Christian Eriksen is Going to the World Cup (Ireland vs Denmark)

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Denmark's Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of a disjointed Ireland in their playoff second leg on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) in Dublin to secure the final European berth at next year's World Cup.

Denmark then silenced the home fans three minutes later when Christian Eriksen clinically turned home Jorgensen's cross to put the visitors ahead.

"After scoring one goal it was a big knock for Ireland, we got a lot of confidence and started to play good football", said Eriksen, who plays for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

With the tie perfectly poised after a first-leg goalless draw in Denmark, the Irish got off to a superb start when Shane Duffy headed home on six minutes after a Robbie Brady free-kick.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill made two changes at the break as his team tried to chase the game.

Not surprisingly, McClean, one of Ireland's better performers on the night, was distraught at the end of the game. We needed either of those to go in to get a real foothold in the game.

"I was surprised really because they played in a diamond - the midfield - with two forwards, and our centre-halves can handle two forwards, but that gave a lot of space in centre midfield for Eriksen."

"We can not ignore that Eriksen delivered an incredible performance and probably played his best worldwide game, in my opinion", Bendtner told reporters.

"I am really disappointed", said O'Neill.

"We were well beaten in the end", O'Neill told RTE. We were more effective than in Parken, the effectiveness is very important in football.

That left Ireland needing to score twice to reach the World Cup and when the same man curled another delicious effort into the top corner after the hour mark, it was game over for Martin O'Neill's men.

"Of course we got a lucky goal when Christiansen scored and after that it was just one-way".

Despite the defeat on Tuesday night, many will eventually reflect on the positive nature of the qualifying campaign which saw them finish second in a group they were seeded fourth in, getting the better of Austria and Wales to make it to the play-offs.

Denmark's Andreas Christensen takes a shot that went in off Cyrus Christie for their first goal.

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