Given the Republic of Ireland's celebrations following their 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff last month, you'd have been forgiven for thinking they'd qualified for next summer's World Cup.
As good a job as Martin O'Neill's side did on a Bale-less Wales on that night, and as much as they deserved to win, they'd only reached the playoffs. Denmark were pulled out of the hat as their opponents, and after a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen in the first leg at the weekend, things looked promising. Win, and they were there.
Ireland completed 368 passes over the two legs. Denmark? 901. Different level stuff.— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) November 14, 2017
The Tottenham star has been THE MAN for his country over the course of this campaign. He hit eight goals in the group stages to help Denmark into the playoffs, but really stepped it up a notch on this night to crush Irish dreams and send his country through as Europe's final qualifier.
The boys at Opta have sent us Ireland's heat-map from tonight.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 14, 2017
It's a shame, but you could always see Ireland craicing under the pressure in a big game— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) November 14, 2017