Seamus Coleman slammed Denmark last night following Ireland’s 1-1 in Copenhagen following negative pre-match in the run-up to the Euro 2020 qualifier.
Last night’s clash in Parken Stadium was the fifth competitive game in 19 months between Ireland and Denmark and the sides are sick of the sight of each other.
Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen and Thomas Delaney of Borussia Dortmund have both scorned Ireland’s negative tactics in recent times.
Mick McCarthy’s have been accused of being primitive in their approach, scared to attack and were labelled the most ‘annoying’ team in international football.
But Shane Duffy left Denmark cursing the Republic of Ireland once again as he headed home a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw and maintain Ireland place at the top of Group D – collecting seven out of nine points so far.
🎙 – “Shane Duffy is the man who steps up when needed!” The @OfficialBHAFC defender scored a crucial, late equaliser as the Republic of Ireland maintained their unbeaten start to Euro 2020 qualifying with a 1-1 draw against Denmark: https://t.co/zHDtx7DQJr pic.twitter.com/7q68453T5J — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 7, 2019
McCarthy’s outfit looked to be heading for a first defeat in the competition after substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had given the Danes the lead four minutes after coming off the bench but Duffy’s 85th-minute bullet header, his third international goal, was enough to claim a point at the Telia Parken Stadium and preserve the unbeaten start Mick McCarthy’s side had made to their Group D campaign.
Speaking after the game, Ireland captain Seamus Coleman had some choice words for their counterparts.
He told Off The Ball: “My blood was boiling.”
“But in press conferences you’ve got to stay professional, there’s no point fuelling any fires. You never know with these things — have they been said like they’ve been said or what.”
“Definitely it did get a mention beforehand to give you that extra motivation without a shadow of a doubt,” the Everton defender said. “[One of their players] said you can change your manager but can’t change the players and you’re thinking: ‘Hold on a minute there’.
“But, as I said, I don’t know if that is exactly how it was said or not, so we’ve got to go with what we’ve read.
“I read it and was obviously a bit annoyed by it and made sure to mention it beforehand,” he added.
“We’ve got good players and another thing we have is a great fighting spirit. Look, we’ve done nothing yet. They’re going to come to Dublin and try and put one over on us as well, and we’ve Gibraltar coming up as well, so we’ve done absolutely nothing yet. But it’s a good start.”