Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Norway | 2019 - UEFA Under-21 Championship | 2022415

UEFA Under-21 Championship UEFA U21 Championships 2019 Qualifying Round Group 5 | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
5 October 2017 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Norway

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Republic of Ireland Norway

Ireland U21: Ireland held to goalless draw

Republic of Ireland Under-21s were held to a goalless draw at Tallaght Stadium as they remain unbeaten in their UEFA Under-21 European Championships campaign.
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5th Oct 2017

QPR forward's Ryan Manning and Reece Grego-Cox had the best chances of the game in a dominant second-half spell but Norway held out to claim a point. 

Head Coach Noel King stuck with the same team which claimed the impressive 3-1 win in Azerbaijan but it was a frustrating first-half for the home side. 

QPR duo Grego-Cox and Manning linked well up front but failed to test the Norwegian goalkeeper Sondre Rossbach throughout the first-half. 

Ireland's first real effort came with just under 30 minutes remaining as Derry City forward Ronan Curtis won the ball 30-yards from goal and after a neat turn-off-pace away from Iver Fossum, his shot bounced in front of Rossbach but was well saved.

With 20 minutes remaining, Ireland should have taken the lead. Liverpool's Corey Whelan delivered a fantastic set-piece from the right and Rossbach missed his punch under pressure from Manning but Norway cleared with Declan Rice close to following up. 

Curtis fired wide from distance as Ireland continued to press forward in search of a winner which almost came in the 74th minute. Manning's powerful free-kick somehow found it's way into Rossbach's arms and two minutes later, Ireland had strong claims for a penalty turned down after Curtis was brought down in the area.

Ireland's pressure continued to mount as Manning got in down the left to find Danny Kane in the area and after his low effort was saved, Grego-Cox failed to turn the ball home with ten minutes remaining.

Connor Ronan came on with two minutes remaining but unfortunately, Norway were able to hold out to claim a valuable point as Ireland remain unbeaten.

Ireland Under-21s Head Coach Noel King said: "Norway are a good team. They've got a system and they play it well so it was always going to be a difficult match for us.

"I thought we stood up to the test really well and probably deserved to come away with a little bit more from the game. They caused us some problems in the first-half but I thought we dealt with those situations well and we were definitely the better team in the second-half.

"They were chasing the game in terms of the position in the table and we're now sitting on seven points out of nine so we're happy with what we've got so far."

Teams

Republic of Ireland: O'Hara (GK), Kane, Whelan, Donnellan, Sweeney, Cullen (C), Rice, Charsley, Grego-Cox, Manning (Ronan 87), Curtis.

Subs: Bossin (GK), Quigley, Kinsella, Shaughnessy, Mulraney, Delaney.

Norway: Rossbach (GK), Ryerson, Hanche-Olsen, Ajer, Jenssen, Normann (Johnsen 6 (Svendsen 79)), Fossum (C), Thorsby, Risa, Odegaard, Bjordal.

Subs: Wichen (GK), Reitan, Pallesen Knudsen, Zekhnini.

Referee: Luis Miguel Branco Godinho (POR)

Ireland U21s: King wants home advantage to play part

Republic of Ireland Under-21s Head Coach Noel King believes home advantage could play a huge part as they prepare to face Norway at Tallaght Stadium tomorrow evening.
4th Oct 2017

Ireland go into the game top of Group Five in the UEFA European Championships qualifying group having recorded impressive victories over Kosovo and Azerbaijan.

Norway visit Tallaght Stadium tomorrow evening with kick-off at 7.45pm as Ireland look to continue their impressive start ahead of the Monday's qualifier against Israel.

Under-21s Head Coach Noel King said: "It's going to be a tough test but it's one we're all looking forward to. We've started the campaign really well and you can sense that the players are really looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

"Norway are a really good side who have won a bronze medal in the Under-21s European Championships before and they've beat us but I've no doubt that we can get a positive result against them.

"I'm looking forward to this game as much as any game I've ever been involved in with the Under-21s and don't rule out this group of players. We've got plenty of talent in the group and there is plenty of confidence as well.

"Norway are going to be a strong, physical side who can play it long and short, they like to mix it up, so they will present us with problems. They're seeded higher than us but we've got to focus on ourselves."

Tickets for the game will be available on the day of the game, priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children/students/OAPs. Entry is free for FAI season ticket holders, Shamrock Rovers season ticket holders and IT Tallaght students.

With two huge home games coming up this week. King believes home advantage can play a huge part in the game and has urged supporters to get behind the team.

He added: "It would be great to get a good crowd down here and get behind the lads. Home advantage is obviously a big thing in football but especially in international football and I think it could have a huge impact.

"With the way they've started the group, don't rule out this group of players. They've really impressed me so far and hopefully we can continue to develop in these two games.

"You'd want a big crowd to come and drive them on. It definitely gives us that little edge in games. Hopefully the players can give the supporters a performance as well."

TEAM NEWS: Trevor Clarke, Olamide Shopido and Jake Doyle Hayes are all out through injury.

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 O'Hara (G) 2 Kane 3 Whelan 4 Donnellan 5 Sweeney 6 Cullen (C) 7 Rice 8 Charsley 9 Grego-Cox 10 Manning 11 Curtis

Norway

1 Rossbach (G) 2 Ryerson 3 Hanche-Olsen 4 Ajer 5 U. Jenssen 6 Normann 7 Fossum (C) 8 Thorsby 9 Risa 10 Ødegaard 15 Bjørdal

Substitutes

  • 23 Amund Wichne (G)
  • 13 Erlend Reitan
  • 14 Fredrik Pallesen Knudsen
  • 16 Dennis Tørset Johnsen
  • 17 Rafik Zekhnini
  • 18 Sander Svendsen

Officials

  • Referee Luis Miguel Branco Godinho
  • Assistant Referee Rui Teixeira
  • Assistant Referee Antonio Godinho
  • 4th Referee Helder Malheiro
  • Uefa Delegate Paul Lyon
  • Referee Observer Draženko Kovačić
  • Patrick Whelan
  • Tormod Larsen

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 3" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mathias Normann (Norway).
  • 8" Dennis Tørset Johnsen (in) - Mathias Normann (out) (Norway)
  • 11" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Henrik Bjørdal (Norway).
  • 11" Andreas Hanche-Olsen (Norway) fouls.
  • 12" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 15" Henrik Bjørdal (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 16" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 25" Morten Thorsby (Norway) has an effort on goal.
  • 25" Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 29" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 37" Ulrik Jenssen (Norway) fouls.
  • 37" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 38" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 44" Iver Fossum (Norway) misses the target.
  • 45+1" Henrik Bjørdal (Norway) is flagged for offside.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Dennis Tørset Johnsen (Norway) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 48" Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Martin Ødegaard (Norway).
  • 48" Morten Thorsby (Norway) fouls.
  • 49" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 49" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 52" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) misses the target.
  • 54" Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Julian Ryerson (Norway).
  • 55" Declan Rice (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 55" Sondre Rossbach (Norway) blocks a shot.
  • 58" Iver Fossum (Norway) has a shot blocked.
  • 59" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) takes the corner.
  • 63" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 63" Sondre Rossbach (Norway) blocks a shot.
  • 63" Henrik Bjørdal (Norway) has a shot blocked.
  • 63" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) misses the target.
  • 65" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Morten Thorsby (Norway).
  • 69" Ulrik Jenssen (Norway) fouls.
  • 70" Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Martin Ødegaard (Norway).
  • 70" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 72" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) delivers the corner.
  • 73" Dennis Tørset Johnsen (Norway) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland).
  • 73" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 74" Declan Rice (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 74" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" Kristoffer Ajer (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland).
  • 75" Kristoffer Ajer (Norway) is shown a yellow card.
  • 75" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 76" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Sondre Rossbach (Norway).
  • 77" Ulrik Jenssen (Norway) fouls.
  • 78" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 78" Sondre Rossbach (Norway) blocks a shot.
  • 79" Sander Svendsen (in) - Dennis Tørset Johnsen (out) (Norway)
  • 80" Julian Ryerson (Norway) misses the target.
  • 81" Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 81" Sondre Rossbach (Norway) blocks a shot.
  • 81" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 81" Sander Svendsen (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Andreas Hanche-Olsen (Norway) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 83" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 84" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 85" Sander Svendsen (Norway) has a shot blocked.
  • 85" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Birk Risa (Norway).
  • 86" Martin Ødegaard (Norway) takes the free-kick.
  • 86" Andreas Hanche-Olsen (Norway) misses the target.
  • 89" Connor Ronan (in) - Ryan Manning (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+1" Julian Ryerson (Norway) has a shot blocked.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Norway

Corners Won

4 2

Shots on Target

4 1

Shots off Target

2 5

Fouls Committed

10 12
  • Republic of Ireland

    Norway

  • 0Goals0
  • 1Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 4Shots on Goal1
  • 2Shots Wide5
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 1Save(s)4
  • 8Total Shots10
  • 10Fouls Committed12
  • 4Corner(s)2
  • 3Offside(s)2