After passing up on the last two editions of the Environment Cup, Denmark has punched its ticket to Russia 2018, thanks to three spectacular goals from their superstar Christian Eriksen. His hat technique helped Denmark to a 5-1 win on the night and on aggregate over the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland actually got off to a spectacular start, creating Aviva Stadium to erupt when Shane Duffy scored a header to give his team the lead.
They’re going crazy in Dublin! Shane Duffy with the early goal for the Boys in Green. #IRLDEN https://t.co/SvtfnfKvjp – FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 14, 2017
But Denmark got back into the match in slightly fortunate fashion. Pione Sisto did some incredible work soon after a set piece to achieve the ball to Andreas Christensen, though his shot wasn’t evidently goal-bound. Nonetheless, he got enough on it to give Cyrus Christie some complications, and the Irish defender pushed the ball into his own net rather than clearing.
Luck of the Irish for Denmark! #DENvIRE pic.twitter.com/ZODXpxvGO9 – Unusual Efforts (@UnusualEfforts) November 14, 2017
The match stayed even for a couple of minutes after that, with Ireland keeping possession and searching capable of pushing for an equalizer. But they had been quickly undone by a precise counter-attack, and a spectacular complete by Eriksen. Darren Randolph got no chance to save this rocket off the lower of the crossbar.
Poulsen supplies the pressure, Eriksen the magic.
What a counter attack by Denmark to take control of the tie. https://t.co/5yNtCg5QEY – FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 14, 2017
From there, Denmark took control of the match. But Eriksen crushed Ireland’s hopes of a comeback totally in the next half with another goal nearly as effective as his first.
Christian Eriksen is usually a stud. https://t.co/yh3U3an5Ti – FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 14, 2017
Eriksen completed his hat technique found in the 74th minute, tallying his 11th goal found in the qualifying tournament and his 15th found in his last 15 Denmark caps.
Con ustedes, el nuevo rey de Dinamarca: Christian Eriksen.
Hat-technique y al Mundial. #DestinoRusia pic.twitter.com/AM4FjMqHsV – La Casa del Fútbol sobre Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) November 14, 2017
Denmark completed their pile-on of Ireland with an 88th minute penalty, won by Nicklas Bendtner. He drew a foul on James McClean, after that converted the spot kick himself.
It is the fourth consecutive time that the Republic of Ireland has failed to qualify for the World Cup. They missed from the 2010 tournament in controversial fashion, with Thierry Henry sending France past the Irish with an aid that featured a blatant handball. Ireland has got made the last two editions of the European Championships, but has yet to convert those very good showings into World Cup qualifying success.
Denmark last qualified for the Environment Cup this year 2010, if they were knocked out found in the group stage. With Eriksen operating the display in the middle, Danes will be hoping this squad can match the accomplishments of the 1998 group, which produced the quarterfinals with legends like Peter Schmeichel and Michael Laudrup.