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Denmark 0 Rep of Ireland 4


Denmark: Christiansen / Bogelund Agger Gravgaard Jensen / Rommedahl Würtz Jensen Grönkjaer /

Bendtner Tomasson 

Subs: Laursen Lovenkrands Kvist Kristiansen Andersen Kahlenberg Thygesen Nordstrand Kristensen  

 Ireland: Henderson / Carr Dunne O’Shea Finnan / McGeady Reid Potter Hunt / Doyle Keane Goals×2  

 Subs: Kilbane  Colgan  Kelly Doyle Murphy O’Brien Keogh Long  Goals×2 Gibson

       Ireland secured a morale-boosting 4-0 thumping of Denmark last night in Aarhus, as Denmark capitulated from a good start to a catastrophic result, much to the displeasure of the home fans. The game started in the usual friendly mode, plenty of misplaced passes, some absolutely shocking attempts at ‘flair’ such as Daniel Agger’s attempted crossfield ball to Dennis Rommedahl that flew into the stand and Andy Reid dloing likewise at the other end.

Opens the scoring

    However, the game soon burst into life when Rommedahl burst past Steve Finnan, playing in the left-back position that Staunton seems to favour for the Liverpool right back, whipping in a cross that Bendtner headed pas Henderson and off the crossbar, with Tomasson unable to get to the rebound. Ireland were stunned and Tomasson had another good chance soon after before Ireland took the lead against the run of play.

    Andy Reid, back in his favoured cenral midfield role, split the defence with an inch perfect ball for captain Robbie Keane to run onto, and with Christiansen’s positioning somewhat shaky, Keane cheekily clipped the ball past the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

  Thomas Sorensen’s deputy in the Denmark goal was at fault shortly before half-time when he palmed a cross from the impressive Aidan McGeady off Keane’s head/shoulder and into the net. At first glance it looked as if Keane had scored an impressive second with a diving header, however the replays suggested otherwise. Jesper Gronkjaer tried to reduce the deficit moments later but Henderson was equal to the wingers fierce drive.

   The boos rang out from the home fans at half-time but things only got worse for the Danes after the break when substitute Darren Gibson, at the centre of a tug-of-war between the Northern and Republic of Ireland teams, let fly with a rasping drive which the keeper could only palm to the feet of Shane Long who gleefully converted with a cool left foot finish.

Aidan McGeady then swivelled and played in Long for the fourth and Denmark were in complete disarray. While John O’Shea had a good attempt at either end, almost scoring a delightful own goal at one stage, Denmark then finally began to put some pressure on Ireland’s goal and although they hit the woodwork late on, Ireland never really looked threatened and will go forward to their September qualifiers against Slovakia and the Czech Republic full of confidence. Northern Ireland will also be grateful to their southern counterparts as Denmark are in the North’s qualifying group and on this evidence, don’t look like they’ll be turning around their fourth placed status any time soon….

Man of the match: Aidan McGeady, Celtic. An outstanding performance from the Celtic wide man who looked fitter and more inventive than he has in a long time. A threat all night long and now a genuine prospect to replace Damien Duff as Ireland’s principal attacking threat.

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