Danes qual­ify

Waikato Times - - Sport -

Den­mark’s Chris­tian Erik­sen scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrash­ing of a dis­jointed Ire­land in their play­off sec­ond leg yes­ter­day in Dublin to se­cure the fi­nal Euro­pean berth at next year’s World Cup. Den­mark trailed to an early Shane Duffy header but took con­trol im­me­di­ately and struck twice in three min­utes, first when An­dreas Chris­tensen’s stabbed ef­fort on the half hour mark hit the post and went in off Ire­land’s Cyrus Christie. That was fol­lowed by a su­perbly swept home sec­ond from Erik­sen, who then made sure of vic­tory with a left-footed ef­fort on 64 min­utes and com­pleted his hat trick fol­low­ing poor de­fend­ing 10 min­utes later. Nick­las Bendt­ner added a late penalty for the Danes, who reached their fifth World Cup hav­ing been frus­trated by a well-or­gan­ised Irish dis­play in a scrappy goal­less first leg.

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