World Cup play-offs: Christian Eriksen scores a hat-trick as Denmark crush Ireland

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the third goal against Ireland

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Christian Eriksen Denmark Ireland World Cup play-off

Danes are too strong for Martin O’Neill’s side as they win 5-1 in Dublin

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 7:49am

Ireland 1 Denmark 5 (Denmark win 5-1 on aggregate)

A hat-trick from Christian Eriksen ended Ireland’s hopes of booking their place in the 2018 World Cup as they suffered a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Denmark.

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Looking to succeed where Northern Ireland had failed on Sunday by winning their play-off match for next summer’s tournament in Russia, Ireland were quietly confident going into the second leg having held the Danes to a goalless draw in last week’s first encounter.

That confidence increased when Shane Duffy headed Ireland into the lead after just six minutes after the Danes failed to deal with a free-kick. The Irish had the chance to extend their lead but Daryl Murphy and James McClean both squandered opportunities.

A disastrous three-minute spell in the first-half then saw the visitors score twice to silence the Dublin crowd. First Cyrus Christie put the ball into his own net on the half-hour mark and then Eriksen scored the first of his three goals with a glorious strike.

Denmark have qualified for the 2018 World Cup! %uD83C%uDDE9%uD83C%uDDF0 pic.twitter.com/wpJqlrErvP

— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 14, 2017

The Tottenham midfielder got his second on 63 minutes and then completed his hat-trick ten minutes later as Ireland’s …read more

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