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Big boost for Ireland's Euros hopes, as Georgia hold Denmark

The Danes, along with Switzerland, are widely regarded as Mick McCarthy’s side’s main rivals for qualification in the group.

Christian Eriksen (file pic).
Christian Eriksen (file pic).
Image: Tim Goode

IRELAND’S HOPES OF qualification for Euro 2020 were handed a significant boost today, as Denmark could only draw 0-0 away to Georgia in Tbilisi.

The Danes, along with Switzerland, are widely regarded as Ireland’s main rivals for qualification in the group.

Today’s result leaves the Danes two points behind Ireland, with the sides set to meet in the final group match in November.

Meanwhile, in today’s other qualifier in the group, Switzerland comfortably overcame Gibraltar 4-0.

Mick McCarthy was among those watching the Danish game on TV and the Irish boss played down suggestions that it was two points dropped for the visitors.

“I was listening to the commentary and at the end of the match they were making out that Denmark had fluffed their lines,” he told the FAI.

“I don’t agree. Georgia are a good team, they were playing at home and the result just highlights for me how hard it is to go away and win in this group. Georgia might even have won it when they put that free-kick straight at [Kasper] Schmeichel at the death and there were a few shouts around the room here when that happened.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted it was a draw but the onus is still on us to go out there now and pick up points in October.”

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