O'Neill bemoans poor goals and missed chances versus Denmark

Kasper Schmeichel remembers a lot about Roy Keane from his dad's playing days
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Ireland manager Martin O'Neill made two changes at the break as his team tried to chase the game.

The Republic were repeatedly picked off as they threw caution to the wind, something they have rarely done during O'Neill's four-year reign.

Denmark has qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and Christian Eriksen played the role of the hero.

"I am really disappointed", said O'Neill.

"I thought there was an agreement". Everybody is entitled to a little bit of luck, so I totally disagree with you.

"We're in this stage here and we thought we could win this game, but we didn't win the game, we were well beaten in the end and we have to take this punishment". The Tottenham forward was given too much time on the edge of the area and fired the ball home - with Ciaran Clark and Duffy unable to reach him.

Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney had said after the first leg that breaching the Ireland defense was like "opening a can of baked beans with your bare hands - it takes time".

"It's an incredible feeling", he told Sky Sports. The second goal was the most technical one, better than the others. "He has this capability of scoring goals, making assists, finding space, so definitely top 10".

Really bad would turn to awful on 63, another stunning effort from Eriksen, again nothing Randolph could do - The hatrick would be complete on 74 by the man everyone pin pointed as a major danger. "They are technically better than us and had a world-class player [Eriksen] in their team".

Denmark refused to panic, however, sewing fears among the home fans that they scored too early as Ireland keeper and first leg man-of-the-match Darren Randolph saved well from William Kvist and Pione Sisto after his defence was carved open.

The Danes also benefitted from an Andreas Christensen goal, that cancelled out Shane Duffy's early header for Ireland, and a late Nicklas Bendtner penalty but Eriksen stole the show.

It was Denmark who got the next goal as Eriksen found the back of the net with a composed finish to complete his hat-trick. "That was the goal and aim before I started as the coach for Denmark and I am very pleased". It's a big thing and I'm very, very happy about it.

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