Danes plunder N Ireland


November 15, 2017
Denmark's Thomas Delaney, left, and Denmark's Andreas Christensen celebrate after scoring during their World Cup qualifying play off second-leg match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday.


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 play-off yesterday.

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.

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.

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