Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 8
Northern Ireland U210Romania U210

Under-21 Euro qualifiers: Romania held by dogged Northern Ireland

Bobby Burns
Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their five Euro 2021 qualifiers

Northern Ireland Under-21's hopes of reaching the Euro 2021 finals suffered a blow after a 0-0 draw with Romania.

Romania dominated the first half at the Ballymena Showgrounds but failed to break down Northern Ireland, who improved after the restart.

The visitors had Andrei Chindris sent off with 10 minutes to go for a second yellow card but held out for a point.

The draw does little to help NI's chances as they remain fifth in Group Eight with three draws from five games.

Adrian Petre blazed over from a short corner as Romania started the brighter side before Eoin Toal's header was deflected tamely into the arms of Andrei Vlad.

Valentin Mihăilă fired over from range before Perte stabbed the ball wide when the ball fell to him in the area after the restart as the visitors looked like they would continue their dominance.

However Ian Baraclough's outfit improved and Alistair McCann headed wide from Caolan Boyd-Munce's delivery when well placed before Mihăilă shot across the face of goal from a tight angle at the other end.

Boyd-Munce's free-kick then hit the side netting before Gartside batted away Dennis Man's stinging effort, with Kofi Balmer brilliantly blocking a powerful drive from the resulting corner.

Chindris was sent off for a second yellow card for clattering Jake Dunwoody off the ball but Northern Ireland struggled to break down the resolute visiting defence, with Boyd-Munce going closest with an effort straight at Vlad before David Parkhouse scuffed an effort wide when well placed.

Romania sit second in Group Eight, five points off leaders Denmark while NI's qualification hopes have taken a blow after three draws in five games.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 19th November 2019

As It Stood


1R. of Ireland U217511123916
2Italy U2154101501513
3Iceland U21530210919
4Sweden U21420210736
5Armenia U216105315-123
6Luxembourg U215005016-160


1Switzerland U214400112912
2France U21430114869
3Georgia U21520312846
4Slovakia U214202111106
5Azerbaijan U216204311-86
6Liechtenstein U215104314-113


1England U2144001331012
2Austria U215401156912
3Kosovo U21520389-16
4Albania U216123714-75
5Andorra U21411259-44
6Turkey U216114714-74


1Czech Rep U215320112911
2Greece U21431081710
3Scotland U2152214228
4Croatia U21420212576
5Lithuania U21511346-24
6San Marino U215005023-230


1Russia U2164201221014
2Poland U21531185310
3Bulgaria U2152217168
4Serbia U2162138537
5Estonia U215104220-183
6Latvia U21502326-42


1Spain U21541091813
2Israel U2142206338
3Kazakhstan U2152127617
4North Macedonia U21421110647
5Montenegro U21611458-34
6Faroe Islands U214004316-130


1Netherlands U2144001931612
2Portugal U21430111659
3Belarus U215221144108
4Norway U215212710-37
5Cyprus U215113510-54
6Gibraltar U215005023-230


1Denmark U215500135815
2Romania U215311113810
3Finland U2152128627
4Ukraine U21410368-23
5Northern Ireland U21503226-43
6Malta U214013113-121


1Belgium U2142117437
2Germany U2132019456
3Wales U21420247-36
4Bosnia and Herzegovina U2141124314
5Moldova U21310239-63
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