Erik­sen de­liv­ers for Danes

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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 play­off on Tues­day in Dublin.

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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