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Republic of Ireland vs Denmark. FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Play-off Semi-finals.

Aviva StadiumAttendance50,000.

Republic of Ireland 1

  • S Duffy (6th minute)

Denmark 5

  • A Christensen (29th minute)
  • C Eriksen (32nd minute, 63rd minute, 73rd minute)
  • N Bendtner (90th minute pen)

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark
Image: Republic of Ireland host Denmark on Tuesday evening, live on Sky Sports Football

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland host Denmark in their decisive World Cup play-off second leg, live on Sky Sports Football, after a goalless first leg on Saturday.

After a hard-fought draw in Copenhagen, O'Neill has urged his players to remember their Euro 2016 play-off victory over Bosnia ahead of Tuesday's huge clash in Dublin.

The Irish drew the first leg of the November 2015 double header in Bosnia, but progressed to France after a convincing 2-0 home win at Lansdowne Road.

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"We've had the experience of a couple of years ago almost to the day," said O'Neill. "The evening in Dublin was really fantastic against Bosnia.

"I think some of the players can draw on part of that but I think they'll probably try to create their own experiences. The crowd have been important at all the matches at the [stadium] and they've given us phenomenal support.

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Martin O'Neill says his side are ready for Tuesday's challenge

"We'll try and be a bit more expansive if we can but we've got to find a way to win a match. These players have been able to do that the last couple of years."

Opponents Denmark are looking to qualify for their first tournament since Euro 2012.

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David Meyler is set to return for Ireland after missing the first leg through suspension, and though Seamus Coleman has returned to training, Cyrus Christie should keep his spot at right-back.

Denmark have no new injury concerns following the first leg in Copenhagen.

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Shay Given hailed the Republic's miserly defence but says they must be more expansive in attack against Denmark on Tuesday

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Republic of Ireland won their last home fixture against Denmark, though it was in a friendly back in March 2002 (3-0).

Ireland have failed to win either of their last two competitive home fixtures against Denmark, losing 4-1 in a 1986 World Cup qualifier, and drawing 1-1 in a 1994 World Cup qualifier.

Denmark are unbeaten in five international away matches (W3 D2), since a 2-3 defeat in Poland in October 2016.

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Denmark boss Age Hareide says his side must be quicker with their passing on Tuesday

Republic of Ireland have lost just one of their 11 competitive home matches under Martin O'Neill (W6 D4), a 1-0 defeat against Serbia in September.

Including the first legs of the play-off games, Eriksen has created more chances than any other European player during this qualifying campaign (38).

No Ireland player made more passes in the first leg than goalkeeper Darren Randolph (31).

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David Meyler respects Denmark but is confident the Republic of Ireland will be in Russia for the World Cup next summer

Charlie's prediction

I had a glance at the odds and I was surprised to see Denmark favourites again. I fancied Ireland to get a result in Copenhagen and I think they can complete the job here. I'm going for a narrow Ireland and I fancy Jeff Hendrick to be the hero here, with the Burnley link-up with Brady likely to be vital to their ability to creating chances.

Charlie predicts: 1-0 and Hendrick to score first (40/1 with Sky Bet)

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Highlights of the World Cup play-off first leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland

Betting

Denmark are Sky Bet's marginal favourites at 7/4 to the Republic of Ireland's price of 19/10, while another stalemate is priced at 9/5. Martin O'Neill's men are naturally also slight outsiders to qualify at 5/4, while they are 200/1 to go on and win the World Cup. Nicklas Bendtner and Nicolai Jorgensen lead a wide-open first goalscorer market at 5/1 apiece, closely followed by Shane Long at 11/2, with no goalscorer within 90 minutes shorter odds at 9/2.

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