Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen nets a hattrick as Denmark dump Republic of Ireland out of next summer’s World Cup in the qualification playoffs.
Filed: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 21:35 UK
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 22:01 UK
Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen netted a hattrick at the Aviva Stadium as the hosts failed to build on their spirited goalless draw in the away leg three days ago.
Ireland’s evening started on a high note as Brighton & Hove Albion’s Shane Duffy nodded Martin O’Neill’s side in front with only seven minutes on the clock, getting his head to Robbie Brady‘s long free kick to guide the ball over Kasper Schmeichel in the Danish goal.
There were chances at both ends before the Danes drew level under fortuitous circumstances in the 29th minute, Andreas Christensen‘s close-range effort rebounding off the post and ending up in the net via a wicked deflection off Middlesbrough’s Cyrus Christie.
The hosts were reeling after conceding an away goal and they came undone again moments later as Eriksen helped himself to his second, the Spurs midfielder collecting the ball from Nicolai Jorgensen following a Stephen Ward error and smashing it home from close range via the underside of the crossbar.
Ireland failed to close down Eriksen all evening and he was on…