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Republic draw no comfort against Danes as they head for knockouts

 

So close: the Republic’s Shane Duffy shows his dejection last night
So close: the Republic’s Shane Duffy shows his dejection last night
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Republic of Ireland came so close to booking their place at the Euro 2020 finals but were denied by a backs to the wall display by Denmark in their 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Needing a win to secure an automatic spot at next summer’s finals, Mick McCarthy’s side threw everything they had at their old rivals. However they couldn’t find a way past keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Martin Braithwaite had given the visitors the lead against the run of the play early in the second half, with Matt Doherty’s equaliser giving the Republic hope in the dying stages, but they were unable to produce a miracle late on.

They will rue their lack of finishing, however, with Conor Hourihane passing up a glorious chance to put them ahead in the first half, and they will wonder ‘what if’, having come within inches of potentially making it to the finals in their late onslaught.

The Republic will now have to go down the same route as Northern Ireland if they want to reach the finals — through the play-offs next March.

As it stands, their likely opponents will be one of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia or near-neighbours Wales.

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