Denmark got the point they needed to seal a place at Euro 2020 as Group D runners-up with a 1-1 draw in Dublin on Monday that consigned the hosts to the playoffs for the third successive tournament.
A 73rd minute Martin Braithwaite goal set the 1992 European champions on their way to celebrating qualification in Dublin for the second tournament in a row after a 5-1 win almost two years ago to the day had sent them to last year’s World Cup.
But they had to survive a late onslaught when Ireland, the better side throughout, scored only their seventh goal in eight qualifiers when Matt Doherty headed home after 85 minutes but they could not get the win they needed to qualify automatically.
Denmark, whose capital, like Dublin, will be one of the tournament’s host cities next year, finished three points ahead of Ireland after the two sides’ second draw of the campaign to join group winners Switzerland in the finals.
Elsewhere on Monday night, Italy thumped hapless Armenia 9-1 to complete their Euro 2020 qualifying group with a perfect record and extend their record-breaking run to 11 successive international wins.
Twenty-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo scored a brace, his first international goals, while Ciro Immobile also scored twice as Italy, already qualified, completed Group J with 30 points from their 10 games.
Italy also beat the United States in a friendly before the group stage began and their winning run is the longest in their 109-year history.
Switzerland also qualified with an easy 6-1 win away to Gibraltar in their final Group D qualifying match with Cedric Itten scoring twice.
Results and fixtures for the European Championship Qualification on Monday (start times are
Republic of Ireland (0) 1 Denmark (0) 1
Gibraltar (0) 1 Switzerland (1) 6
Sweden (1) 3 Faroe Islands (0) 0
Spain (4) 5 Romania (0) 0
Malta (1) 1 Norway (1) 2
Liechtenstein (0) 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina (0) 3
Italy (4) 9 Armenia (0) 1
Greece (0) 2 Finland (1) 1
Tuesday, November 19 fixtures (CET/GMT)
Netherlands v Estonia (2045/1945)
Germany v Northern Ireland (2045/1945)
Wales v Hungary (2045/1945)
Slovakia v Azerbaijan (2045/1945)
Poland v Slovenia (2045/1945)
Latvia v Austria (2045/1945)
North Macedonia v Israel (2045/1945)
Belgium v Cyprus (2045/1945)
San Marino v Russia (2045/1945)
Scotland v Kazakhstan (2045/1945)