Seamus Coleman watched on from the stands as the Republic of Ireland played out a goalless draw with Denmark in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.
Injured full-back Coleman, who became captain of the Boys in Green in September 2016, suffered a broken leg in March and is not be available for either of the games against the Danes as he works his way back to full fitness.
James McCarthy - another regular for the Republic - was also unavailable due to a hamstring injury.
Martin O’Neill’s side had just 28 per cent of possession in Copenhagen but defended resolutely and looked disciplined throughout.
The all-important second leg will be played in Dublin on Tuesday night, with the winners progressing to next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Fraser Hornby played the full game as Scotland Under-19s played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Armenia in a European Championships qualifier.
The result means the young Scots will advance to the Elite Round of qualifying if they defeat Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Everton Under-23s regulars Morgan Feeney and Dennis Adeniran, meanwhile, were both unused substitutes as England Under-19s ran out 2-1 winners against Iceland in a qualification game for the same competition.