Well that couldn't have been much more painful in the end. It's the hope that kills you, really.
Even though Duffy got us off and running and we dared to believe it was five Danish goals that finished us off.
At least Irish people were able to keep their sense of humour though - here are the best tweets after our shocking defeat...
Breaking: Ban in Ireland comes into force from midnight! ????????COYBIG pic.twitter.com/YV1fegUZ12
— Nobby (@NobbyFM104) November 14, 2017
Outstanding ???? pic.twitter.com/A39lqw6ku9
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) November 14, 2017
— Ken McGuire (@kenmcguire) November 14, 2017
— Gillian Nelis (@gnelis) November 14, 2017
— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) November 14, 2017
Carlsberg don’t do nightmares but if they did..... #COYBIG
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) November 14, 2017
At least we won't have to hear about the Irish fans in Russia, a ten thousand man stag party desperately trying to go viral.
— The Man in the Black Pyjamas (@pyjamas_black) November 14, 2017
Your can't polish a turd. #IrlvDen
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) November 14, 2017
Credit unions around the country breathe a collective sigh of relief
— Niamhers (@niamhhassell) November 14, 2017