What we learned: Ireland’s midfield keeps Danes at bay

Shane Duffy was a towering presence while Daryl Murphy endured long night in Copenhagen

Shane Duffy was a rock at the back during Ireland’s draw in Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Shane Duffy was a rock at the back during Ireland’s draw in Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Towering Duffy head and shoulders above

From the outset of Saturday night’s goalless draw it was clear Denmark knew it was going to be difficult to play through Ireland. As a result, their main tactic was to patiently build before launching long angled balls into the Irish box.

The Danes had two target men playing - Andreas Cornelius and Nicolai Jorgensen - while midfielder William Kvist would often drop very deep allowing fullbacks Peter Ankersen and Jens Stryger Larsen to bomb forward. The Dane’s long ball tactic had some success - particularly early on as Larsen got in behind Cyrus Christie and forced a smart save from Darren Randolph.

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