Last Updated: 14/11/17 9:42pm
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick as Denmark came from behind to end the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup dream with an emphatic 5-1 play-off win in Dublin.
Shane Duffy had headed Martin O’Neill’s side into a sixth-minute lead at a sell-out Aviva Stadium but two goals in four first-half minutes prompted a decisive shift.
Eriksen struck just moments after Cyrus Christie’s own goal (29) and then snuffed out home hopes with a fine second-half double (63, 73), Nicklas Bendtner’s 90th-minute penalty completing the rout.
Ireland had produced when it mattered in play-offs to reach their last World Cup finals in 2002 – as well as Euro 2016 – but though their start fleetingly stirred thoughts of another famous night, they were outclassed by a side for which Eriksen starred.
More to follow.