Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark: World Cup play-off second leg – as it happened

Denmark gave woeful Ireland a footballing lesson to win their place at Russia 2018

Paul Doyle was at the Avivia Stadium for the Guardian and this is how he saw tonight’s annihilation of the Irish unfold.

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Should Martin O’Neill go? That was a clueless and naive a tactical performance I’ve ever seen from Ireland. They gave Denmark’s players far too much space in wide areas, but with the game still salvageable, Martin O’Neill made a couple of extraordinary substitutions at half-time. The introduction of Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady afforded Denmark even more space, leaving Ireland with no holding midfielder against one of the best playmakers in world football. Irish left-back Stephen Ward ended up playing centre-half and gave away a goal , his second gift of the night to the Danes. It was a total mess.

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