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2018 World Cup qualifying play-off match report Denmark v Sweden 11 November 2017

Posted: 11 November 2017 Time: 21:05

Denmark and the Republic of Ireland played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off tie on Saturday evening.

Denmark threatened early on and they went close to taking the lead in the 12th minute, as Jens Larsen and Andreas Cornelius forced Randolph into a couple fine saves.

The hosts squandered another opportunity in the 33rd minute as Sisto managed fire wide of the upright from six-yards out.

The visitors struggled for most of the first half, but they went close on 44 minutes when Christie's cross-cum-shot was tipped away by Kasper Schmeichel before Jeff Hendrick fired over from the rebound.

Nevertheless, the score remained goalless as the sides entered the halftime break.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, although chances were hard to come by from both nations in the opening 15 minutes.

Denmark opted for a change after 72 minutes as they introduced former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner for Sisto.

The Danes upped the tempo heading into the final 10 minutes of the second half as they pushed for a winning goal.

However, neither side could carve out another clear-cut opening and were forced to settle for a draw.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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