Denmark reach World Cup, doom Ireland after Eriksen's hat trick

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

Hat-trick hero Christian Eriksen was the difference as Denmark silenced a thunderous Dublin crowd to beat the Republic of Ireland 5-1 Tuesday and book its ticket to the 2018 World Cup. It is the fifth time that the Danes have qualified for world football's showpiece event.

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.

A 0-0 draw in the opening leg in Copenhagen meant the tie was there for the taking for either side, and the hosts made the flawless start as Shane Duffy headed them ahead inside six minutes.

The early goal led to an open spell of play, with quality chances at both ends.

Sisto Emirmija's incisive run and low cross found Andreas Christensen, who knocked the ball off the post before the rebound took a deflection off of Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie and found the back of the net for 1-1.

And it was 2-1 in favour of the visitors three minutes later as Brady was dispossessed and Denmark pushed forward.

Eriksen scored two more goals, showing his complete superiority on the pitch, suggesting that Ireland's lack of a World Class player in this encounter left them out of the World Cup.

There was little fortune about Denmark's second goal in the 32nd minute as Eriksen fizzed one into the net via the underside of the bar from the edge of the box, Nicolai Jorgensen having fed the Tottenham man well in space after Stephen Ward lost the ball. The goal put him on a record 11 goals in World Cup qualifying for his country.

Substitute Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up the win with a penalty after being taken out by James McClean.

The result sees Denmark cement their place at next summer's World Cup from the European qualifiers, alongside Sweden, Switzerland and Croatia.

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