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How the Republic of Ireland's players rated during the 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark

The Rpublic of Ireland's World Cup hopes were ended by a rampant Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. But how did Martin O'Neill's individual players perform?

Here are the ratings:

Darren Randolph 5: Made two important first-half saves, but was given little chance with any of the goals. A tough night but can look back on his performance in the goalless first leg with great pride.

Cyrus Christie 5: Unfortunate to see the equaliser go in off him as he tried to clear and was picked off as the Republic of Ireland went for broke. Should have a bright future in the green shirt.

Shane Duffy 5: Got the Republic of Ireland off to a perfect start, but like his defensive colleagues, was unable to keep the Danes at bay and conceded a late penalty. The first leg will be the one he’ll want to remember.

Ciaran Clark 5: Found himself fighting a losing battle as the Republic of Ireland capitulated in the face of a Danish onslaught. Should have many years ahead of him in the green shirt.

Stephen Ward 3: Conceded possession for Denmark’s second and fourth goals on a desperately difficult evening. Not a match he will want to remember but worked hard throughout.

David Meyler 5: The skipper was sacrificed at half-time as Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill looked for greater creativity. A gamble that didn’t pay off as the Danes went through the gears.

Harry Arter 4: Beaten far too easily by Pione Sisto for the equaliser and also made way at the break. Will feel he could have contributed more to the cause on a difficult night for the home side.

Robbie Brady 5: Delivered the free-kick from which Shane Duffy scored, but provided little else. A player of his quality will have been disappointed not to have posed the Danes a few more problems.

Jeff Hendrick 4: Has struggled to reproduce his Euro 2016 form during the World Cup qualifiers and last night was no exception. Will hope to step it up come the next Euro campaign.

James McClean 6: Went close to doubling the Republic of Ireland’s lead and ran all night for little reward. One of the few home players to pose any real threat and will be a key player in the next campaign.

Daryl Murphy 5: Saw a flicked effort fly into the side-netting with the score at 1-0, but saw too little of the ball to hurt Denmark. Will feel he could have given the visitors more problems.


WES HOOLAHAN (for Meyler, 46 mins) 6: Made an early impression, but the game was over before he could have a genuine say in it.

AIDEN McGEADY (for Arter, 46 mins) 5: Was able to do little with what ball he saw as the Danes took control. A difficult night.

SHANE LONG (for Clark, 71 mins) 5: Handed a thankless task and was unable to make a real impression. Worked hard for little reward.

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