Monday 16 July 2018

Disclipine could be crucial in game of cards

A yellow card for James McClean against Denmark would see him suspended for the home leg Photo: Sportsfile
A yellow card for James McClean against Denmark would see him suspended for the home leg Photo: Sportsfile

Colin Young

Twenty-three players from the Republic of Ireland and Denmark World Cup 2018 qualifying squads will go into the play-off first leg in Copenhagen with a yellow card against their name.

Under FIFA qualification rules, all cautions accrued during the group matches must stand for the duration of qualifying, which includes the play-offs.

Shane Long Photo: Sportsfile
Shane Long Photo: Sportsfile

A second caution would rule the player out of the second leg in Dublin on Tuesday, November 14 and key players on both sides are on the FIFA disciplinary list - although of the last few starting XIs in the group matches, it is easier to name those not on a booking.

The most dangerous Dane, Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, is among the 10 players in Age Hareide's squad in jeopardy, along with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, most of his defence, and all the forwards. Eriksen was booked for a bad foul on Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak during the Danes' feisty 3-2 defeat in Warsaw in the second qualifying match more than a year ago. He has evaded a booking since.

Denmark only had 12 bookings in the 10-game campaign, which included three games without any cards. Atalanta striker Andreas Cornelius is the only player to have been awarded two yellow cards and served a one-match ban before picking up a third. Ireland have fared less well in the disciplinary stakes and 13 players are on the cusp of a ban. James McClean, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick have all missed a match through suspension, and David Meyler's late yellow card in Cardiff means he is the only player banned for the first leg.

For once Brady is clean and so is Wes Hoolahan, but not many others, including Seamus Coleman. Darren Randolph and the entire regular back four, Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Shane Long.

Denmark (10 on yellow cards)

Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Cornelius, Ankersen, N Jorgensen, Poulsen, Fischer, Delaney, Schmeichel, Eriksen.

Cornelius also served one ban already.

Ireland (13)

Randolph, Clark, McClean, Murphy, Arter, Long, Christie, McGeady, Duffy, Walters, Ward, Whelan, Coleman.

(Hendrick, McClean served one ban;

Brady served two bans. Meyler banned for first leg)

Ireland - Wales A 1-0 Oct 17. Randolph, Clark, McClean, Meyler, Murphy.

Moldova H Oct 17. No bookings.

Serbia H Sep 17. Brady, McClean.

Georgia A Sep 17. McClean, Long.

Austria H Jun 17. Christie, Brady.

Wales H Mar 17. Meyler, McGeady.

Austria A Nov 16. Duffy, Brady.

Moldova A Oct 16. Coleman, Walters.

Georgia H Oct 16. Hendrick.

Serbia A Sep 16. Ward, Whelan, Brady, Hendrick.

Randolph Wales A

Clark Wales A

McClean Wales A

Meyler Wales A

Murphy Wales A

Brady Serbia H

McClean Serbia H

McClean Georgia A

Long Georgia A

Christie Austria H

Brady Austria H

Meyler Wales H

McGeady Wales H

Duffy Austria A

Brady Austria A

Coleman Moldova A

Walters Moldova A

Hendrick Georgia H

Ward Serbia A

Whelan Serbia A

Brady Serbia A

Hendrick Serbia A

Denmark - Romania A Oct 17. Kjaer.

Montenegro A Oct 17. Dalsgaard.

Poland H Sep 17. No bookings.

Armenia A Sep 17. Cornelius.

Kazakhstan A Jun 17. No bookings.

Romania A Mar 17. Ankersen, Cornelius.

Kazakhstan H Nov 16. N.Jorgensen, Cornelius.

Montenegro H Oct 16. Delaney, Fischer, Poulsen.

Poland A Oct 16. Schmeichel, Eriksen.

Armenia H Sep 16. No bookings.

Kjaer Romania A

Dalsgaard. Montenegro A

Cornelius. Armenia A

Ankersen. Romania A

Cornelius. Romania A

N.Jorgensen. Kazakhstan H

Cornelius. Kazakhstan H

Delaney. Montenegro H

Fischer. Montenegro H

Poulsen. Montenegro H

Schmeichel. Poland A

Eriksen. Poland A

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