European Championship Under-21 Qualifier: 10-man Republic edge out Armenia

Zack Elbouzedi
Waterford winger Zach Elbouzedi scored the only goal of the game in Yerevan

The Republic of Ireland's Under-21s stayed top of their group in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 1-0 win in Armenia.

Zack Elbouzedi scored the only goal of the game on 63 minutes as the hosts frustrated Stephen Kenny's side.

Captain Dara O'Shea was sent off for a last-man tackle with 15 minutes to go but the Republic held out for the win.

Elbouzedi's strike was enough to give the Republic 13 points from six games ahead of Sweden's visit to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Despite constant pressure from the visitors, Armenia held firm in the opening 45 minutes with the best chance falling to Jason Knight, who could only hit the stanchion behind the goal from inside the area.

Three minutes later Elbouzedi tried his luck, forcing a save from Sevak Aslanyan in the Armenian goal after jinking inside but Kenny's outfit failed to make the breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes.

Knight was booked for simulation when looking for a penalty as Irish frustrations grew in the second half before Elbouzedi converted Adam Idah's low cross for the opener in Yerevan.

Idah's 25-yard effort dipped over the top before the Republic were reduced to 10 men when Karen Melkonyan was clipped by O'Shea when clean through on goal, which left referee Antti Munukka with little choice but to brandish the red card for the centre back.

Armenia failed to create any clear-cut chances despite their man advantage and the Republic saw the game out to claim the three points.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 14th November 2019

  • Armenia U21Armenia U210R. of Ireland U21Republic of Ireland U211
  • Azerbaijan U21Azerbaijan U211Liechtenstein U21Liechtenstein U210
  • Lithuania U21Lithuania U211Croatia U21Croatia U213
  • Czech Rep U21Czech Republic U216San Marino U21San Marino U210
  • Gibraltar U21Gibraltar U210Netherlands U21Netherlands U216
  • Romania U21Romania U214Finland U21Finland U211
  • Israel U21Israel U210Montenegro U21Montenegro U210
  • Spain U21Spain U213North Macedonia U21North Macedonia U210

As It Stood


1R. of Ireland U21641182613
2Iceland U21430110649
3Italy U2132106067
4Sweden U2132019366
5Armenia U21510439-63
6Luxembourg U215005016-160


1Switzerland U2133008179
2France U21220010376
3Georgia U2132018266
4Azerbaijan U216204311-86
5Slovakia U21310289-13
6Liechtenstein U215104314-113


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


1Czech Rep U2142209188
2Scotland U2142204138
3Greece U2132107167
4Croatia U21320111386
5Lithuania U21511346-24
6San Marino U215005023-230


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


1Spain U21440080812
2Israel U2132105237
3North Macedonia U21421110647
4Kazakhstan U2152127617
5Montenegro U21611458-34
6Faroe Islands U214004316-130


1Netherlands U2144001931612
2Portugal U2132018446
3Belarus U21412112485
4Norway U21311136-34
5Cyprus U21411248-44
6Gibraltar U214004021-210


1Denmark U2133005239
2Romania U21430111389
3Finland U2152128627
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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