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UEFA Nations League: Republic of Ireland - Denmark Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

Republic of IrelandRepublic of IrelandAviva Stadium - DublinSaturday 13 October 2018
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Group B4 - Matchday 3
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Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/11/2017PORepublic of Ireland - Denmark1-5
agg: 1-5
DublinDuffy 6; A. Christensen 29, Eriksen 32, 63, 74, Bendtner 90 (P)
11/11/2017PODenmark - Republic of Ireland0-0Copenhagen
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
28/04/1993QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Denmark1-1DublinQuinn 75; Vilfort 27
14/10/1992QR (GS)Denmark - Republic of Ireland0-0Copenhagen
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/11/1985QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Denmark1-4
DublinStapleton 6; Elkjær 7, 76, M. Laudrup 49, Sivebæk 57
14/11/1984QR (GS)Denmark - Republic of Ireland3-0
CopenhagenElkjær 30, 46, Lerby 55
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/05/1979PR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Denmark2-0
DublinDaly 44, Givens 66
24/05/1978PR (GS)Denmark - Republic of Ireland3-3CopenhagenJensen 33, Nielsen 79 (P), Lerby 80; Stapleton 11, Grealish 25, Daly 65
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/10/1969QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Denmark1-1DublinGivens 8; Jensen 85 (P)
27/05/1969QR (GS)Denmark - Republic of Ireland2-0
CopenhagenSørensen 35, 67
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/10/1957QR (GS)Denmark - Republic of Ireland0-2
CopenhagenCummins 53, Curtis 62
03/10/1956QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Denmark2-1
DublinCurtis 27, Gavin 45; Jensen 85
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Republic of Ireland62226132----155642121

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Squad list Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland - Squad list
League phase
1Colin Doyle12/06/198533Hearts - 00
16Sean McDermott30/05/199325Kristiansund - 00
23Darren Randolph12/05/198731Middlesbrough - 10
3Cyrus Christie30/09/199226Fulham - 10
4Shane Duffy01/01/199226Brighton - 10
5Ciaran Clark26/09/198929Newcastle*10
7Shaun Williams19/10/198631MK Dons - 11
10John Egan20/10/199225Sheff. United - 00
12Enda Stevens09/07/199028Sheff. United - 10
18Matthew Doherty16/01/199226Wolves - 00
20Richard Keogh11/08/198632Derby - 00
21Kevin Long18/08/199028Burnley - 00
-Harry Arter28/12/198928Cardiff - 00
-James McClean22/04/198929Stoke - 00
6David Meyler29/05/198929Reading - 00
8Callum O'Dowda23/04/199523Bristol City - 10
13Jeff Hendrick31/01/199226Burnley - 10
14Callum Robinson02/02/199523Preston - 10
22Conor Hourihane02/02/199127Aston Villa - 10
-Shane Long22/01/198731Southampton - 00
-Seán Maguire01/05/199424Preston - 00
-Scott Hogan13/04/199226Aston Villa - 00
11Aiden O'Brien04/10/199325Millwall - 00
-Martin O'Neill01/03/195266 - 10
Denmark - Squad list
League phase
1Kasper Schmeichel05/11/198631Leicester*10
16Jonas Lössl01/02/198929Huddersfield - 00
22Frederik Rønnow04/08/199226Frankfurt - 00
2Peter Ankersen22/09/199028København - 00
3Jannik Vestergaard03/08/199226Southampton - 00
4Simon Kjær26/03/198929Sevilla - 10
5Jonas Knudsen16/09/199226Ipswich - 00
6Andreas Christensen10/04/199622Chelsea - 00
13Mathias Jørgensen23/04/199028Huddersfield - 10
14Henrik Dalsgaard27/07/198929Brentford - 10
17Jens Stryger Larsen21/02/199127Udinese - 10
7Anders Christiansen08/06/199028Malmö - 00
8Thomas Delaney03/09/199127Dortmund - 10
12Mike Jensen19/02/198830Rosenborg - 00
15Pierre Højbjerg05/08/199523Southampton - 00
18Lukas Lerager12/07/199325Bordeaux - 00
19Lasse Schöne27/05/198632Ajax - 10
23Pione Sisto04/02/199523Celta - 10
9Kasper Dolberg06/10/199721Ajax - 00
10Christian Gytkjaer06/05/199028Lech - 00
11Martin Braithwaite05/06/199127Middlesbrough - 10
20Yussuf Poulsen15/06/199424Leipzig - 10
21Andreas Cornelius16/03/199325Bordeaux - 10
-Aage Hareide23/09/195365 - 10

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Head coach Only this chapter

Martin O'Neill

Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery, Nottingham Forest, Norwich (twice), Manchester City, Notts County, Chesterfield, Fulham
Coaching career:
Grantham Town, Shepshed Charterhouse, Wycombe, Norwich, Leicester, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Republic of Ireland

• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.

• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.

• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking them to the last 16 where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France. He agreed a new contract despite subsequently missing out on the 2018 World Cup after a play-off defeat by Denmark.


Åge Hareide

Date of birth: 23 September 1953
Nationality: Norwegian
Playing career: Hødd, Molde (twice), Manchester City, Norwich
Coaching career:
Molde (twice), Helsinborg (twice), Brøndby, Rosenborg, Norway, Örgryte, Viking, Malmö, Denmark

• Having trained as a tax accountant before turning professional, Hareide was a physical defender who represented his country 50 times between 1976 and 1986. His club career took him from Molde to Manchester City and then Norwich in the English top flight.

• Hareide made the transition to coaching before hanging up his boots. After returning from England he acted as Molde player-coach for two seasons. From 1987 he focused solely on coaching and a second spell as Molde boss brought his first silverware – the 1994 Norwegian Cup. His first trophy in Sweden was also the cup, with Helsingborg in 1998. In 2003, Hareide added a further Norwegian Cup as coach of Rosenborg.

• Hareide is the only coach to have won league titles in Sweden (Helsingborg 1999, Malmö 2014), Denmark (Brøndby 2001/02) and Norway (Rosenborg 2003).

• Coached Norway from January 2004 until December 2008. Under Hareide, Norway made it to the play-offs for the 2006 FIFA World Cup but lost 2-0 on aggregate to the Czech Republic.

• Returned to Helsingborg in 2012 for a six-month spell and steered the side to the UEFA Champions League play-offs. In January 2014 he was appointed by Malmö, leading them to the Swedish title and into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time at the start of 2014/15. He repeated the feat when Malmö progressed via the play-offs in 2015/16, before being appointed Denmark coach in December 2015, leading his side to the 2018 World Cup and ultimately the round of 16 in Russia.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJavier Estrada (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesJavier Rodriguez (ESP) , Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)
  • Additional assistant refereesRicardo De Burgos (ESP) , José Luis Munuera Montero (ESP)
  • Fourth officialIñigo Prieto López De Cerain (ESP)
  • UEFA DelegateJacob Erel (ISR)
  • UEFA Referee observerSándor Piller (HUN)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Javier Estrada27/01/1976035

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
10/12/2015UELGSFC MidtjyllandClub Brugge1-1Herning
23/11/2017UELGSFC Lokomotiv MoskvaFC København2-1Moscow

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group B4 - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland1001140
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Wales 4-1 Republic of Ireland
    1-0 Lawrence 6, 2-0 Bale 18, 3-0 Ramsey 37, 4-0 Roberts 55, 4-1 Williams 66
    Randolph, Coleman, Christie, Duffy, Clark, O'Dowda, Hendrick, Robinson (77 Horgan), Ward (61 Stevens), Walters, Hourihane (56 Williams)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Republic of Ireland-Denmark
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
    Republic of Ireland-Wales
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    Denmark-Republic of Ireland


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Denmark 2-0 Wales
    1-0 Eriksen 32, 2-0 Eriksen 63 (P)
    Schmeichel, Kjær, Delaney, Eriksen, Braithwaite, M. Jørgensen, Dalsgaard, Stryger Larsen, Schöne, Y. Poulsen (86 Cornelius), Sisto (46 Fischer)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Republic of Ireland-Denmark
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    Denmark-Republic of Ireland

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