The Republic of Ireland v Slovakia looks like the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final next March. The 1-1 draw with Denmark was not good enough for automatic qualification.
“The players will go back to their clubs and we don’t have a game until March. I’ll be getting round them and reminding them it has been a good campaign and that we can play like that, so why not play like that in March?”
“I am immensely proud of the players,” McCarthy added on Sky Sports. “They pushed them right to the limit. If my players and my team leave everything on the pitch I will take the result as it comes so I will have to take the defeat.
“You just need that bit of luck. We had opportunities but I am not going to criticise the lads – they have been brilliant. We lost one game out of eight. I’m very proud of them.”
If Wales beat Hungry tonight, it will be Ireland v Slovakia in the Euro 2020 semi-final playoff, Republic could possibly play Northern Ireland in the final.
Unbeaten Danes go through – the stats
Republic of Ireland are without a win in their last six meetings with Denmark (D5 L1), drawing each of the last four.
Denmark remain the only undefeated side in Group D (P8 W4 D4 L0) and haven’t lost any of their last 17 European/World Cup qualifying matches (W10 D7).
The first shot of the game came on 26 minutes, courtesy of an effort from Christian Eriksen, the longest wait for the opening attempt in any Euro 2020 qualifying game so far.
All seven of the Republic of Ireland’s goals in the Euro 2020 qualifiers have come via different players (incl. one own-goal).
Martin Braithwaite has scored in three consecutive international matches for Denmark after netting just one goal in total in his eight before that.
Matt Doherty’s equaliser for Republic of Ireland was the first goal Denmark conceded in 600 minutes of action, ending Kasper Schmeichel’s run of five consecutive clean sheets for his country.
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