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Martin O'Neill: Republic of Ireland manager to discuss future

15 Novembre 2017

After missing out on it last time, Denmark will be in the World Cup after thrashing Ireland in Dublin, led by the sublime Christian Eriksen with a hat trick, and even Lord Nicklas Bendtner made himself useful with a 90th minute penalty.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill said his side were "well beaten" by Denmark in their World Cup play-off.

"We tried to play, and we got the openings, and we got the goals".

In the first leg against Denmark, his side had just 28% possession, while Southampton striker Shane Long, who has 17 global goals, started on the bench for both games.

And then up stepped Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to crush Ireland's hopes of a place in the final in Russian Federation with a expertly taken hat-trick. "We were well beaten in the end after a good start".

As long as Ireland kept Eriksen in check, things looked like in the first match, but Åge Hareide made a quick switch in tactics after early frustrations, which left Martin O'Neill completely confused, just like his players on the pitch.

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Next year's tournament in Russian Federation will be Denmark's fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010.

"I thought the first-half was silly how we set up, but what we did [with the subs] at half-time we were trying to work out who was going to play where". We are very much looking forward to it.

"I was surprised really because they played in a diamond - the midfield - with two forwards, and our centre-halves can handle two forwards, but that gave a lot of space in centre midfield for Eriksen."
We had to chase the game and Denmark took advantage.

"We highlighted Eriksen as the key player on Saturday and we sang the praises of the staff and players for marshalling him and to witness what we just seen here beggar's belief", he added.

Despite the defeat on Tuesday night, many will eventually reflect on the positive nature of the qualifying campaign which saw them finish second in a group they were seeded fourth in, getting the better of Austria and Wales to make it to the play-offs.

"There is two-on-one for a corner and Harry gets beaten but we should still be able to clear the ball and we haven't done that and the next goal is a comedy of mistakes". I take the more clinical shot rather than passing.

Martin O'Neill: Republic of Ireland manager to discuss future