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Martin O’Neill lightens the mood before Republic of Ireland’s tightrope walk

Ireland's manager Martin O'Neill (C) and assistent manager Roy Keane attend a training session at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen on November 10, 2017, the day before the World Cup...

Roy Keane said last week the key to Martin O’Neill’s celebrated motivational acumen boils down to a knack for saying the right thing at the right time. So it was intriguing, on the eve of Tuesday’s second leg of the tautly wound World Cup play‑off between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, to hear O’Neill tease his captain, David Meyler, about missing penalties in training.

Republic of Ireland out to change Denmark’s mood in World Cup play-off

Irlands's national football team manager Martin O'Neill attends a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen on November 10, 2017, the day before the World Cup...

The United Nations has classed Denmark as the happiest country in the world for three of the past five years, with Gallup research reckoning that the average Dane experiences 80 positive emotions per day. The factors assessed include affluence, stability, health, education and personal fulfilment. Football success does not come into it, apparently.

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Ireland's manager Martin O'Neill (C) and assistent manager Roy Keane attend a training session at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen on November 10, 2017, the day before the World Cup...

Martin O’Neill lightens the mood before Republic of Ireland’s tightrope walk

Roy Keane said last week the key to Martin O’Neill’s celebrated motivational acumen boils down to a knack for saying the right thing at the right time. So it was intriguing, on the eve of Tuesday’s second leg of the tautly wound World Cup play‑off between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, to hear O’Neill tease his captain, David Meyler, about missing penalties in training.

Irlands's national football team manager Martin O'Neill attends a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen on November 10, 2017, the day before the World Cup...

Republic of Ireland out to change Denmark’s mood in World Cup play-off

The United Nations has classed Denmark as the happiest country in the world for three of the past five years, with Gallup research reckoning that the average Dane experiences 80 positive emotions per day. The factors assessed include affluence, stability, health, education and personal fulfilment. Football success does not come into it, apparently.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill (R) watches on from the sidelines during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Austria at Aviva Stadium on June 11,...

Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill ‘not bothered’ by Wales being favourites

It is up for grabs now. Wales host the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadiumon Monday with each set of supporters still a little dizzy after several days’ performing needless mental acrobatics in a bid to understand the permutations required for their side either to qualify for Russia as group winners or to make the play-offs as one of the eight top second-placed sides.