Denmark go to next year's World Cup with one of the world's top 10 players in Christian Eriksen, coach Age Hareide said on Tuesday, after the Tottenham playmaker grabbed a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Ireland.
The playmaker was the youngest player at the 2010 World Cup, where Denmark exited at the group stage, but more performances like this could see the Danes spring a surprise in Russian Federation.
Eriksen then stole the show, putting the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute, and scoring two more after the break.
With last week's first leg having finished 0-0, Ireland made an ideal start to the return match by taking the lead in the sixth minute through defender Shane Duffy.
Despite falling behind early, the Scandinavians responded with five unanswered goals to secure their place at Russian Federation 2018, with Christian Eriksen leading the way with a hat-trick in Dublin.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will speak to the country's football association about his future after failing to reach the World Cup.
And with that heroic performance, Denmark qualifies for the World Cup for the first time since 2010.
"It's a insane feeling, we've been fighting together for so long since the qualification started", he said.
"We're in this stage here and we thought we could win this game, but we didn't win the game, we were well beaten in the end and we have to take this punishment".
"That's the name of the game, we have to go for it".
"'Thank you very much for giving us space', because they locked us down in the first leg very well and Eriksen was out of the game, and today he was fantastic."
We saw it against Real Madrid, he's probably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment.
Former Leicester and Celtic manager O'Neill's defensive style of play has often been criticised and his side scored three or more goals in a single game just once in their 12 qualifying and play-off matches. In the end we have lost a playoff game to take us to a World Cup.
"Of course we got a lucky goal when Christiansen scored and after that it was just one-way".
"When you give him the ball, something happens, that's the difference between the sides - when you've got a world-class player". I take the more clinical shot rather than passing.
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