed. Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pione Sisto.

Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Callum Robinson replaces Harry Arter.

Attempt missed. Lasse Schöne (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Delaney (Denmark) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland).

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