Denmark manager thanks Republic of Ireland 'very much' for giving Christian Eriksen so much space

Denmark boss Aage Hareide remarkably thanked Ireland “very much” for playing a formation that gave Christian Eriksen the freedom to score a hat-trick in his side’s brilliant 5-1 win to qualify for the World Cup.

The Tottenham Hotspur was devastating, as his side came from behind to humiliate Ireland after Shane Duffy’s fifth-minute header. Once Denmark got back in the game through a Cyrus Christie own goal, Eriksen began to purr, but Hareide said he was surprised by how Ireland set up to allow that.

O’Neill played a diamond midfield that gave the Spurs playmaker

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