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Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Denmark seem to have encountered Ireland’s first line of defence out at the airport on Sunday, where officials from the visiting federation were appar(...)

Ireland players during their pre-match huddle ahead of the first leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying playoff in Copenhagen. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So, what’s happening on Tuesday? The Republic of Ireland are playing Denmark in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying playoff. What time(...)

Denmark manager Age Hareide and Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner shake hands with  referee Milorad Mazic at the Parken stadium on Saturday.  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

If Ireland do come out on the right end of Tuesday night’s turbo-spin, they might think kindly of Milorad Mazic. There were two occasions during the r(...)

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 p(...)

Darren Randolph makes a late save in the World Cup playoff in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie

“It’s not that I’m so smart,” claimed Albert Einstein. “It’s just that I stay with problems longer.” The Republic of Ireland are the football problem(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after the  World Cup playoff first leg against Denmark at the the Parken stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Watching Ireland can leave you cold. The Danes know that now. A crisp and beautiful night in Copenhagen seemed to drop a few degrees over another 90 (...)

 Darren Randolph of the Republic of Ireland makes a save against Denmark.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0 Martin O’Neill’s players may not have delivered on his stated ambition for them in this game by grabbing an away goal(...)

Around 2,400 Irish supporters will be in the away end at the Parken stadium for Saturday’s World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Lars Ronbog/Sportsagency/Lars Ronbog

So, er, what’s happening? The World Cup playoffs, that’s what. Where have you been? Nevermind that, where might I be going? Russia, next summer, if(...)

 James McClean (second from right) celebrates scoring his goal with his Republic of Ireland  team-mates  during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Wales 0 Republic of Ireland 1 For countless generations the Irish have been passing through Wales en route to what they hoped would be better times i(...)

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie rates Séamus Coleman as one of the best fullbacks in the world. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Séamus Coleman’s broken leg, suffered in the goalless draw with Wales in March, was always going to be detrimental to Ireland’s hopes of qualifying fo(...)

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