Martin O'Neill says Republic of Ireland were well beaten by Denmark

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The result sees Denmark cement their place at next summer's World Cup from the European qualifiers, alongside Sweden, Switzerland and Croatia. Then we conceded two goals quickly after that and then it's an uphill struggle.

With last week's first leg having finished 0-0, Ireland made an ideal start to the return match by taking the lead in the sixth minute through defender Shane Duffy.

If Denmark's first goal, an own goal by Cyrus Christie, was a bit disheartening for the Irish, Eriksen's wonder goal in the 32nd minute completely broke them.

"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".

Next year's tournament in Russian Federation will be Denmark's fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010.

The former Republic of Ireland worldwide was highly critical of manager Martin O'Neill who selected a diamond formation against Denmark, a change from his defensive five-man midfield which played in Copenhagen on Saturday.

"It's a insane feeling, we've been fighting together for so long since the qualification started", he said. We had to chase the game and Denmark took advantage.


He said: "We've lost the game, once we've lost the game, I'll have to go have a look at it". We were more effective than in Parken, the effectiveness is very important in football.

"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".

"I was surprised. I think they played in a diamond with two forwards and that gave a lot of space in midfield for Eriksen and I just want to say thank you very much for giving him the space!"

Former Leicester and Celtic manager O'Neill's defensive style of play has often been criticised and his side scored three or more goals in a single game just once in their 12 qualifying and play-off matches.

"Denmark were stronger, they were better than us on the evening and well done to them".

"We have been fighting for so long to get to the World Cup". I take the more clinical shot rather than passing.

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