Euro U21 Qualifying
Iceland U211R. of Ireland U210

Euro 2021 qualifier: Iceland U21 1-0 Republic of Ireland U21

Lee O'Connor conceded a penalty and was sent off on a frustrating night for the Republic U21s
Lee O'Connor conceded a penalty and was sent off on a frustrating night for the Republic U21s

Republic of Ireland Under-21s missed several good chances as they fell to their first Euro 2021 qualifying defeat with a 1-0 loss to Iceland.

Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen's first-half penalty after Lee O'Connor was penalised for handball proved the difference in Reykjavik.

O'Connor was sent off late on after picking up his second yellow card.

The Republic remain top of Group 1 with 10 points from five games, one ahead of Iceland, who have a game in hand.

Iceland started on the front foot, with Republic goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher forced into action after just four minutes when he denied Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson.

The Republic struggled to hit top gear and fell behind after 29 minutes when Lee O'Connor was penalised for a handball in the box.

Gudjohnsen, son of former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur, stepped up and slotted his spot-kick beyond Kelleher to give the hosts the lead.

Having been under the cosh for much of the first half, the visitors finished the opening 45 strongly with three opportunities.

Michael Obafemi, making his first start for the Under-21s, produced a fine stop from Iceland 'keeper Patrik Sigurdur Gunnarsson before Zach Elbouzedi found himself with a great chance, but missed the target.

Stephen Kenny's side lost their first Euro 2021 qualifier
Stephen Kenny's side lost their first Euro 2021 qualifier

Adam Idah also went close two minutes later when he headed over the bar to give the Boys in Green hope heading ahead of the second period.

It was Iceland who threatened first after the restart when Stefan Teitur Thordarson produced a fine stop from Kelleher.

Idah had another great opportunity to grab the equaliser on the hour-mark but the Norwich City man failed to hit the target.

Having found their rhythm, the Republic began to threaten regularly and passed up another opportunity when Dara O'Shea saw his close-range effort saved.

The Republic's went close once more on 87 minutes when Conor Masterson failed to find the back of the net having been found by Jayson Molumby's free-kick.

O'Connor's frustrating night finished early when he was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Having picked up his first for the penalty, the Celtic midfielder was given his marching orders for a foul on Thorsteinsson as the Republic lost for their first time in five games.

The Republic's next qualifier is away to Armenia on 14 November.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 15th October 2019

  • Iceland U21Iceland U211R. of Ireland U21Republic of Ireland U210
  • England U21England U215Austria U21Austria U211
  • North Macedonia U21North Macedonia U211Kazakhstan U21Kazakhstan U211
  • Cyprus U21Cyprus U211Belarus U21Belarus U211
  • Latvia U21Latvia U210Bulgaria U21Bulgaria U210
  • Azerbaijan U21Azerbaijan U210Switzerland U21Switzerland U211
  • Poland U21Poland U211Serbia U21Serbia U210
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina U21Bosnia and Herzegovina U210Germany U21Germany U212
  • Estonia U21Estonia U210Russia U21Russia U215
  • Norway U21Norway U210Netherlands U21Netherlands U214
  • Israel U21Israel U213Faroe Islands U21Faroe Islands U211
  • Montenegro U21Montenegro U210Spain U21Spain U212

As It Stood


1R. of Ireland U21531172510
2Iceland U21430110649
3Italy U2132106067
4Sweden U2132019366
5Armenia U21410338-53
6Luxembourg U215005016-160


1Switzerland U2133008179
2France U21220010376
3Georgia U2132018266
4Slovakia U21310289-13
5Azerbaijan U215104211-93
6Liechtenstein U214103313-103


1England U21330010379
2Austria U21430111659
3Kosovo U2142028536
4Albania U215122711-45
5Turkey U215113712-54
6Andorra U21301239-61


1Scotland U2142204138
2Greece U2132107167
3Czech Rep U2131203125
4Lithuania U2141123304
5Croatia U2121018263
6San Marino U214004017-170


1Poland U21431082610
2Russia U2142208268
3Bulgaria U2141214135
4Serbia U21411223-14
5Estonia U214103214-123
6Latvia U21402224-22


1Spain U2133005059
2Kazakhstan U2152127617
3North Macedonia U21321010377
4Israel U2122005236
5Montenegro U21510458-33
6Faroe Islands U214004316-130


1Netherlands U213300133109
2Portugal U2132018446
3Belarus U21412112485
4Norway U21311136-34
5Cyprus U21411248-44
6Gibraltar U213003015-150


1Denmark U2133005239
2Finland U2142117257
3Romania U2132017256
4Ukraine U21310245-13
5Northern Ireland U21402226-42
6Malta U21301208-81


1Germany U2122007166
2Belgium U2131114224
3Bosnia and Herzegovina U2131114224
4Moldova U21310239-63
5Wales U21310237-43
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