Win­ning feel­ing Danes shun penalty prac­tice

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Age Hareide, the man­ager of Den­mark, has not made his play­ers prac­tise penal­ties ahead of tonight’s game even though they could de­cide who goes to the World Cup. Asked if that was be­cause he was su­per­sti­tious or con­fi­dent of vic­tory be­fore the tie gets to that stage, he replied: “Both. I’m al­ways su­per­sti­tious – and we don’t need them.” utes away from that. The Eu­ros were great and we can draw on that, but we need to go and per­form now and I be­lieve we’ll be go­ing to Rus­sia. I’ve mem­o­ries of [the] ’94 World Cup and run­ning around the house at home. Look­ing back, the sac­ri­fices I had to go through to give me this op­por­tu­nity is huge. We all want to qual­ify. We’ll do ev­ery­thing in our power to make sure we do.”

Much has been made of Ire­land’s highly cau­tious ap­proach in the first leg, when they suf­fo­cated Den­mark and their star player, Tot­ten­ham’s Chris­tian Erik­sen, but O’neill sus­pects this will be a dif­fer­ent sort of game. “We will have to score a cou­ple of goals,” he added. “Hold­ing Den­mark out for two matches is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult. We want to cre­ate more chances.”

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