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Republic of Ireland - Denmark
UEFA Nations League - 13 October 2018
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And there it is, the full-time whistle. Republic of Ireland are still looking for their first win in the League B Group 4 of the Nations League after this goalless draw in Dublin.
Duffy goes down inside the box under pressure from Dalsgaard and Ireland appeal for a penalty... It's not given, the referee books the defender for a dive! Questionable decision, really questionable.
Two minutes will be added on.
We are into the final minute of the 90 and yet it remains goalless. Is there time for one last chance?
Braithwaite with another shot from distance but Randolph is comfortably behind it. Time is running out for Denmark.
Ireland surrender possession deep inside their own half. Braithwaite has options left and right but selfishly opts to shoot and it's a straight forward save for Randolph.
- OffShane LongRepublic of Ireland
- OnAiden O'BrienRepublic of Ireland
IRELAND SUB: Shane Long's search for a goal continues as he is replaced by Aiden O'Brien.
Delaney pops up at the back post to meet a floated cross but his shot is crucially blocked by the Ireland defence.
Having chased shadows throughout the game, Ireland now are using the channels well and piling players forward into the penalty box in search of an unlikely winner.
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- OnAndreas ChristensenDenmark
DENMARK SUB: Andreas Christensen replaces Dolberg. Looks like a defensive switch from the visitors - interesting.
Into the last fifteen, will we see a winner? Ireland are playing with a little more attacking intent now.
At last, that was something for the Ireland supporters to get excited about.
A lovely counter-attacking move from the hosts forces Schmeichel into his first of the night. Long holds the ball up and lays it off to Christie who catches his strike sweetly but the Leicester no 1 parries it behind.
The space opens up in midfield for Braithwaite to have a pop but he slices his effort well, well wide of the target.
Sisto is crowded out in the Ireland penalty area as Denmark up the ante in search of an opener.
The ball is flicked on towards Robinson who senses an opportunity but Larsen is there to hack it clear.
- OffHarry ArterRepublic of Ireland
- OnCallum RobinsonRepublic of Ireland
IRELAND SUB: Arter's reward for his match-saving clearance is to be subbed off. He's replaced by Callum Robinson.
- Yellow cardCyrus ChristieRepublic of Ireland
YELLOW CARD! Christie goes into the book for a cynical foul.
Ireland are enjoying a spell of possession now as they try to get a foot-hold in this game.
O'Neill must be contemplating a change because Ireland are getting completely out-played at the moment.
OFF THE LINE!
A menacing Denmark corner is swung in and it's Arter who is on the post to clear Kjaer's goal-bound glancing header!
Ireland started on the front-foot but they have allowed Denmark more and more freedom to control the game since the half-hour mark. One would imagine an opening goal isn't far away for the visitors.
Set-pieces represent Ireland's best chance of an opening, but there is frustration all around when they opt to take a free-kick short when the opportunity to pump the ball into the visitors' penalty box was there.
A sweeping move from Denmark releases Larsen on the flank and he fizzes a cross to the near post but Ireland have men back to clear. Sisto recovers possession and attempts to curl the ball into the top corner but gets his angles wrong.
Ireland are sitting incredibly deep and simply allowing Denmark to control the game. There is a subdued atmosphere in the Aviva - the home supporters expected so much more that what their side are currently offering.
Sisto, again, is allowed the time and space to cut inside and deliver a cross. This time it's slightly over-cooked as it just evades a team-mate at the back post. Ireland are playing a dangerous game by allowing Denmark so much comfortable possession.
Denmark are enjoying a lot of possession in the early stages of the second-half. Ireland are chasing shadows and Hendrick has had enough - he takes down Delaney.
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The second-half is underway and there is one change to note: Enda Stevens has replaced O'Dowda for Ireland.
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HALF-TIME - Ireland 0-0 Denmark.
Denmark have dominated large spells but the hosts had been pretty comfortable until a couple of hairy moments just before the half-time whistle.
IRELAND SAVED BY THE POST!
Sisto drops his shoulder and cuts inside to narrow the angle before firing a shot from the edge of the box. Randolph is beaten but the ball crashes against the post and goes out of play. Denmark finish the first-half strongly.
DENMARK GO CLOSE!
Dalsgaard delivers a beautiful cross to the back post. Doherty is caught in two minds whether to head or kick and in the end he does neither. Jorgensen is there to tap in but he toe-pokes the ball wide from close range.
Ireland's attack collapses and Denmark break at some pace. But Kevin Long's positional awareness is spot on as he cuts out a ball searching for Poulsen who had made a dangerous run in behind.
Hendrick floats a teasing cross into the penalty box where Duffy rises highest. It's not the easiest of headers but he should still hit the target. He doesn't. Wide.
Denmark have taken a stranglehold of possession but they have yet to create a clear-cut opportunity. The game has been hard work, to be honest.
Dolbert gets on the end of a cross at the back post but, at full stretch, he blazes his effort into the stands. Had he pulled the ball across the face of goal Denmark may have made the break-through.
Over half-an-hour has been played and it's still goal-less at the Aviva. Ireland are dealing with the Denmark attacks very comfortably; the Danes are clearly missing their star man Eriksen. The visitors are moving the ball too slowly.
Shane Long has not scored an international goal in two years but he has been pretty lively for Ireland this evening. He is dropping deep to get involved, holding up the ball well and winning free-kicks.
Denmark win a free-kick on the channel but the delivery is horrible as it swings out harmlessly for an Ireland goal-kick.
Christie is back to fulfil his defensive duties as he races back to make a lovely tackle on his former Middlesbrough colleague Braithwaite who had just approached the Ireland penalty area.
Randolph seems fine to continue but now O'Dowda requires treatment.
OUCH! Brave goalkeeping by Randolph who is now down injured after being caught by Delaney who had every right to go for a loose ball.
Denmark switch the ball cleverly to Dalsgaard who drops the shoulder and delivers a cross. It's deflected into the path of Dolberg at the near post but it's a difficult chance and he can only nod it over the bar.
Sisto catches a glimpse of goal and rifles a hopeless shot miles over the bar from 25 yards. And yet that is as close as Denmark have come.
A long throw-in from Ireland results in some pinball in the visitors' penalty area but the defence eventually scramble the danger clear.
O'Neill will be delighted with how his side have started the game. He said he wanted Ireland to start on the front-foot and they certainly have.
Denmark build from the back and move the ball into the wide area. Ireland only partially clear a cross, as far as Dalsgaard whose first-time half-volley is scuffed wide of goal.
The free-kick is fizzed in, there are bodies moving everywhere but it's Kjaer who makes the important touch, glancing the ball behind for an Ireland corner.
Long has been lively for Ireland in the opening stages and he does well now to win a free-kick. This is a chance for Ireland to thump the ball into the heart of the Danish penalty area.
Well, well, well. How farcical that goal would have been, had Hendrick put it in the net. Justice has been done, though, and Hendrick has been left with a red face.
YELLOW CARD! Arter goes into the book for a late challenge on Braithwaite.
Dear me, what a chance for Ireland but in extraordinary circumstances. Arter goes down injured in midfield and credit to Denmark for surrendering possession. What cheek from Hendrick, though, as he nips in and is afforded a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper just to beat, but he slots the ball wide of the post. Denmark are absolutely fuming with the hosts for playing on.
Ireland successfully defend a free-kick delivery and a long punt is directed to Long. He is pushed in the back by Larsen but the referee feels it isn't a foul.
It seems that McClean, and not Christie, is playing as Ireland's left wing-back. The Stoke City man is released in space on the flank and delivers a deep cross which is missed by everyone in the Danish penalty box.
We are underway at the Aviva - can the Boys in Green exact revenge on Denmark?
Ireland's three-man defence worked effectively against Poland and O'Neill will continue with the experiment tonight. O'Neill says his team want to start the match on the "front-foot".
How will Denmark cope without Eriksen? They have only won once in 11 matches without the Tottenham star...
Republic of Ireland have lost their last two competitive matches, conceding nine goals in the process. They haven't lost three consecutive competitive games since October 2013.
O'Neill has brought in Matt Doherty for his first start and will be hoping the Wolves defender can replicate his Premier League form - having won the Player of the Month award for September - as the manager strives to improve Ireland's defensive woes. They have conceded an astonishing 14 times in their last six games...
O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports, admitted he took the 5-1 humiliation to Denmark "very badly". Results since haven't been great, either. Consecutive defeats to Turkey and France followed, before a 2-1 victory over USA eased concerns. But then came a heavy 4-1 loss to Wales in the opening Nations League game and they drew 1-1 with Poland last time out. Scoring goals is a problem but Ireland have also left the doors open at the back; these are challenging times.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN MISSES OUT
The Tottenham star has scored 15 times in his last 17 competitive matches, including a hat-trick in Denmark's 5-1 World Cup play-off win over Ireland last year. However, he misses out this evening due to a stomach injury. Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney, who almost sounds Irish but isn't, has big shoes to fill.
HARRY ARTER STARTS
The Cardiff midfielder withdrew from Ireland's last matches after a row with assistant coach Roy Keane but features this evening. Alongside James McClean, returning from injury, the pair will be expected to provide attacking support to Shane Long, whose last international goal came back in October 2016. Defender Matt Doherty makes his first start.
DENMARK TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Stryger Larsen, Delaney, Braithwaite, Schone, Sisto, Dolberg, Poulsen.
Subs: Lossl, Ronnow, Ankersen, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Christensen, Jensen, Hojbjerg, Lerager, Christiansen, Gytkjaer, Cornelius.
IRELAND TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Randolph, Doherty, Christie, Duffy, O'Dowda, S Long, McClean, Hendrick, Keogh, K Long, Arter.
Subs: Doyle, McDermott, Clark, Stevens, Egan, Meyler, Williams, Hourihane, Maguire, Robinson, O'Brien, Hogan.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the League B Group 4 Nations League clash between Ireland and Denmark - the first time the nations have met since the World Cup play-offs last year.
November 14, 2017, is a night that still causes great hurt for Martin O'Neill; the former Celtic coach could only watch on as the Irish were thrashed 5-1, at home, to Denmark - a dire result which brought their World Cup dreams to an abrupt halt.
Is revenge on the cards this evening? Kick-off is 45 minutes away.