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Live Reporting

Emlyn Begley

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  1. Goodnight

    Thanks for joining us today. It wasn't a pretty sight, but then it was never going to be.

    Martin O'Neill's quotes there lead me to believe that the Irish will go for the win in Dublin and not just play for penalties. That'll be nice.

    Plenty more play-off action this week. Join us tomorrow for Switzerland v Northern Ireland (1-0) and Greece v Croatia (1-4). Monday is Italy v Sweden (0-1), and Tuesday is the Republic of Ireland v Denmark (0-0).

    We'll have live texts on all those games.

  2. 'Tuesday night, it's there - we've got to win'

    More from Martin O'Neill to Sky Sports: "Denmark had the ball and were trying to probe for an opening. When we started to close them down, they lost their way a little bit. They're a good side.

    "An away goal would have been great but we didn't carve out that many chances so we can't start saying we should have got an away goal. Tuesday night, it's there - we've got to win the game. Everything to go for."

  3. Post update

    Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill to Sky Sports: "It was a tough evening. the players did splendidly and put a lot of effort in. It's all to play for. We have to win on Tuesday and might have to score a couple of goals. Denmark are capable of scoring.

    "They had one really great chance tonight after Darren Randolph parried a shot and Pione Sisto put it wide. I'm not really sure they had that many, bar the one Randolph tipped over the bar at the end. Darren has been superb.

    "We restricted them in that sense. We need be more creative and score a goal but we're still in this tie."

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    Joe in London: It’s almost as if Ireland want to take an away draw back to Dublin, and then win on home turf. Shameful professionalism.

    Mark in Warrington: To stop this killing of football why not have a one off game at a neutral venue and hopefully teams will play attacking football.

    Mark, I have watched nearly all of the Republic's qualifiers. Trust me, they'd still play like that at a neutral venue in a one-off game

  5. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    This is one of the most surprising stats I've seen.

    This is the first time that the Republic of Ireland have failed to score in an away international since November 2014. They had found the net in each of their last nine on the road.

  6. Unbeaten on the road

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    The Republic of Ireland have avoided defeat in all six of their World Cup 2018 qualifiers away from home, winning three and drawing the other three.

    James McClean of Ireland
  7. 'We'd have bitten off your hands for a one-off game'

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter to Sky Sports: "A draw has always got to be seen as a positive result. Although we could have done with scoring an away goal.

    "It's important not to go into the second tie losing. We kept them at bay over here, apart from the first 15 or 20 minutes.

    "I took up more of David Meyler's role [in holding midfield]. I was comfortable doing it.

    "The referee handled the game really well - he was aware of who was on a booking."

    On coming off in the second half: "The nerves are much worse when you're off the pitch. Credit to the lads, who dug in deep.

    "I just had a bit of cramp. I haven't been playing regularly."

    Does the World Cup feel close now?

    "It feels a bit closer than it did before the game. If before the campaign, we'd have been offered a one-off game against Denmark to qualify for the World Cup, we'd have bitten off your hands for it."

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    Tony Greaves: Probably be the same dull fodder on Tues. Both teams would be happy with pens I'll wager.

    Ed McKeon: Too many people being overly critical of an Irish football team that are just working with a system that suits the players they have. Sorry not sorry.

    Matt Jackson: Defensive discipline and a solid shape to be admired, not sneered at. All part of the game. If you want guaranteed action, go to the cinema.

    The last time I went to the cinema was to watch 'Gone Girl' Matt and that was dire too. Maybe I'll try something else...

  9. Post update

    Republic of Ireland winger Callum O'Dowda has said after the game that he was "disappointed not to get the three points".

    I think someone will have to explain to him how play-offs work.

  10. Post update

    Amazingly no players were booked. More than 10 players between both sides were one yellow card away from missing the second leg.

    Denmark's Simon Kjaer
  11. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    The away goals rule does count in the play-offs - so a Denmark goal in Dublin would leave the Irish needing two.

    But it does mean any potential extra time and (whisper it) penalties would be in front of a sea of green.


    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    We might as well not have bothered tonight. It becomes a one-legged play-off at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

    Full time in Copenhagen
  13. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Jens Stryger Larsen curls a shot over from distance - we're past the allotted time.

  14. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Denmark attack. Hoof. Denmark attack. Hoof.


    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    It's a second Aston Villa midfielder being brought on. Conor Hourihane replaces Jeff Hendrick. Seconds left.

  16. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    The Irish are just hanging on now. Panic stations. Jens Stryger Larsen's shot from the edge of the box is deflected by Cyrus Christie, and it could go ANYWHERE. Goes wide though.

    Nicklas Bendtner then fails to properly make contact with a shot, and now Darren Randolph catches well.

    This is Denmark's first good spell of the second half.

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    Nick Cassidy: Seriously, do either the Republic of Ireland or Denmark actually deserve to qualify on this showing?

    Andrew Swain: Please ref. Stop the game now. Truly awful football from Ireland.


    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    And at the end, Denmark almost win this game. Jens Stryger Larsen crosses from the left and Yussuf Poulsen's header is tipped over the bar by Darren Randolph.

    Three minutes added on.

    Ireland's goalkeeper Randolf tips the ball over the bar
  19. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Brady aims this free-kick at Shane Duffy - as he appears to do every time. The Brighton defender can only flick a header at Kasper Schmeichel.

  20. Post update

    Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Callum O'Dowda bursts past William Kvist and buys a free-kick. Denmark's manager doesn't look happy.