Sweden 1 - 3 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - U21 Mens Friendlies | 2026492

UEFA Under-21 ChampionshipQualifying Round | Kalmar Arena, Kalmar
10 September 2019 - 18:30 (local time)

Sweden 1 - 3 Republic of Ireland

Svanberg(19) Full-time Parrott(69, 90+ 2) Masterson(87)
Sweden Republic of Ireland

Ireland U-21: Classy performance seals Sweden comeback

Republic of Ireland Under-21s produced an incredible performance to secure a 3-1 victory against Sweden.
10th Sep 2019

A brace from Troy Parrott and Conor Masterson's header secured the comeback after Mattias Svanberg's opener.

Ireland dominated the contest from start to finish and could have gone ahead just two minutes in after Aaron Connolly turned in from the right but saw his shot go wide of the left-hand post.

Svanberg put Sweden ahead with a brilliant 20-yard strike in the 18th minute but Ireland continued to create chances as both Dara O'Shea and Darragh Leahy saw their headers saved in quick succession in the 24th minute.

Just before the half-hour, Zack Elbouzedi produced a brilliant run down the right to cross for Connolly but he saw his shot saved before he deflected Jayson Molumby's shot straight at the keeper.

Stephen Kenny's side continued to dominate in the second-half as Leahy's cross was put into the net by Jonathan Afolabi but the referee adjudged the striker to have handled it into the net with just over 30 minutes remaining.

Four minutes later, Connolly was fouled in the area and was awarded a penalty. The Brighton and Hove Albion striker stepped up but Pontus Dahlberg produced an incredible save to his right to deny him.

Ireland finally got the goal their play deserved in the 69th minute. Afolabi's low cross was cut out but the clearance went straight to the substitute Parrott who fired into the roof of the net to level the tie.

Ireland continued to pour forward and deservedly went ahead with three minutes of normal time remaining. Molumby's corner found Masterson and his header arrowed into the right-hand corner of the net to put Stephen Kenny's side ahead.

The memorable night got even better as in stoppage time, Molumby's fantastic pass found Parrott who turned inside the defender to chip the keeper and secure the points for Ireland, and three wins from the three opening qualifying games.

"I can only praise the courage of the players, to keep going the way they did and keep creating chances, it was fantastic," said U-21 boss Stephen Kenny.

"You can only have so many set-backs in a game, Sweden scored a fantastic goal and then we missed a number of chances, including the penalty which was brilliantly saved.

"It is a great sign that the players continued to create chances throughout the match and we can be incredibly proud of the result. We've done really well in the group so far but we've got two tough matches against Italy and Iceland coming up next month, and we're looking forward to it."

Sweden: Dahlberg (GK), Beijmo, Hadzikadunic, Andersson, Ingelsson (Hussein 81), Hansson (J Larsson 62), Svanberg (C), Kulusekvski, Kimpioka (Gyokeres 67), Isherwood (Cajuste 62), Irandust (Froling 80).

Republic of Ireland: Kelleher (GK), O'Connor, Leahy, Masterson, O'Shea, Coventry, Elbouzedi (Kilkenny 72), Molumby (C), Connolly, Mandroiu (Parrott 51), Afolabi (Idah 82).

Referee: Rade Obrenovic (SVN)

Attendance: 4078

Tactical Lineups

Sweden

1 Dahlberg (G) 2 Beijmo 3 Hadzikadunic 4 H. Andersson 6 Ingelsson 7 Hansson 8 Svanberg (C) 9 Kulusevski 11 Kimpioka 14 Isherwood 16 Irandust

Substitutes

  • 12 Marko Johansson (G)
  • 5 Anton Kralj
  • 10 Viktor Gyökeres
  • 13 Jens-Lys Cajuste
  • 15 Bilal Hussein
  • 17 Nils Fröling
  • 18 Jake Larsson
  • 19 Kristopher Da Graca
  • 20 Benjamin Nygren

Republic of Ireland

1 Kelleher (G) 2 L. O'Connor 3 Leahy 4 Masterson 5 O'Shea 6 Coventry 7 Elbouzedi 8 Molumby (C) 11 Connolly 14 Mandroiu 19 Afolabi

Officials

  • Referee Rade Obrenovič
  • Assistant Referee Grega Kordež
  • Assistant Referee Tomislav Pospeh
  • 4th Referee Asmir Sagrković
  • Uefa Delegate Johny Vanspauwen
  • Referee Observer Thomas Einwaller

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 3" Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Darragh Leahy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 6" Felix Beijmo (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland).
  • 7" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Mattias Svanberg (Sweden).
  • 10" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) has an effort on goal.
  • 10" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 10" Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) has an attempt on goal.
  • 10" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 12" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (Sweden).
  • 12" Felix Beijmo (Sweden) takes the corner.
  • 12" Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 15" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 15" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 15" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 17" Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 18" Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) has an attempt on goal.
  • 18" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 19" Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) scores!
  • 20" Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 22" Svante Ingelsson (Sweden) fouls.
  • 23" Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 25" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 25" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 25" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 25" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 25" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 26" Darragh Leahy (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 26" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 30" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 31" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 31" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 31" Hugo Andersson (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Hugo Andersson (Sweden) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 32" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 32" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 33" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 33" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 34" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 34" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 39" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) fouls.
  • 45+1" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+1" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 51" Troy Parrott (in) - Daniel Mandroiu (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 52" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 52" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 52" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 53" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 55" Emil Hansson (Sweden) delivers the corner.
  • 55" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 56" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 57" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 58" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 58" Svante Ingelsson (Sweden) fouls.
  • 60" Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 61" Felix Beijmo (Sweden) has an effort on goal.
  • 61" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Jake Larsson (in) - Emil Hansson (out) (Sweden)
  • 62" Jens-Lys Cajuste (in) - Thomas Isherwood (out) (Sweden)
  • 62" Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) takes the corner.
  • 64" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) was fouled in the penalty area by Mattias Svanberg (Sweden)
  • 65" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) missed the penalty saved by the goalkeeper.
  • 67" Viktor Gyökeres (in) - Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (out) (Sweden)
  • 68" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) fouls.
  • 69" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 70" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 73" Jens-Lys Cajuste (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 73" Gavin Kilkenny (in) - Zachary Elbouzedi (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 73" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 74" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 75" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 77" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Svante Ingelsson (Sweden).
  • 77" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 77" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 80" Nils Fröling (in) - Daleho Irandust (out) (Sweden)
  • 81" Bilal Hussein (in) - Svante Ingelsson (out) (Sweden)
  • 81" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) is flagged for offside.
  • 82" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 82" Adam Idah (in) - Jonathan Afolabi (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 83" Bilal Hussein (Sweden) fouls.
  • 83" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 85" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 85" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 86" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 87" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 87" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90" Bilal Hussein (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+1" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden).
  • 90+2" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90+3" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 90+4" Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 90+6" Jake Larsson (Sweden) takes the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Sweden
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

4 9

Shots on Target

6 11

Shots off Target

5 5

Fouls Committed

20 9
  • Sweden

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals3
  • 1Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 6Shots on Goal11
  • 5Shots Wide5
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 8Save(s)4
  • 11Total Shots19
  • 20Fouls Committed9
  • 4Corner(s)9
  • 1Offside(s)0