Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off tie with Denmark is finely poised after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The only clear chances of a tight encounter were in the first half as Darren Randolph made a sharp double save and Pione Sisto turned a rebound wide from a good position.

Ireland offered little in attack but almost hit on the break in the 44th minute as Cyrus Christie saw a shot saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Randolph also tipped over a late header from substitute Yussuf Poulsen to ensure the tie is level ahead of the return leg at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

Ireland might well be the happier side after the first leg, having set up with a defensive gameplan in Copenhagen and allowed Denmark the majority of the possession.

The visitors did almost suffer an early setback as Randolph made a double save to deny Jens Stryger Larsen and then Andreas Cornelius.

Otherwise Ireland were relatively untroubled until the 33rd minute when Randolph could only palm out a shot from Christian Eriksen and Sisto failed to finish the rebound from close range.

Ireland’s best moment of the first half came late on as Christie burst past Larsen down the right side and then saw his chipped shot saved by Schmeichel.

The visitors continued to hold their defensive shape after the break and neither side created any more clear chances until the final few minutes of the match.

Shane Duffy headed at Schmeichel from a free-kick before substitute Poulsen saw an effort tipped over by Randolph.

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