Denmark, Ireland draw 0-0 in WCup play-off
Denmark failed to break through some stubborn defending by Ireland in a lacklustre 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off yesterday.
Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph was forced to make two good saves in the first half but was protected well after halftime, with Denmark star Christian Eriksen kept quiet at Parken Stadium.
Both teams were careful to not leave themselves open in what was always likely to be a tight match - given Ireland's preference to defend deeply and play on the counterattack.
The second leg is in Dublin on Tuesday, when Denmark will look to clinch a place in their first major tournament since 2012.
Ireland last played at a World Cup in 2002 and are featuring in a ninth play-off for a major tournament.
ALL TO PLAY FOR
"It's all to play for now," Ireland coach Martin O'Neill said. "We have to win a game, and we might have to score a couple of goals because I think Denmark will score."
Randolph produced a double save in one first-half attack, off Nicolai Jorgensen and Andreas Cornelius, before seeing Pione Sisto side-foot wide from 10 metres minutes later after the Ireland goalkeeper parried out Eriksen's long-range shot.
The best action of the second half was reserved for the final minutes when Randolph tipped over Yussuf Poulsen's header, and Denmark midfielder Jens Larsen had a shot deflected just wide.