UEFA Nations League - Group B4
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Nations League: Republic of Ireland hold dominant Danes to goalless Aarhus draw

Republic skipper Seamus Coleman pleads in vain for an attacking outlet in Aarhus
The Republic produced virtually no attacking threat as their goalless run stretches to four games

The Republic of Ireland escaped with a 0-0 draw against Group B4 winners Denmark in their final Nations League match in Aarhus.

Martin O'Neill's side are now four games without a goal and this latest display will have done little to avert concerns about the team's trajectory.

Darren Randolph denied Peter Ankersen as the Danes dominated from the off.

Nicolai Jorgensen hit a post with a glorious second-half chance with Yussuf Poulsen also missing a sitter.

Feyenoord striker Jorgensen contrived to hit the woodwork from eight yards out after dispossessing Republic centre-back Richard Keogh with Poulsen blasting over the bar from six yards out with only Randolph to beat.

Other Danish chances came and went but the Republic somehow held out as manager O'Neill handed a debut to 18-year-old Southampton youngster Michael Obafemi in the second half.

The Republic's relegation to League C in the new competition was already confirmed before Monday's game, in which their poor run of form extended to only one win in 11 games.

Republic assistant boss Roy Keane shows his frustration in Aarhus as manager Martin O'Neill looks on
Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane now await next month's Euro 2020 draw in Dublin

Republic have no shots on target

The post-match stats tell their own story as the Republic did not have a shot on target - none of their three goal attempts troubled Danish goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow.

If anything, Denmark's possession stat of 75% looked to have flattered O'Neill's side as the hosts attempted 742 passes compared to the visitors' 226.

After a torrid year for his squad, O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane will now await the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers, which takes place in Dublin on 2 December.

The Republic's Nations League relegation means they will drop to the pot of third seeds, which is likely to make their prospects of qualification more difficult.

O'Neill's side drew their home encounter with the Danes last month but lost home and away to Wales.

O'Neill makes five Republic changes

Martin O'Neill made five changes from Thursday's underwhelming goalless home draw with Northern Ireland as Keogh and Kevin Long replaced Darragh Lenihan and the injured John Egan in the defensive back three. Cyrus Christie, Aiden O'Brien and Enda Stevens came in for Glenn Whelan, Callum Robinson and the suspended James McClean.

Sheffield United's Stevens produced a couple of promising bursts down the Republic's left in the early stages as the visitors attempted to play their way out from the back instead of going long.

However, Denmark quickly gained control with Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, one of only five starters retained from Friday's win over Wales, having an effort blocked by Shane Duffy after Christie had got into a muddle on the edge of the Republic's penalty area.

O'Neill, as was the case in last month's home draw against the Danes, opted to play Christie in a central midfield role but it was asking a lot of the Fulham defender.

When the occasional Danish error did result in the Republic winning possession, the ball was inevitably quickly given back as the home team's pressing forced a hurried mistake from the Irish.

But the Republic somehow held out to half-time as Randolph maintained his brilliant form from the Northern Ireland game by saving Peter Ankersen's 40th-minute angled shot, with Seamus Coleman blocking Jorgensen's follow-up, before Eriksen fired a free-kick just over from 30 yards.

Michael Obafemi tries to burst away from Denmark's Andreas Bjelland after coming on for his first Republic cap
Martin O'Neill handed a first cap to Southampton youngster Michael Obafemi

Despite Eriksen's half-time departure, the Danes' domination became even more pronounced after the break as Poulsen missed a glorious chance from six yards out after Ankersen's deep cross had left Coleman outnumbered at the back post.

Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite then had efforts blocked by Coleman and Duffy before Jorgensen squandered his glorious chance after Keogh's mistake.

Despite being camped in the Irish half for nearly all the remainder of the contest, the Danes could not find a way past Randolph.

Obafemi was thrown on with 10 minutes remaining but could no make impact in attack as the Republic desperately continued their rearguard action.

This was the third goalless draw in four contests between countries over the last 13 months with the other match Denmark's 5-1 World Cup play-off second leg romp in Dublin which clinched their place at the finals in Russia.

Match facts that matter

  • Republic of Ireland are winless in six matches in all competitions
  • They have failed to score in four successive games for the first time since May 1996
  • Denmark are unbeaten in their past 11 home matches
  • Republic failed to get shot on target for the first time in 18 games
  • Michael Obafemi became the first Republic player born in 2000s - his date of birth is 6 July 2000

Line-ups

Denmark

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Rönnow
  • 2Ankersen
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 4Bjelland
  • 5Knudsen
  • 19Schöne
  • 15Højbjerg
  • 20PoulsenSubstituted forGytkjærat 65'minutes
  • 10EriksenSubstituted forLeragerat 45'minutes
  • 11BraithwaiteSubstituted forCorneliusat 78'minutes
  • 9N Jørgensen

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 6Christensen
  • 7Gytkjær
  • 8Norgaard
  • 12Dolberg
  • 14Dalsgaard
  • 16Hansen
  • 17Stryger Larsen
  • 18Lerager
  • 21Cornelius
  • 23Sisto

R. of Ireland

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Keogh
  • 4Duffy
  • 21Long
  • 2Coleman
  • 3ChristieBooked at 85mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 10BradySubstituted forRobinsonat 66'minutes
  • 12Stevens
  • 8O'DowdaSubstituted forObafemiat 80'minutes
  • 9O'BrienSubstituted forCurtisat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doyle
  • 5Lenihan
  • 6Meyler
  • 7Williams
  • 11Dunne
  • 14Robinson
  • 15Curtis
  • 16Kelleher
  • 17Hourihane
  • 18Obafemi
  • 19Hogan
  • 22Arter
Referee:
Aliyar Aghayev
Attendance:
11,130

Match Stats

Home TeamDenmarkAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home26
Away3
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Denmark 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Denmark 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Andreas Cornelius (Denmark).

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Peter Ankersen (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolai Jørgensen.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Gytkjær (Denmark) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Lerager.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Cornelius.

  7. Post update

    Christian Gytkjær (Denmark) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lasse Schöne (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Lasse Schöne (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Lerager (Denmark).

  14. Post update

    Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andreas Cornelius (Denmark).

  16. Post update

    Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Lasse Schöne (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Michael Obafemi replaces Callum O'Dowda.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Gytkjær.

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