Martin O'Neill says Republic of Ireland were well beaten by Denmark

2018 World Cup qualifier play-off match report Republic of Ireland v Denmark 14 November 2017

Ireland 1 - Denmark 5: Christian Eriksen sends Danes to Russia with stunning hat-trick

"There are no literally no words to describe how happy I am he is Danish", Schmeichel said of Eriksen.

The Republic of Ireland's World Cup dream was brough to a horrific end on Tuesday night as Christian Eriksen scored a hatrick to help Denmark on their way to Russian Federation next summer.

O'Neill said of his contract situation: "I haven't spoken to John since we talked about it, so I'll speak to John, I'm sure".

Eriksen scored two more goals, showing his complete superiority on the pitch, suggesting that Ireland's lack of a World Class player in this encounter left them out of the World Cup.

"We were chasing the game and needed goals to get back into the game but as we were trying to press, Denmark took advantage".

"That is simply not true", he insisted, adding that he hadn't won the "trophies that I have won both as a player and manager" because of luck.

Not surprisingly, McClean, one of Ireland's better performers on the night, was distraught at the end of the game.

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Eriksen, who has scored 21 times in 75 internationals, said there were more goals to come from Denmark in Russian Federation.

The sides came into the second leg evenly poised after they played to a goalless draw in the first leg.

If Denmark's first goal, an own goal by Cyrus Christie, was a bit disheartening for the Irish, Eriksen's wonder goal in the 32nd minute completely broke them.

Eriksen told Sky Sports Main Event: "It's not often I score any hat-trick, so of course it's incredible and taking your country to the World Cup with three goals away and winning the play-off, it's going to mean a lot for my whole career, for my whole life really".

"When you give him the ball, something happens, that's the difference between the sides - when you've got a world-class player".

"I'm very pleased for the team, this is a hard place to play football - they're compact and good defensively, so scoring five against Ireland does not happen very often".

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