Republic of Ireland v Denmark

Republic of Ireland v Denmark

And then up stepped Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to crush Ireland's hopes of a place in the final in Russian Federation with a expertly taken hat-trick.

"Clueless. Absolutely clueless. To allow the players like they have the space, the time, in the key areas of the pitch, even the substitutions, Ciaran Clark coming off - unless he's injured - with Ward going to centre-half, I really don't know what I've witnessed. After scoring one goal it was a big knock for Ireland and it gave us the confidence to keep going".

"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".

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will speak to the country's football association about his future after failing to reach the World Cup.

"It's a insane feeling, we've been fighting together for so long since the qualification started", he said. "We've been fighting for so long together after the two play-off games, which were very hard, but we got the result and we can be very pleased and I'm looking very much forward to World Cup".

"That's the name of the game, we have to go for it".

"It was very good, especially when we went 1-0 behind, we didn't get stressed", Hareide told Sky Sports. "That didn't happen and Denmark were clinical".

"It is an incredible feeling", said Eriksen.

It as a much different story in the Danish camp, however, as manager Age Hareide and his players celebrated a major victory for Denmark, once that propels them to the World Cup for the first time since 2010.

"There is two-on-one for a corner and Harry gets beaten but we should still be able to clear the ball and we haven't done that and the next goal is a comedy of mistakes".

"It is not often I score any hat-trick so of course it is incredible".

Despite the defeat on Tuesday night, many will eventually reflect on the positive nature of the qualifying campaign which saw them finish second in a group they were seeded fourth in, getting the better of Austria and Wales to make it to the play-offs.

"Denmark were stronger, they were better than us on the evening and well done to them". "I am thinking more like a striker".

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