October 13, 2018 / 9:26 PM / 2 days ago

Ireland frustrate dominant Denmark in dull Nations League draw

(Reuters) - Denmark dominated possession but couldn’t find a way to break down a dogged Republic of Ireland team as the two sides played out a dull scoreless draw in their UEFA Nations League B, Group 4 clash in Dublin on Saturday.

Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 4 - Republic of Ireland v Denmark - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - October 13 2018 Denmark's Pione Sisto in action with Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie Action images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

The visitors were missing injured playmaker Christian Eriksen, who scored a stunning hat-trick in a 5-1 World Cup playoff win at the Aviva Stadium 11 months ago, and his quality was sorely missed in a game that was bereft of chances.

Denmark winger Pione Sisto skimmed the outside of the far post in first-half stoppage time and Danish captain Simon Kjaer had a header cleared off the line from a corner in the second period, while the Irish barely managed an attack of note.

Cyrus Christie forced Kasper Schmeichel to make a diving save in the 71st minute, but the Irish seemed content to settle for a draw that leaves Denmark top of the group on four points, with Wales a point behind and the Irish bottom on one point with all the teams having played two games.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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