For the Republic of Ireland’s third match of their campaign to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020, Mike McCarthy’s side had a trip to Denmark, who they played twice in the inaugural UEFA Nations League and both ended in scoreless draws. However, Ireland still have a memory of the second leg annihilation that Denmark served to Martin O’Neill’s Ireland to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by winning the second leg 5-1 at Aviva Stadium. It was a masterclass by Christian Eriksen, but he didn’t exactly end the season with Tottenham in very good form.

Captained by Seamus Coleman, Mike McCarthy sent out the same starting XI that defeated Georgia 1-0 in March to face their toughest opposition yet.

The opening 45 minutes was scoreless and Denmark held the majority of the ball, as expected, with both teams having a good chance or two. Ireland’s very direct play didn’t really provide much of anything with long ball after long ball up for David McGoldrick to chase down.

After 20 minutes of relentless pressure and a handful of missed chances, Denmark finally found the breakthrough. Jens Stryger Larsen cut inside and played a beautiful ball for Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg to head past a helpless Darren Randolph.

Ireland had a surprising answer, as Shane Duffy headed in the free kick sent in by substitute Alan Judge to level things away from home. Denmark weren’t able to recover and Ireland was able to sneak out with a point.

Ireland now sit in first place with seven points after three matches. Switzerland, with one less game played, sit second and just a point behind Ireland.