Ireland vs Denmark 15/11/2017
Ireland had just 28% of possession in the first leg against Denmark, but came through with a goalless draw, thanks to a steely defensive display. Kudos to Darren Randolph as well, who was unstoppable in the Irish goal.
Still, Denmark are still unbeaten in 2017 in qualification matches, chalking up five wins and three draws. The 1992 European champions are at full strength as star man Christian Eriksen will again be tasked with inspiring his country to a fifth World Cup finals appearance.
The Irish had no fewer than eight regulars a yellow card away from missing the second leg. Thankfully, no one was booked, which has alleviated manager Martin O’Neil’s selection headache.
The Irishmen are aiming to make their first appearance at a World Cup finals since Japan and Korea in 2002, when they reached the last 16.
This is the eighth time they have contested a play-off to reach a major tournament – more than any other European nation – and they have prevailed in three of the last four.