Ciaran Clark was a happy man on Saturday night.
Finding out just before the match he had been given the captain’s armband, the Newcastle defender led his team superbly.
A two-leg all or nothing tie against Denmark, deciding who goes to Russia next summer.
It was imperative that the Republic of Ireland didn’t concede in Copenhagen.
Despite having only 28% possession, Ciaran Clark marshalled his defence and kept the Danes out, a goalless draw the outcome.
The BBC Sport stats showed that Darren Randolph faced five attempts on target but the goal remained intact.
The two sides now face each other in Dublin on Tuesday night, with advantage Ciaran Clark and the Republic of Ireland.
Ciaran Clark talking to BBC Sport:
“We are happy with that, a real tough game out there tonight
“We felt that we were very organised, limited their chances, and at the end of the day we will take that.
“We are looking forward now to a good game on Tuesday night.
“To be honest, we didn’t want to make it like that (an open/entertaining game for fans), it was all about coming here and getting the right result for us, no matter how we played, and we did that.”
‘When did you find out you were going to be Captain?’
“Just before the game, very proud.
“Really proud for myself and my family.
“That was it, a very proud moment, but the result was the most important thing.
“We get back and prepare right for Tuesday – get recovered and go again.”