Republic of Ireland 4 - 1 Sweden | 2021 - U21 Mens Friendlies | 2026593

UEFA Under-21 ChampionshipQualifying Round, Group One | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
19 November 2019 - 20:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 4 - 1 Sweden

L. O'Connor(50) Idah(63) Parrott(73) Elbouzedi(87) Full-time Gyökeres(18)
Republic of Ireland Sweden

#IRLU21 HIGHLIGHTS | Ireland 4-1 Sweden

Republic of Ireland produced a stunning second-half display to secure an incredible 4-1 win over Sweden at Tallaght Stadium.
20th Nov 2019

Second-half goals from Lee O'Connor, Adam Idah, Troy Parrott and Zack Elbouzedi saw Stephen Kenny's side secure an important three points to see the side top of Group One on 16 points; a record points total for an Ireland U-21s side. 

Watch the full highlights on FAI TV above.

Ireland U-21: Four-goal second-half seals stunning victory

Republic of Ireland produced a stunning second-half display to secure an incredible 4-1 win over Sweden at Tallaght Stadium.
20th Nov 2019

Second-half goals from Lee O'Connor, Adam Idah, Troy Parrott and Zack Elbouzedi saw Stephen Kenny's side secure an important three points to see the side top of Group One on 16 points; a record points total for an Ireland U-21s side.

In truth, Ireland struggled through the first 45 minutes and found themselves behind in the 18th minute. Viktor Gyökeres took the ball down on the left and turned inside to find the bottom corner with a sublime finish, the first goal Ireland conceded at home during this campaign.

The home side only mustered one chance of note before the break. Gavin Bazunu's clearance found Parrott on the left and after he glided past Anel Ahmedhodzic, his cross found Idah but the shot found the side netting.

Kenny made a double substitution at the break as Liam Scales and Connor Ronan were introduced. It sparked Ireland into life and four minutes into the second-half, they were level. Idah found space on the right and his cross found the onrushing Lee O'Connor to sweep the ball home.

Ireland continued their dominance as Elbouzedi's cross almost found Idah in the 60th minute, but he couldn't quite reach the ball. Four minutes later, the Norwich City man had his goal.

Once again, Elbouzedi's wing-play produced the goods as his low cross was powered home by Idah from 12 yards out. Ireland showed no signs of stopping the second-half rout and next, Parrott got in on the act.

In the 74th minute, Ronan capped an incredible game-changing performance with a fantastic lofted-ball to find Parrott and he found the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Three minutes from time, Ireland scored their final goal of the game as Elbouzedi scored the goal his industrious play deserved. Ronan drifted down the left and crossed across the six-yard box to hand Elbouzedi a simple tap-in to seal the victory.

"It was an incredible second-half performance and the team deserves a huge amount of credit," said U-21 boss Stephen Kenny.

"The way we responded after the break was fantastic to see and I'm delighted the players got their reward for fantastic team performance. It was a fantastic camp with six points across the two games."

Republic of Ireland: Gavin Bazunu (GK), Lee O'Connor, Conor Masterson (Liam Scales 46), Nathan Collins, Conor Coventry, Zack Elbouzedi, Jayson Molumby (C) (Connor Ronan 46), Adam Idah (Aidan Keena 89), Jason Knight (Jack Taylor 89), Troy Parrott (Gavin Kilkenny 86), Thomas O'Connor.

Subs not used: Conor Kearns (GK), Daniel Grant, Dan Mandroiu, Danny McNamara.

Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)

Attendance: 2760

Gavin Bazunu ready to step back on familiar territory

Republic of Ireland Under-21 goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu will be on familiar territory when he makes his home U-21 debut against Sweden.
18th Nov 2019

Ireland are set to face Sweden at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday, November 19, with kick-off at 8pm as Stephen Kenny's side continue their bid to be the first U-21 team to qualify for a finals tournament.

The 17-year old Bazunu is set to start for Ireland in the absence of Caoimhin Kelleher having made his U-21 debut in the 1-0 win over Armenia.

Bazunu came through the youth ranks at Shamrock Rovers before breaking into the first-team at the age of 16 for the club he has always supported. His form helped him earn a move to Manchester City this year and he is looking forward to playing at Tallaght Stadium once again.

"Shamrock Rovers is my club. I joined the club at the age of five, it was my club and it is the club I'll always supported," said Bazunu.

"To play for the club was a dream come true really, especially at such a young age. I played back at Tallaght Stadium in the U-17 European Championships and it was fantastic as it brought all of the memories back.

"To be playing for the U-21s in Tallaght will be fantastic and I've got a lot of family and friends coming along to support. It's a huge night for us so hopefully we can get the result."

Ireland go into the game top of Group One having already claimed a 3-1 victory in Sweden in September.

With another big crowd expected at Tallaght Stadium, Bazunu says the team are full of belief that they can get another crucial victory in their bid to qualify.

"The win in Armenia was huge for us. We had a lot of changes coming into the game but the way we played was fantastic and really important win," continued Bazunu.

"I didn't have much to do during the game in Armenia which shows you how well we defended and how much we dominated the match.

"We need to bring that form into the Sweden match. We're fully aware that it will be a tough match but we're full of confidence, we've got plenty of talent in the squad."

TEAM NEWS: Stephen Kenny has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to chose from as Jayson Molumby and Conor Masterson both trained with the squad today.

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Bazunu (G) 2 L. O'Connor 4 Masterson 5 Collins 6 Coventry 7 Elbouzedi 8 Molumby (C) 9 Idah 12 Knight 15 Parrott 18 T. O'Connor

Sweden

1 Dahlberg (G) 2 Beijmo 3 Hadzikadunic 6 Ingelsson (C) 8 Erlingmark 10 Gyökeres 13 Björkengren 14 Ahmedhodzic 15 Cajuste 18 Larsson 19 Irandust

Substitutes

  • 12 Viktor Johansson (G)
  • 4 Hugo Andersson
  • 5 Thomas Isherwood
  • 7 Emil Hansson
  • 9 Nils Fröling
  • 11 Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka
  • 16 Kristopher Da Graca
  • 17 Bilal Hussein
  • 20 Max Svensson

Officials

  • Referee Karim Abed
  • Assistant Referee Cyril Mugnier
  • Assistant Referee Aurélien Berthomieu
  • 4th Referee Florent Batta
  • Uefa Delegate Kimmo J. Lipponen
  • Referee Observer Leslie Irvine
  • Patrick Whelan
  • Alan McRae

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 4" August Erlingmark (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" August Erlingmark (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 8" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 18" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) scores!
  • 20" John Björkengren (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 24" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) has a shot blocked.
  • 25" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 29" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 34" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 35" August Erlingmark (Sweden) has a shot blocked.
  • 36" Jake Larsson (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 37" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 38" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 41" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 42" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) has an attempt on goal.
  • 42" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Daleho Irandust (Sweden).
  • 44" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) takes the free-kick.
  • 45" Jake Larsson (Sweden) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Liam Scales (in) - Conor Masterson (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 46" Connor Ronan (in) - Jayson Molumby (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 46" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 50" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 51" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 51" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 56" Daleho Irandust (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 63" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 65" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 66" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 67" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 67" Dennis Hadzikadunic (Sweden) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 68" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 68" Svante Ingelsson (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 69" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 70" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 71" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 71" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 73" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 74" Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (in) - Jake Larsson (out) (Sweden)
  • 76" Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jens-Lys Cajuste (Sweden).
  • 77" Viktor Gyökeres (Sweden) misses the target.
  • 77" Svante Ingelsson (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 78" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 79" Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (Sweden) is flagged for offside.
  • 80" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 80" Pontus Dahlberg (Sweden) blocks a shot.
  • 80" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 83" Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 83" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 84" Emil Hansson (in) - Svante Ingelsson (out) (Sweden)
  • 85" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 86" Gavin Kilkenny (in) - Troy Parrott (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 87" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90" August Erlingmark (Sweden) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+2" August Erlingmark (Sweden) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+2" August Erlingmark (Sweden) is booked.
  • 90+2" Aidan Keena (in) - Adam Idah (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+2" Jack Taylor (in) - Jason Knight (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+3" Jens-Lys Cajuste (Sweden) fouls.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden

Corners Won

5 0

Shots on Target

7 2

Shots off Target

5 4

Fouls Committed

7 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Sweden

  • 4Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 7Shots on Goal2
  • 5Shots Wide4
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 1Save(s)3
  • 14Total Shots8
  • 7Fouls Committed11
  • 5Corner(s)0
  • 3Offside(s)1