Sports Christian Eriksen hat trick fires Denmark into World Cup

04:35  15 november  2017
04:35  15 november  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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DUBLIN – Christian Eriksen ’s magnificent hat trick inspired Denmark to a 5-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s second leg of their playoff in Dublin to clinch a spot at next year’s World Cup .

DUBLIN — Christian Eriksen scored a superb hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland in their playoff on Tuesday. With last week’s first leg having finished 0-0

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DUBLIN — Christian Eriksen scored a superb hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland in their playoff on Tuesday.

With last week’s first leg having finished 0-0, Ireland made an ideal start to the return match by taking the lead in the sixth minute through defender Shane Duffy.

But Denmark’s players gradually took control in midfield and were rewarded when Andreas Christensen’s effort went into the net off Ireland’s Cyrus Christie in the 29th minute.

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And in the 74th minute, Eriksen made sure there was absolutely no doubt left, crushing Ireland’s dreams to completing the hat trick with a real poacher’s effort. The World Cup just wouldn’t be the World Cup without Christian Eriksen in it.

A Christian Eriksen hat - trick led Denmark to a 5-1 victory over Republic of Ireland, and Martin O’Neill’s team missed out on qualifying for the World Cup . Moments later James McClean stormed down the left and into the box before firing a yard past the far post.

Eriksen then stole the show, putting the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute, and scoring two more after the break.

Nicklas Bendtner turned a deserved victory into a rout when he converted a penalty in the 90th minute.

Next year’s tournament in Russia will be Denmark’s fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010.

Denmark coach Age Hareide paid tribute to Eriksen, who has been on fine form this season for Tottenham in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Asked Eriksen’s world ranking as a player, Hareide said: "Absolutely in the top 10. It is difficult to rank, but we saw him against Real Madrid. He is probably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment.

"All the teams that succeed and go to a World Cup have star players, and players that can make the difference and Christian showed that today."

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🇩🇰 Denmark 's tactics for the World Cup . 🏆. Chatted with this group of #Den fans about their main man Christian Eriksen . Denmark would arguably not even be in Russia had it not been for his heroics in qualifying, when he scored 11 goals – including an all-important hat - trick in the 5-1 play-off

Christian Eriksen 's hat trick fired Denmark past Ireland and into the World Cup on Tuesday. Teammate Nicklas Bendtner, who notched Denmark 's fifth goal in Ireland, said: " Christian will certainly be one to watch at the World Cup next year.

Yet a raucous home crowd in Dublin had been treated to the perfect start when Robbie Brady’s free kick from just beyond the halfway line was flicked on by Denmark’s Nicolai Jorgensen. The ball rose into the path of centre back Duffy, who headed home.

Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney had said after the first leg that breaching the Ireland defence was like "opening a can of baked beans with your bare hands – it takes time".

This time, their perseverance eventually paid off in the 29th minute.

Pione Sisto went past Harry Arter after a short corner and pulled the ball back for Christensen, whose touch just managed to send the ball over the line despite Christie’s efforts to try and divert it away.

Three minutes later, Yussef Poulsen showed good tenacity to steal possession off Stephen Ward, before exchanging passes with Jorgensen. The ball was worked to the left, where Eriksen struck a first-time shot into the net via the crossbar – giving Ireland keeper Darren Randolph no chance.

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Coach:Age Hareide Star player: Christian Eriksen World Cup best:Quarter-finals 1998 After missing out in 2014, Eriksen propelled Denmark back to the World Cup finals with a hat - trick in their play-off victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Hat - trick hero Christian Eriksen was the difference as Denmark silenced a thunderous Dublin crowd to beat the Republic of Ireland 5-1 and book its ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup .

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill made two changes at the break as his team tried to chase the game. It made for an open contest, but it played into Denmark’s hands.

The contest was over in the 63rd minute when Sisto picked out Eriksen. The Tottenham forward was given too much time on the edge of the area and fired the ball home – with Ciaran Clark and Duffy unable to reach him.

It was a match to forget for Ward, who failed to control a cross and allowed Eriksen to race onto the loose ball and rifle it into the top corner in the 74th minute.

The hat trick brought Eriksen’s total in this World Cup qualifying campaign to 11.

A bad night for Ireland was compounded when James McClean gave away a penalty for a foul on Bendtner, with the former Arsenal striker scoring from the spot.

"We were well beaten," O’Neill said. "We fought tooth and nail to try and get into this position. This was a playoff to take us to the World Cup, I have to commend the players for getting this far."

Meanwhile, Hareide can look forward to the tournament in Russia with optimism.

"We have played since October 2016 with no defeats and I think that the team gets stronger and stronger," he said. "We are looking forward to the World Cup… I think it will be an interesting and fascinating time to go there and take this team".

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