Hat-trick hero Eriksen books Denmark's World Cup spot

Hat-trick hero Eriksen books Denmark's World Cup spot

Shane Duffy got Ireland ahead after just six minutes but an own goal in the 29th minute made it 1-1.

"It's an incredible feeling", he told Sky Sports.

The former Republic of Ireland worldwide was highly critical of manager Martin O'Neill who selected a diamond formation against Denmark, a change from his defensive five-man midfield which played in Copenhagen on Saturday.

He said: "We've lost the game, once we've lost the game, I'll have to go have a look at it". They were very poor goals and turned the tide. Everybody is entitled to a little bit of luck, so I totally disagree with you.

"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. We are very much looking forward to it.

It was Denmark who got the next goal as Eriksen found the back of the net with a composed finish to complete his hat-trick.

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The sides came into the second leg evenly poised after they played to a goalless draw in the first leg.

The Irish were much improved from their toothless first-leg display and had a couple of chances to increase their lead, with Daryl Murphy and James McClean both going close.

"It's hard to rank, but we saw (in Tottenham's Champions League victory) against Real Madrid he is probably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment".

"I'm very pleased for the team, this is a hard place to play football - they're compact and good defensively, so scoring five against Ireland does not happen very often".

"We'll take this with us and try to score as many goals as possible at the World Cup as well", said the midfielder, who doused former worldwide defender Lars Jacobsen, who was broadcasting for Danish TV, with champagne as he celebrated.

So effective is it as a motivational tool that Martin O'Neill could do worse than show it to his players before kick-off in the Aviva Stadium tonight; it has certainly done the trick for us in any case. We had to chase the game and Denmark took advantage.

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