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Republic of Ireland - Denmark
Euro Qualifying - 18 November 2019
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Full-time: Ireland 1-1 Denmark. DENMARK QUALIFY FOR EURO 2020! IRELAND MUST GO INTO THE PLAYOFFS!
Ireland have moved the ball much faster since Denmark scored and again get it into the box, Browne following up when it's cleared, but shooting directly into Braithwaite.
Schmeichel again takes bare time with his kick and this time he's booked.
Browne tosses in, Schmeichel comes miles to collect, gets nowhere near, and Stevens thrashes wide.
denmark keep it nicely, but then Jorgensen swipes it forward to no one.
There'll be four added minutes.
It takes Denmark about 53 goes to get the corner clear, but eventually they do. The ball them comes back, but ends up behind, and Schmeichel takes several hours over taking his goalkick.
Ireland build again and now look the more likely scorers - Denmark have brought that on themselves - and Doherty crosses to the near post, Maguire diving and someone knocking it behind for a corner.
Doherty down the right again, crossing low, but Denmark scramble clear.
Denmark might wonder why they sat back, inviting pressure - the only way Ireland were likely to score was by pouring it on and hoping for a break inside the box, which is what they got.
GOAL! Ireland 1-1 Denmark (Doherty) Doherty crosses from the right and misses everyone, but Stevens collects from the other side and clips in a fine cross, which he meets on the run, powering a mahoosive header past Schmeichel!
Change for Denmark and it's a defender for a midfielder, Christensen coming on for Schone.
Stevens finds McClean, driving through the middle and, 25 yards out, he has men in space on either side but opts to have a go, dragging a drive straight at Schmeichel. It's a shot on target i suppose, but there's not much else to be said for it.
The corner bobbles about but eventually Schone belts it clear.
Final shot for McCarthy: Maguire replaces Whelan.
Robinson crosses form the left and McGoldrick is up early; he misses his header backs it up and behind, but the ref gives a corner.
McGoldrick finds Doherty close to the by-line and his cross isn't awful, but no one attacks the near post and Schmeichel claims on the dive.
Ireland huff and puff. The house remains upright.
McClean half-leaps into a challenge with Braithwaite - it looks fair enough to me, just - but he catches his man in the follow-through, and the ref gives a foul. Braithwaite stays down, as you might, and mcClean gets so angry he mouths himself into the book.
Madon! Italy now lead Armenia 9 [nine]-1!
McCarthy needs to act, and fast. Will it be Maguire or Parrott?
GOAL! Ireland 0-1 Denmark (Braithwaite) This is a really good goal that gets better with every replay. Denmark win a throw on the left, deep inside the Ireland half, and Ireland let them knock it about until Dalsgaard bends a lovely ball into the box. But there's still everything to do, Braithwaite running from deep, away from Duffy, and leaping, leg extended, to deflect the ball inside the near post with his studs! that was coming, and Denmark are now back on top of the group!
Denmark are starting to push a little, and Hojbjerg takes a pass from Brathwaite, cushioning a first-time pass into the box for Dolberg. But Clark is in pursuit, robbing him, and the ref ignores the little kick he's given for his trouble.
I'm kind of surprised that McCarthy took Hourihane off, given how much of Ireland's tactics are predicated on the dead balls he takes. And I also wonder was to the point of having Parrott on the bench if he won't use him when a goal is required.
Zaniolo has scored again for Italy, who now lead Armenia 6-0.
Change for Ireland, Robertson replacing Hourihane.
McGoldrick has looked lively tonight, and when Stevens and McCelan link up, he's first to react when the cross comes in, seeking to control; the ball bounces back to him off Jorgensen, and again he's first to react, swivelling into a shot that flies over the top.
Poulsen gets himself some space at inside right and has Dolberg inside him, but Whelan holds him up and the eventuating square pass is intercepted by Hendrick.
McClean gets a flick at the near post to help Hourihane's corner along, but after extremely minor panic, Denmark get the ball away.
Stevens slides down the line to Hendrick, who tries to cross; Hojbjerg blocks behind for a corner.
Meanwhile, Hendrick nicks the ball around Kjaer who can't help but plough through him, doing well to avoid a booking.
Bit of possession from Denmark, who ought really to be passing around Ireland. I guess they know that Ireland probably won't score, but if they can get one, there's no chance of two.
But McGoldrick, who's looked confident all night, pulls out wide and goes at Larsen, getting outside him and driving in a low cross which wins a corner; Hourihane swirls in towards Clark, but the ball is slightly behind him and he can only drag a header over.
There is a phenomenal lack of quality here. Eriksen has barely had a kick.
Nice from Doherty, who beats two men before finding a lovely switch for McClean, who makes nothing of it. You probably guessed that bit.
Whelan leaps two-footed into a challenge with Dolberg, taking some of the ball; that probably saves him a red, but he well deserves his yellow.
Seitzerland now lead Gibraltar 3-0. Had they not won, Ireland would have needed a two-goal win, but given that they're going to, as we all knew they would, Ireland "only" need a win of any sort.
Ireland are going to get it, dominating possession and pushing men forward. Whether they can find it remains to be seen.
Another quiet period.
Hourihane goes short and takes the return pass, and then bends in a fine cross which, though it eludes everyone, forces Schmeichel to pat down in a minor fluster.
This is a good start to the half from Ireland, and they win a corner down the right...
McClean goes around Poulsen, who hacks him down; Hourihane swings over the free-kick from out on the left touchline, and no one gets anything on it.
Elsewhere, people are having fun.
Ireland have been forced into a change; Egan is hurt, so Ciaran Clark replaces him. "He can nick a goal off a set-piece", says someone in the studio, which tells you all you need to know about what's going on here.
Off we go again!
Back come the boyz.
It's hard to do justice to have bad that was. Two awful teams, being awful. Join me for the second half!
Half-time: Ireland 0-0 Denmark
He can't, but the ball comes back to him and he sweeps short to Whelan, whose cross is just too strong for Duffy at the far post.
McClean gets himself around Dalsgaard and drills his cross into the nearest shins; can Hourihane do anything with the corner?
There'll be three added minutes...
...his delivery is decent too, but Jorgensen is penalised for shoving Duffy.
Whelan is exceedingly late on Schone, who goes down, and Poulsen is down in the box, but he gets up and Eriksen prepares to chip in the free-kick...
Hourihane collects possession out on the left and makes like he's going to clip one in, but instead skids square to McGoldrick, who looks up and hammers a shot not too far wide. He's looking confident, as it goes.
This is a great stat.
On the plus side, it's nearly half-time. I recommend taking absinthe in your Bovril.
Larsen wellies one into touch, one bounce. Someone needs to direct him to Lansdowne.
McGoldrick wins a knockdown and the ball bounces up for Browne! He wipes his foot across it, and sends a loopy shot not that far wide of the far post.
Ital lead Armenia 4-0; Spain lead Romania 2-0.
Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggghhhhh! Stevens slides a ball in from the right and Jorgensen misses with his slide, so Hourihane collects and his first touch is a good one, taking him into the box, and he opens his body to stroke a sidefooter into the corner ... only to panic and pass it straight to Schmeichel. That was as good a chance as Ireland could've hoped for, and a miserable attempt at converting it.
Dolberg, who briefly looked like a player, replaces Cornelius.
Browne finds space down the right and looks to counter, so Schone chops him down and is booked.
Hojbjerg hoists into the box; Duffy heads clear.
It never rains! Cornelius, bandaged head and all, diddles a hammy! He walks off the pitch and that'll be the end of his night.
Ok, great. We're back to nothing happening.
Gosh, Cornelius looks groggy as you like, but he gets up and carries on. I'm not sure about that at all.
Cornelius wallops his head in a collision with Egan and is down getting bandaged.
Eriksen swings the corner out, and McGoldrick heads powerfully away.
Another cross from Dalsgaard goes off Egan and behind...
The ball comes over and ricochets off a couple of legs before Randolph collects.
Dalsgaard finds space down the right and crosses despite pressure from McClean; Cornelius is up, but the ball flicks off Egan and goes behind.
Stevens finds Whelan - Ireland are trying to play their way out of defence tonight - and Whelan plays his way out of play.
McGoldrick finds the ball in midfield and McClean is in space down the left, but he instead goes for Stevens, also that way but deeper, and Hojbjerg intercepts.
Nothing is happening. Nothing has happened.
This is a gorgeously terrible game.
Denmark knock it about slowly, like 80s Liverpool with a 1-0 lead and George Courtney refereeing.
Kjaer hits a long one up to Cornelius, who Egan throws to the ground. Free-kick Denmark, which comes to nothing.
I imagine Denmark are also happy with things. Ireland haven't harnessed the passion form the crowd, and look toothless. And, as I type that, Doherty finds Hendrick, who flicks the ball into himself.
Finally the ball goes out, Hojbjerg replacing Delaney.
Denmark are still down to 10 because the ball hasn't gone out - Ireland should chuck men forward and see what happens.
I don't suppose this has been a bad start for Ireland - they'll be happy with 0-0 at half-time I imagine, because all they'll be hoping for is one moment. And, into the bargain, one of Denmark's key men is off injured.
The game restarts, but Delaney looks finished.
Also in this group, Switzerland lead 1-0 in Gibraltar. Though they lie in second place, because these two meet one another, they're guaranteed to make the finals.
Delaney goes down hurt but his own team-mates don't put it out so nor do Ireland. Then we see what happened to him, and it looks a right sair yin - he's gone over on his ankle stretching into a challenge with Browne.
Elsewhere, Italy already lead Armenia 2-0 and Spain lead Romania 1-0.
Stevens clears and McClean lifts forward for McGoldrick; for a second it looks like he's got a run on Jorgensen, but again there's too much on the pass.
Duffy sling one long down the line, but there's too much welly on it for Browne.
It's a while since Ireland got a touch of the ball, but then Kjaer goes long and Duffy gets in front of Poulsen.
Denmark try to slow it down and "take the sting out of the game".
Ireland win a free-kick around halfway and Whelan thumps it up to Duffy on the far side of the box, but he can't win the header.
Denmark knock is about and eventually Ireland press. Even if that's not the tactic, they should start like it is and get the crowd up ... I mean upper. Denmark are a better side, so can't be allowed to settle.
I'm buzzing for this. Ireland can't fancy themselves in a playoff because they're devoid of difference-makers. Tonight might be their best chance of getting it done.
Off we go!
Egan and Duffy looks a decent pairing for Ireland in the middle of defence. I wonder who's been detailed to pick up Eriksen.
Here they come!
The players are in the tunnel and the Aviva looks wild. Lovely stuff.
Mick McCarthy tells us that Browne is on the right because he's played well for Preston and well in training. He's pleased to stop talking about the game and get to playing it.
Of course, these teams played a playoff to qualify for the last World Cup and, after a goalless first leg in Copenhagen, Ireland took the lead in Dublin ... only to lose 5-1, with Christian Eriksen scoring a hat-trick.
Christian Eirksen says he's excited for the game because it means something, and usually qualification is full of games that don't. That's a political problem as well as a footballing problem - there are so many countries now in Europe that it's not really possible to have lots of difficult groups, which is significant - it's not just a question of Uefa expanding the competition to make more money, though it also that. The first Euros I recall, in 1988, featured two groups of four, top two in the semis, final, done. Can anyone recall how Ireland did at those?
And here's what happened when Ireland played New Zealand at the weekend.
Here's what happened the last time these two met.
if ever there was a team picked to win 1-0, that Ireland team is it.
Denmark, meanwhile make three changes from the weekend's 6-0 win over Gibraltar. Out go Wass, Skov and Gytkjaer; in come Dalsgaard, Cornelius and Poulsen.
Ireland change formation following a chastening defeat by Swtizerland in their last competitive match. They played 3-5-2 for that one, matching up their opponents - a foolishness, given the quality imbalance between the teams - but are in a 4-5-1 tonight. From that XI, Coleman misses out with suspension and the two strikers are left out, Collins and Connolly. Coming in are Doherty - and really, is weird that he wasn't picked last time, given he's one of few Premier League-level players in the squad - Hourihane and McGoldrick.
Let's have some teams...
This is an absolute whopper! Basically, Ireland need a win to qualify; Denmark need a draw; and whichever doesn't make it will have a shy at a playoff. But who wants that?
Evening all, and welcome to Ireland v Denmark!