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John O'Shea on Repbulic of Ireland v Denmark play-off

14 November 2017, 02:17 | Lena Norman

Harry Arter during Republic of Ireland squad press conference at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown Dublin

Harry Arter during Republic of Ireland squad press conference at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown Dublin

Martin O'Neill issues instructions to Cyrus Christie.

Over the course of the two legs, if the score is level then the tie will be decided on away goals aggregate.

Another stalemate, however, would take the tie to extra-time and possibly penalties.

Age Hareide's side booked their place in the final round after finishing second - five points behind table-topping Poland - in Group E. Losses to the Poles and Montenegro in their first three outings ultimately proved costly for Denmark, who went undefeated in their final seven matches but could not make up the ground despite a thumping 4-0 triumph over the group winners in September.

MARTIN O'NEILL ACKNOWLEDGED that his Ireland side will need to be better in possession if they're to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at Denmark's expense.

Earlier on Monday, Ireland midfielder David Meyler had said: 'I only see one outcome, I think Ireland are going to the World Cup. I think it will be a different match.

'Denmark are a very good team, but they don't have the character and the heart and the desire that we have'.

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"My thoughts on that is he doesn't know my players", said the coach. "Most of our players are spread out in the whole of Europe, some with great experience and they don't get that far if they don't have the heart and the brains to play football".

"They just want us to make a mistake". 'That's okay, but I haven't got the patience to play like that.

"We can draw 1-1 against Ireland, and then we are on". They drew against Wales 0-0 (at home), they won away to Wales 1-0, and they drew 2-2 in Serbia.

An away goal counts for double, meaning that if Ireland were to manage a score draw tonight, a 0-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday would be good enough to send them through.

He added: 'I think with Martin, he finds a way. "I don't know if Ireland will do it".

After describing the game as "a physical battle", O'Neill said: "The players put a big effort into the game". It's very amusing because these are different philosophies. He will stick to that task and that way of playing.

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