Hareide: One goal will be enough

13 November 2017 08:49:29 EST

Denmark boss Age Hareide thinks his side will only need to score one goal against the Republic of Ireland to confirm their place in the World Cup finals.

Martin O'Neill's side produced a dour display in Copenhagen as they drew the first leg of their play-off 0-0 and Hareide believes the Irish will be incapable of scoring in Tuesday's second leg either.

Hareide had been very critical of the Republic's style of play after the goalless first leg and insists the Danes will have nothing to fear in Dublin.

He said: "It will be enough for us if we score over there because they do not score two goals so often."

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is also upbeat heading into the second leg, saying: "We have a slight advantage given the fact that, if both teams score [in Dublin], we are going to be the ones going through, and that's why this second game will be a little bit different."

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is similarly optimistic as Denmark attempt to reach the World Cup for the first time since 2010. He said: "Ireland played the same style through all of qualification, so I don't think it will change that much on Tuesday.

"At home, they might be a bit more adventurous with the fans at their back, but I don't think it will change too much. They will be scared of us scoring a goal. That would be a big hit. The first goal is very important.

"I feel that we will have our chance in Dublin. I'm really confident."

Denmark are 4/7 to qualify for the World Cup finals and 9/2 to win Tuesday's match 1-0 while Bendtner is 3/1 to score at any time in Dublin.

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