Denmark and Republic of Ireland in dour 0-0 stalemate

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

All Ireland have to do is win tomorrow to secure a spot at the World Cup.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was happy enough with the draw but admitted his team would have to be more adventurous going forward on Tuesday.

"We can play better".

The Hull midfielder said: "This is stuff you dream of as a kid". We have also fought back in matches when we've been behind.

That will be easier said than done with Denmark, who are ranked seven places above the Republic by Federation Internationale de Football Association, still smarting from the stalemate at the Parken Stadium, where keeper Darren Randolph repeatedly denied them.

That could see O'Neill's men playing nearly as cautiously as they did on Saturday night, and the manager admitted the prospect of a shootout has been considered. It would be lovely to have a prolific goalscorer that you can turn to. He'll coach me and tell me "I need you to do this, that and the other". We have to score goals to win the match. It's shame that, when I came in, Robbie Keane was the same age as me!

A 1-0 victory over Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium last month saw Ireland climb above their opponents and into second spot in Group D. It was a fantastic victory that rounded off a campaign in which Martin O'Neill's men were almost undone by their penchant for draws: although the Irish only lost one of their 10 games, a 1-0 home defeat by group winners Serbia, ties with Wales, Austria, Georgia and Serbia almost knocked them out of the running.

However, O'Neill knows from experience that all the preparation in the world can not replicate that moment, illustrating his point by reference to the 1984 European Cup final in which Roma's Falcao and Toninho did not step up for a shoot-out against Liverpool.

"The Irish teams that I have played against have very good spirit", he said.

"Not at all. With half an hour left of the game, they just smashed the ball up to (Denmark goalkeeper Kasper) Schmeichel and then just stayed there".

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