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World Cup Heartache For Clarets

Irish dream over on frustrating night for Turf Moor internationals

14 November 2017

The Republic of Ireland’s World Cup dream is over after a crushing 5-1 defeat by Denmark in Dublin.

The Clarets trio of Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward all started the second leg of the play-off, with Kevin Long on the bench, as Ireland looked to secure a place in the finals for the first time in 16 years.

But they will not be going to Russia 2018 after the Danes hit back from conceding an early goal to dash Ireland’s hopes.

Former Burnley loanee Shane Duffy headed Martin O’Neill’s side in front with his first goal at the Aviva Stadium to make the aggregate score 1-0 following a stalemate in the first leg in Copenhagen.

But the night then turned sour as Tottenham forward Christian Eriksen helped himself to a hat-trick to take Denmark through to the finals for a fifth time.

On a frustrating night for the Clarets’ international contingent, Sam Vokes missed a penalty as Wales drew 1-1 with World Cup finalists Panama in Cardiff.

Jack Cork was an unused substitute for England as they drew 0-0 with a Brazil – a second goalless draw in five days for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson didn’t see any action for Iceland as a much-changed side drew 1-1 in Qatar but Steven Defour did come on for Belgium in their 1-0 win over Japan as the Burnley midfielder won his first cap in over a year.

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