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Judge inspires Ireland comeback with stunning free-kick in Denmark but ends game with broken wrist

PUBLISHED: 22:06 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 22:18 07 June 2019

Republic of Ireland's Alan Judge receives treatment  at Parken. Picture: PA

Republic of Ireland's Alan Judge receives treatment at Parken. Picture: PA

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Alan Judge was Ireland's spark off the bench this evening as the Ipswich Town playmaker inspired a comeback in Denmark before suffering a broken wrist in the closing minutes.

Alan Judge was a bright spark off the bench for Ireland. Picture: PAAlan Judge was a bright spark off the bench for Ireland. Picture: PA

Mick McCarthy's men ultimately secured a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2020 qualifier at Parken, with Shane Duffy equalising after Pierre-Emile Hojberg's opener for the hosts.

Judge came off the bench after 66 minutes and proved a creative force for the Irish, wanting the ball in all areas of the pitch with a performance reminiscent of his early weeks as an Ipswich player.

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The midfielder was guilty of letting Southampton's Hojberg run past him and into the box for the Denmark opener but, after winning a free-kick wide on the right just a few minutes later, he delivered a pinpoint set-piece for Duffy to head home.

Alan Judge's delivery created Shane Duffy's goal in Copenhagen. Picture: PAAlan Judge's delivery created Shane Duffy's goal in Copenhagen. Picture: PA

Judge continued to create openings for his team-mates before the final whistle went, before it was revealed he had suffered a broken wrist in the closing minutes.

"Judgey went on and put a great free-kick in and if you get a good delivery to Shane you have every chance of scoring," McCarthy said.

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"But it looks like he's broken his arm. If he didn't have bad luck he wouldn't have any at all because he's had some injuries.

"He's just moved to a new club and I thought he was brilliant. He gave us movement and a bit of legs, as well as some quality."

Next up for the Irish is a home game with Gibraltar on Monday.

Elsewhere this evening, teenager Idris El Mizouni made his international debut as a substitute as Tunisia beat Iraq 2-0.

The young midfielder came on after 81 minutes of the game in Rades.

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