Denmark admitted they were expecting the Republic of Ireland's defensive tactical approach as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the Nations League in Aarhus.

Danish boss Åge Hareide was asked in his post-match press conference if he had ever met a team as negative as Ireland.

"No," he responded.

"They have to choose their tactics and we have to work on our own play. They defended well and we got some chances. It’s hard to break down.

"We know that is difficult. If they chose tactics like this it’s their choice."

"Ireland waste a lot of time if they can"

Star players Christan Eriksen was substituted at half-time in a planned move by the Danes given there was little riding on the outcome.

He said that Martin O'Neill's men had the hammering received by the Danes in their minds with their approach.

"Ireland waste a lot of time if they can," the Tottenham Hotspur man said.

"They rarely went forward.  [There was] a lot of defending on their side while we tried to attack.

"They play like this every game they played. In the second game in Ireland they went forward but we know what happened. That is probably why they're too scared to go forward."