Saturday 24 August 2019

Christian Eriksen doesn't think a draw was a fair result but says Ireland have 'changed' under Mick McCarthy

Christian Eriksen of Denmark prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group D match between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Telia Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Christian Eriksen of Denmark prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group D match between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Telia Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen felt his side let three points slip by against Ireland last night and bemoaned the hosts' missed chances.

Ireland looked to be heading for a first defeat in the competition after substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had given the Danes the lead just four minutes after coming off the bench, but Duffy's 85th-minute bullet header, his third international goal, was enough to claim a point at the Telia Parken Stadium and preserve his side's unbeaten start to their Group D campaign.

The draw is the fourth in five meetings between the sides in the last 19 months and while Republic boss Mick McCarthy will be delighted with his return from a battling performance in Copenhagen, opposite number Age Hareide was left kicking himself.

Darren Randolph made fine saves from Eriksen and Yussuf Poulsen either side of the break, but Denmark wasted a series of golden opportunities to open the scoring before Hojbjerg belatedly did so, and they were ultimately made to pay.

Speaking to Off The Ball after the game, Eriksen was asked if he felt it was a fair result: "Eh, no," he said.

"It should have been a win for us. We had the chances to do it but we weren't sharp enough."

Eriksen has seen a shift in approach from Ireland since McCarthy has taken over from Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

"We saw that from their other games in qualification, they play a bit more offensively and a bit more high pressing and a bit more forward, which made the game more open. It was better for our sake but we didn't take our chances," he added.

"It's disappointing to get a chance against you in the last six minutes.

"They know and we know that they have changed compared to what it was before.

"Every country play their own football. Some get results like this, Ireland get results like this. We try to do it differently. It's nothing against Ireland."

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