Den­mark qual­i­fies for World Cup

The Times-Tribune - - Sports -

Den­mark qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup af­ter Chris­tian Eriksen scored a su­perb hat trick in a 5-1 vic­tory over Ire­land in their play­off Tues­day.

Ire­land made an ideal start by tak­ing the lead in the sixth minute through de­fender Shane Duffy.

But Den­mark’s play­ers grad­u­ally took con­trol in mid­field and they were re­warded when An­dreas Christiensen’s ef­fort went into the net off Ire­land’s Cyrus Christie in the 29th minute.

Eriksen then stole the show with goals in the 32nd, 63rd and 74th min­utes.

Nicklas Bendt­ner turned vic­tory into a rout when he con­verted a penalty in the 90th minute.

Next year’s tour­na­ment in Rus­sia will be Den­mark’s first World Cup ap­pear­ance since 2010.

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