Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Denmark and Republic of Ireland in dour 0-0 stalemate

Denmark and Republic of Ireland in dour 0-0 stalemate

Republic of Ireland travel to Denmark this weekend for the first leg of their crucial 2018 World Cup qualification tie, with a place in Russian Federation next summer on the line.

The two sides will now reconvene at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday where Denmark will know that a score draw in 90 minutes will see them through to Russian Federation on the away goals rule.

"I think with the players that they possess, I believe that they are capable of scoring a goal, so it means we might have to score two to win the match".

What would have happened if we had committed a few more men forward and played with a little more ambition? "We know their threats even more now, if we defend like we did tonight, I'm sure we can score".

"If we can keep them out on their home patch we can do it on our home patch; they are a good team, a very good team and it was a very tough night but you could see their technical players struggled".

"We'll be hard to beat, disciplined", Duffy said.

Their second-place finish was comfortable in the end, with the Danes already guaranteed a place in the play-offs ahead of their final game against Romania, which was drawn 1-1.

We are 90 minutes away from our first World Cup since 2002 and Martin and his coaching staff would have jumped at the opportunity in front of us now if it was offered to us at the start of this qualifying campaign.

"You've got two games in relatively quick succession when you play global matches". We got a clean sheet out of it and that's a positive. "We've got to respect the opposition a little bit, they've got quality and we've got to soak up their pressure and they soaked up our pressure a little bit".

"I think that this turnaround is nothing new to ourselves or our opponents", he added.

However, Martin O'Neill's side may need to get hold of the ball a bit more on home soil after having just 28% possession in Denmark.

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