Int'l match day roundup: Denmark beat Republic of Ireland to reach World Cup
Denmark has fought back from one down to earn an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland to advance to next year's World Cup.
Denmark now becomes the 30th club that is assured a slot in next summer's 32-team tournament.
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying play off second leg soccer match between Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. [Photo; AP]
Later on today, Australia will host Honduras in the 2nd leg of their home-and-home, with the Aussies managing to hold the Central American's to a nil-nil draw in their first encounter.
Australia's captain Mike Jedinak said: "The importance is known by everybody in the squad, that goes without saying. It's now just making sure that we're tuned in and like I said, we're 100 per cent prepared to execute what we need to do on that pitch on Wednesday night."
The final ticket to Russia is another toss-up between New Zealand and Peru, with the Peruvians hosting after a nil-nil draw in their first match.
Meanwhile, in international friendlies action:
China has suffered another loss, crushed by Columbia 4-0 at home last night in Chongqing after a 2-0 defeat to Serbia four days ago.
Carlos Bacca, 2nd right, of Colombia, tries to block a pass by Zhang Linpeng, right, in a friendly China-Colombia in southwest China´s Chongqing Municipality Tuesday 14 November 2017. [Photo: IC]
England ended in a goal-less draw with Brazil.
Germany was able to score in the last minute to force a 2-2 draw with France.
Germany's Timo Werner, left, kicks the ball against France's Adrien Rabiot, right, during an international friendly soccer match between Germany and France in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. [Photo: AP]
Spain and Russia drew 3-3.
Argentina went down to Nigeria 4-2. That match was actually played in Russia as a test for the World Cup venues.