Denmark will stand up to Ireland physicality, says Kjaer

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

"We were ready for the hard tackles and a lot of duels", Kjaer said ahead of the second leg on Tuesday. Their great history of cool, measured stylists has been usurped by a brutish approach that unsettled enough teams in their qualifying group to get them this far, but might be too close to Ireland's own native style to take them further.

"I think we wanted to stay in the tie coming over here, we didn't want the tie to be over after the first game".

The Irish now hold the advantage for the return leg in Dublin on Tuesday night.

He took it down and managed got a shot away which was saved by Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Maybe Shane Long will start in the home leg, where we need to see more from McClean and Brady as an attacking force and if we can score first in front of that magnificent Dublin crowd, they could carry us over the line.

Though Ireland didn't exactly get many chances and it wasn't the most interesting of games it didn't stop (and never does) the Irish fans from having a great time.

"It's been a while... probably not since Milk Cup when I was 13 or 14".

I'd have love to have seen James McClean piling forward into the Danish half and Jeff Hendrick getting onto the ball and spraying the ball around, but that doesn't seem to be the way we play at worldwide level.

"The last one I saved was probably [against] Bournemouth last season for West Ham [United]".

In a game that featured very little in the way of offence, the two best opportunities fell to the hosts. It wasn't [Irish teammate Harry Arter]. I'm not going to name him! You'll have players that aren't regular penalty takers. "That'll obviously be in our plans and preparation".

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