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Christian Eriksen netted a unbelievable hat-trick as Denmark sealed their spot on the 2018 FIFA World Cup by beating the Republic of Ireland 5-1 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium within the second leg of their play-off on Tuesday.
A Zero-Zero draw within the opening leg in Copenhagen meant the tie was there for the taking for both facet, and the hosts made the proper begin as Shane Duffy headed them forward inside six minutes.
But Denmark then took management and equalised by means of a Cyrus Christie personal objective simply earlier than the half-hour mark. Three minutes later Eriksen then netted a surprising strike to show the tie on its head, and the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker netted twice extra within the second half to prime a surprising efficiency.
Ireland’s distress was added to within the dying minutes when substitute Nicklas Bendtner gained after which transformed a penalty.
Elsewhere in World Cup qualifying, two lifeless rubbers have been performed out in Africa’s Group D, with Burkina Faso beating Cape Verde Four-Zero and Senegal sealing a 2-1 win over South Africa.
UEFA World Cup Play-Off: 2nd Leg
Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark (Denmark win 5-1 on mixture)
CAF World Cup Qualifiers: Group D
Burkina Faso Four-Zero Cape Verde
Senegal 2-1 South Africa
Senegal already certified as group winners. Full standings right here, through FIFA.
The Aviva was bouncing forward of kick-off in Dublin as Ireland anticipated a possible first World Cup spot since 2002.
Martin O’Neill would have been delighted along with his facet’s begin when Duffy rose brilliantly to beat the onrushing Kasper Schmeichel to a dropping ball on the six-yard line and headed it into the web.
Denmark had didn’t clear Robbie Brady’s lengthy free-kick supply from the midway line.
The guests responded brilliantly to going behind, forcing two effective saves from Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph earlier than the 20-minute mark and controlling possession.
They have been rewarded for his or her efforts within the 29th minute when Pione Sisto labored into the field brilliantly after a brief nook and performed a harmful ball throughout the six-yard line.
Andreas Christensen’s close-range effort hit the put up however was then bundled in by the hapless Christie.
There was little fortune about Denmark’s second objective within the 32nd minute as Eriksen fizzed one into the web through the underside of the bar from the sting of the field, Nicolai Jorgensen having fed the Tottenham man properly in house after Stephen Ward misplaced the ball.
Per Sky Sports Statto, Eriksen has been in exceptional kind for his nationwide crew of late:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
9 targets in 2018 World Cup qualifying
13 targets in final 15 internationals (6 in earlier 60)
Scored in 7 of final eight video games for Denmark https://t.co/9L2BSPLHN3
He proved the distinction between the 2 sides as he netted twice extra after the break to safe Denmark’s spot in subsequent yr’s Russia match.
Just after the hour, Eriksen produced one other good end, this time curling an effort previous Randolph from the sting of the field after being allowed far an excessive amount of house.
And he then pounced on Ward’s mis-control within the field and cannoned residence from 14 yards within the 73rd minute earlier than an emphatic Bendtner penalty added gloss to the outcome for the guests.