Ciaran Clark made his return for the Republic of Ireland for the first time in over a year in their 3-1 victory over New Zealand last Thursday. Tonight, Clark played in a match that mattered.
A win against Denmark and the Republic of Ireland would qualify for the European Championships. Anything else meant they could be watching next summer from home.
Ciaran Clark was brought in for Sheffield United’s John Egan to start the second half with the match scoreless.
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Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite opened the scoring in the 73rd minute to give the Danes the one-goal advantage.
Wolves’ Matt Doherty was able to level the proceedings with a header from a corner in the 85th minute, giving Ireland everything to fight for. But it wasn’t enough, and the game ended 1-1 in a heartbreaking finish for Ciaran Clark and his teammates.
Switzerland did what they had to do in beating Gibraltar 6-0 to win Group D and qualification. With the draw, Denmark got second place and will join the Swiss in next summer’s European Championships.