It was a disappointing evening for Ireland as they were cruelly eliminated by Denmark and their dream of playing in the upcoming World Cup is suddenly gone with Christian Eriksen scoring an amazing hattrick.
The beginning was great for the home side – Shane Duffy netted his second international goal as the guests failed to clear a free-kick but it was the only positive thing of the evening for Martin O’Neill’s side. Christie scored an own goal and Eriksen turned it around just three minutes after that so the Danes were leading during the half-time break.
The Tottenham player netted two more goals as he managed to score from every single chance that he had – and he proved that his shots from distance are very dangerous. In the dying minutes, Nicklas Bendtner secured his side’s win by converting a penalty that he managed to win by himself.
The Denmark coach, Age Hareide, was happy with the result and overall performance as he said, according to BBC: “It was very good, especially when we came from behind. We didn’t get stressed. We tried to play and we got the goals. I am very pleased with the team and the performance. This is a difficult place to play football – scoring five goals against the Republic of Ireland does not happen.”
He also praised Eriksen which is not surprising as the Danish nr. 10, in fact, decided the whole match: “Eriksen is a fantastic player. An inspiration for those around him. He is a world-class player. The lads stuck together and gave a fantastic performance in a difficult game.”
The happy scorer himself made a comment about this fixture and his goals as he described the second one as the best one for him: “The second one was the most technical one, better than the others. Mentally I have grown up. I take the more clinical shot rather than passing. I am thinking more like a striker.”