Christian Eriksen is Going to the World Cup (Ireland vs Denmark)

Christian Eriksen is Going to the World Cup (Ireland vs Denmark)

Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland, whose hopes ended in the UEFA playoffs once more. It is the fifth time that the Danes have qualified for world football's showpiece event.

The boys in gren were ahead after just six minutes, Robbie Brady provided a sublime ball into the box, Nicolai Jorgensen flicked it up in the act of clearing, Shane Duffy was waiting to put the ball past Casper Schmeicel in the goal, the dream was alive and well.

Despite falling behind early, the Scandinavians responded with five unanswered goals to secure their place at Russian Federation 2018, with Christian Eriksen leading the way with a hat-trick in Dublin.

Sisto Emirmija's incisive run and low cross found Andreas Christensen, who knocked the ball off the post before the rebound took a deflection off of Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie and found the back of the net for 1-1.

Ireland's inability to score in the first leg meant its lead was as precarious as could be, however, and two goals inside three minutes put Denmark in firm control.

Ireland tried to regroup but were easily picked off on the counter attack as Eriksen curled in his second, this time with his left foot, after 64 minutes, and completed his treble 10 minutes later before Nicklas Bendtner added a late penalty.

However, Denmark bagged a third goal in the 63rd minute as Eriksen registered his second on the night with a fine effort from 20 yards.

Elsewhere in World Cup qualifying, two dead rubbers were played out in Africa's Group D, with Burkina Faso beating Cape Verde 4-0 and Senegal sealing a 2-1 win over South Africa.

The result sees Denmark cement their place at next summer's World Cup from the European qualifiers, alongside Sweden, Switzerland and Croatia.

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