Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill rued missed chances after his side were thrashed 5-1 by Denmark in their World Cup qualifying play-off.
A suffocating goalless draw in Copenhagen was followed by a rollicking affair in Dublin, one which the Irish started superbly, taking a sixth-minute lead through Shane Duffy.
But Age Hareide's men stuck to their task and a Cyrus Christie own goal was followed by Christian Eriksen's superb hat-trick before Nicklas Bendtner's penalty capped a brutal Danish demolition job.
However, having seen Daryl Murphy and James McClean narrowly miss half-chances with Ireland still ahead, O'Neill lamented his side's inability to keep the pressure on.
"We were well beaten in the end," O'Neill told RTE. "No question about that.
"We obviously got off to a great start and perhaps James' second goal [if it was scored] might have made a big difference in the game.
"We conceded two really sloppy goals in a matter of minutes and it was a long way back after that.
"The goals are so sloppy when you look back at them. They are so, so bad.
"There is two-on-one for a corner and Harry [Arter] gets beaten but we should still be able to clear the ball and we haven't done that and the next goal is a comedy of mistakes.
"The whole mindset changes, you are 2-1 down in a matter of minutes when perhaps six minutes earlier you could have been 2-0 up."
Trailing 2-1 at the break, O'Neill introduced Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan in place of David Meyler and Arter, but it only served to provide the space for Eriksen to put the game to bed.
Danish coach Age Hareide thanked O'Neill for opening the game up in his post-match interview, but the Irish boss was satisfied with his tactical decision.
"That's the name of the game, we have to go for it. There is no point in dying wondering. We had to get two goals back," he added.
"We're capable of coming back from it. We've been beaten but been beaten in a play-off game. In the end we have lost a play-off game to take us to a World Cup. We'll come back again."
|I don´t know what you want - Mourinho blasts Man United critics|
|Mourinho protecting Pogba and Ibrahimovic as they prepare for Brighton|
|Stoke to offer Crouch fresh deal|
|Record-breaker Holmes hits Fiji for six as Australia march into final|
|Del Piero expects Juventus and Dybala to rediscover top form|
|Melbourne City 1 Perth Glory 3: Ten-man hosts pay the penalty|
|Chawrasia´s challenge on track in Hong Kong|
|Herbert leads Australian Open with Day poised|
|Moyes wants greater ref protection for Carroll|
|Unsworth questions players´ commitment after Atalanta embarrassment|
|Pistorius prison sentence more than doubled|
|Who, what, when and where? – All you need to know about the 2018 World Cup draw|
|PSG prepare for Monaco with order restored and European dominance in mind|
|Wenger calms Welbeck injury fears after planned substitution|
|The Ashes round-up: Smith and Marsh steady ship after early England burst|
|Kaka unsure over playing future amid Milan directorship offer|
|Monaco v Paris Saint-Germain: The Opta facts as Mbappe returns with Neymar in tow|
|Smith, Marsh lead revival as Australia fight back against England|
|USA claim World Cup qualifying win|
|Warner and Khawaja fall in dominant England spell|
|Rivers leads Chargers past Cowboys, Vikings beat Lions|
|Griezmann happy at Atletico, says Koke|
|Maxwell puts pressure on Marsh and selectors with blazing century|
|England collapse as Aussies bowl out Ashes tourists for 302|
|Ronaldo will deliver when needed for Madrid – Alonso|
|Hunt recommits to Wallabies, Reds|
|Blues appoint Fittler in quest for Origin glory|
|Starc rips knee, pants at Gabba|
|Rodrigo commits to Valencia until 2022|
|Parker news conference unprofessional, says Joshua|
|All Blacks injuries no help to Wales – Gatland|
|Domestic bliss? Montella targets Serie A resurgence after Europa League success|
|Rooney stands by Unsworth after Everton humiliation|
|He deserved more chances – Hazard hails ´top player´ Salah|
|Hartley set to lead England at Six Nations despite Samoa omission|
|We have to stay awake all the time - Coutinho frustrated after Sevilla collapse|
|Everton 1 Atalanta 5: Cristante and Cornelius knock more shine off Premier League strugglers|
|AC Milan 5 Austria Wien 1: Andre Silva sends Montella´s men through to the last 32|
|Joshua: Awkward Fury a ´nutjob´, but I´d knock Wilder out with one punch|
|Wasteful Arsenal leave Wenger frustrated|
|Goffin: Belgium have nothing to lose in Davis Cup final|
|McInnes to remain at Aberdeen despite links to Rangers, West Brom|
|Robinho given prison sentence in Italy for 2013 sexual assault|
|Cologne 1 Arsenal 0: Gunners secure top spot despite defeat|
|Vikings´ Griffen asks fans to help name his baby during Thanksgiving game|
|The Breakdown: A statistical look at Saturday´s rugby internationals|
|All Blacks skipper Read to miss Wales clash|
|Silva not giving ´one more word´ on Everton speculation|
|North free to choose region, insists Gatland|
|Everton sign Bramley Moore Dock lease|
|UEFA investigating Bayern after fans throw fake money in protest over Champions League prices|
|North´s Northampton spell ´like having a Ferrari in your garage but you can´t find the key´|
|Robben out of Gladbach clash with ´minor´ calf strain|
|Pochettino pleased to see Rose emotion|
|Fury still looks far from fitness with hearing set for December|
|Mourinho factor makes Man Utd a title threat, says Lampard|
|Chase hit with two-year ban for cocaine use|
|Jones returns to lead much-changed Wales against All Blacks|
|Chelsea´s best chance of success is Champions League, claims Lampard|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton not relishing imminent Halo, Vettel wants Baku awards|
|Cummins savours taking ´dream´ Root wicket|
|Jones makes nine England changes as Simmonds starts at number eight|
|Robben: It could be over for me after this season|
|Newcastle Jets 4 Melbourne Victory 1: Nabbout at the double|
|Chawrasia leads from Fitzpatrick in Hong Kong|
|Vince revels in silencing the doubters|
|Happy Sanchez could win the Premier League for Arsenal, Lauren claims|
|Davis leads Australian Open as Spieth struggles in the wind|
|Halep tips Dimitrov for grand slam glory|
|The Ashes round-up: England falter after Vince and Stoneman half-centuries|