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Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group D

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In Euro 2020 qualifying group D, Denmark hit Gibraltar for six while Ireland and Switzerland played out a draw.

The Danes made easy work of international minnows Gibraltar.

When Skov scored in the sixth minute, it appeared that the writing was on the wall for Gibraltar. It was thought that this may turn out to be a seriously embarrassing route.

The team sat bottom of group D without a win and without even scoring a goal yet in the qualifiers hung tight.

It was not until the 34th minute of the game when Denmark was awarded a penalty that the next goal was scored, by Spurs’ Christian Eriksen.

The score at half time looked respectable.

But the Danish national team were quick out of the blocks in the second half and within five minutes were up by 3. Courtesy of another Eriksen penalty.

From that point on it was almost cruise control for Denmark, as they rained down shots on the Gibraltar goal. In fact 21 in total.

Delaney added a fourth in the 69th minute before Gytkjaer rounded off his night with a brace in the 73rd and 78th minute respectively.

In the other Group D matchup of the night, Ireland took on Switzerland. Ireland has been the surprise package of the group so far, sitting pretty at the top.

While they were away to the Irish, Switzerland dominated in this game. With 60% possession and 14 shots on goal compared to Irelands 4.

It was not until the 74th minute that the Swiss opened the scoring with a goal from Schar. The Irish managed to keep there unbeaten record intact though with a late 85th minute equalizer to salvage a point and break swiss hearts.

The 1-1 draw now leaves them in third place, three points off of second and a whopping six off top spot.

Switzerland will feel this is two points dropped rather than 1 point gained.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is unbeaten since his return for the second spell in charge of the Irish national team. He will fancy his chances of making it to Euro 2020 given their current position in the group.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – SEPTEMBER 05: Republic of Ireland Manager Mick McCarthy congratulates his players after the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)