Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Greece | 2019- U17 Championship | 2027400

UEFA Under-17 ChampionshipFinal Tournament - Group Stage | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
3 May 2019 - 19:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Greece

Everitt(58) Full-time Arsenidis(90+ 6)
Republic of Ireland Greece

U17 EURO: Ireland earn point on opening night

In front of 4,265 spectators at Tallaght Stadium, the Republic of Ireland Under-17s impressed in their first game of the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships as they drew with Greece.
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3rd May 2019

Colin O'Brien's turned on the style in the first half with chances falling to Charlie McCann, Timi Sobowale, and Joe Hodge, but they could not find the breakthrough that their positive play deserved.

Ireland relented and continued to push Greece back inside their own penalty area. And on 58 minutes, Matt Everitt broke the deadlock bu firing in from close range following an inswinging corner kick from James Furlong.

The home side moved the ball well, connected their passes, and unloaded eight attempts at a goal in a game that they largely dominated. The work done on the training ground by O'Brien and his staff - which includes Ian Hill, Kevin Doyle, and Josh Moran - is clearly having on impact on this squad.

In the opening 35 minutes, it was all one-way traffic with Ireland pressing high and creating some eye-catching passages of play. Greece struggled to deal with the directness of Festy Ebosele and the trickery of Everitt, while Hodge and Seamas Keogh were excellent in the middle of the pitch.

The backline looked rarely troubled, while goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu was not really called on to contribute. Still, it took time for Ireland to get the first goal and when it arrived there was a feeling that the three points were secured.

It certainly looked to be that way as the clock ticked into the fifth minute of added time, but substitute Dimitris Arsenidis took advantage of a loose ball to fire into the back of the net.

It was cruel blow for O'Brien's team who deserved to celebrate a victory in front of a large crowd, although they can take many positives into their next game against Czech Republic in Waterford on Monday, May 6.

After one game played each it is all square in Group A as Czech Republic drew 1-1 with Belgium in an earlier game. So it's all to play for!

Republic of Ireland: Bazunu; McEvoy, Omobamidele, Sobowale (Garcia McNulty 66), Furlong; Hodge, Keogh; Everitt (Kennedy 90), McCann (McKinley 80), Ebosele; McCarty.

Greece: Tzolakis; Tsavos, Panagiotou (Aslanidis 84), Pavlidis, Aventisian; Karamperis, Siatounis (Liatsos 66); Sourlis (Belevonis 85), Grosdis (Arsendis 84), Karakoutis (Kotopoulos 73); Tzolis.

Referee: Jorgen Burchardt (Denmark).

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U17 EURO: Ireland set for opener with Greece

The Republic of Ireland Under-17s will kick off their involvement in the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships by taking on Greece on Friday, May 3.
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2nd May 2019

The first game in this year's tournament will actually take place at 12:00 with Czech Republic facing Belgium in Tolka Park, although the official opening ceremony will be in Tallaght Stadium ahead of Ireland's fixture at 19:00.

There has been a lot of promotion for the tournament over the last number of months, but Ireland simply want to focus on the football having spent a week fine-tuning their preparations at the FAI National Training Centre.

This is the third straight year that Ireland Head Coach Colin O'Brien has led a team into this tournament and his record to date is impressive with two quarter-final finishes. But the Cork native will be hoping that his players can make the most of their home advantage.

Sixteen teams will compete in this year's tournament, which switches to a 90-minute format having previously been played over 80 minutes. Five substitutions will be permitted per team and the top five teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. 

TEAM NEWS
There are no injury concerns for Ireland but goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran is suspended after being sent off in their last competitive game - in the 2018 EURO quarter-final loss to Netherlands.

QUOTES
Republic of Ireland Head Coach Colin O'Brien

"We are excited about this challenge. It has been on our minds for two years ever since we knew that Ireland would be hosting this tournament and now it is here we want to embrace it.

"The squad has been training and preparing well for our game against Greece. It is important that we begin as we mean to go on with a positive approach and a belief that we can go far in this tournament once we trust in our ability and bond as a team.

"Even though we didn't go through the qualifying rounds, we have used the last year to prepare as best as possible for this tournament and our staff has remained consistent, which is an important part of keeping the players focused on what they need to do."

SQUAD LISTS
Republic of Ireland
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)
Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County), Roland Idowu (Southampton)
Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)

Greece
Goalkeepers: Tzolakis Konstantinos (Olympiacos), Balomenos Konstantinos (PAOK)
Defenders: Aventisian Aventis (PAOK), Lazaridis Konstantinos (Panathinaikos), Manisoglou Georgios (Xanti AO), Tsavos Angelos (Olympiacos), Aslanidis Kyriakos (Olympiacos), Panagiotou Panagiotis (PAOK)
Midfielders: Grosdanis Pavlos (Pas Giannina), Grosdis Vasileios (PAOK), Karamperis Thomas (PAOK), Karakoutis Ioannis (PAOK), Pavlidis Vasileios (Schalke 04), Siatounis Antonios (Sampdoria), Arsenidis Dimitrios (Olympiacos), Liatsos Christos (Olympiacos)
Forwards: Tzolis Christos (PAOK), Belevonis Christos (Panetolikos), Sourlis Vasileios (Olympiacos), Kotopoulos Nektarios (Xanthi AO)

KEY STATS
- Ireland and Greece have met seven times in qualifiers at Under-17 level, with Greece winning three, Ireland winning twice, and two draws

- Ireland qualified automatically as host nation, but have played international friendly games against Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, England, Belgium, Poland, and Finland over the last year

- Greece finished second behind Belgium in their Qualifying Round with one win, one loss, and one draw. In the Elite Round, they lost to Spain but beat both Ukraine and Kosovo

- This is Ireland's 12th appearance in this finals tournament with their best finish coming as champions in 1998 (when it was graded at Under-16 level)

- This is Greece's 13th appearance in this finals tournament with their best finish coming as runners-up in 1985 (when it was graded at Under-16 level)

MATCH DETAILS
Republic of Ireland v Greece
Friday, May 3
Group A
Tallaght Stadium
Kick-Off: 19:00
Live on TV: RTÉ2
Referee: Jorgen Burchardt (Denmark)

SOCIAL MEDIA
Game Hashtag: #IRLGRE
Tournament Hashtag: #U17EURO
Ireland Team Hashtag: #IRLU17

TICKET NEWS
- Tickets will be available at Tallaght Stadium from 17:00, priced at €5 for adults and free for Under-16s

- Tickets are still available online via Ticketmaster.ie

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Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Bazunu (G) 2 McEvoy 3 Furlong 4 Sobowale 5 Omobamidele 6 Hodge 7 Everitt 8 Keogh (C) 9 Carty 10 McCann 11 Ebosele

Greece

1 Tzolakis (G) 2 Tsavos 5 Panagiotou (C) 6 Siatounis 8 Karamperis 9 Tzolis 10 Sourlis 11 Karakoutis 14 Aventisian 16 Pavlidis 17 Grosdis

Substitutes

  • 12 Konstantinos Balomenos (G)
  • 3 Kostas Lazaridis
  • 4 Kyriakos Aslanidis
  • 7 Nektarios Kotopoulos
  • 15 Pavlos Grosdanis
  • 18 Christos Belevonis
  • 20 Giorgos Manisoglou
  • 21 Christos Liatsos
  • 22 Dimitris Arsenidis

Officials

  • Referee Jørgen Burchardt
  • Assistant Referee Ilir Tartaraj
  • Assistant Referee Deniz Sokolov
  • 4th Referee Petri Viljanen
  • Uefa Delegate Rudolf Zavrl
  • Referee Observer Marc Batta
  • Argyro Lyra

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Panagiotis Panagiotou (Greece) is penalised for a foul on Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 2" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aventis Aventisian (Greece).
  • 4" Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 7" Vasilis Sourlis (Greece) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 8" Charlie McCann (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 11" Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Thomas Karamperis (Greece).
  • 13" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) fouls.
  • 14" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 16" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 18" Andrew Omobamidele (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Christos Tzolis (Greece).
  • 18" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Charlie McCann (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 20" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland).
  • 22" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) delivers the corner.
  • 24" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 26" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) fouls.
  • 31" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) is penalised for a foul on Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland).
  • 31" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 32" Thomas Karamperis (Greece) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland).
  • 34" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 37" Christos Tzolis (Greece) is flagged for offside.
  • 40" Panagiotis Panagiotou (Greece) fouls.
  • 41" Sean McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Giannis Karakoutis (Greece).
  • 41" Sean McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 41" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) delivers the corner.
  • 42" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) misses the target.
  • 44" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) takes the corner.
  • 44" Vasilis Pavlidis (Greece) has an effort on goal.
  • 44" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Antonis Siatounis (Greece).
  • 47" Vasilis Pavlidis (Greece) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 50" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 51" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) misses the target.
  • 53" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 54" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Christos Tzolis (Greece).
  • 54" Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 55" Vasilis Sourlis (Greece) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Giannis Karakoutis (Greece) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 57" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 58" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 58" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 60" Sean McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 64" Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vasilis Pavlidis (Greece).
  • 66" Anselmo Garcia McNulty (in) - Timi Sobowale (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Christos Liatsos (in) - Antonis Siatounis (out) (Greece)
  • 67" Giannis Karakoutis (Greece) misses the target.
  • 68" Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Angelos Tsavos (Greece).
  • 68" Vasilis Pavlidis (Greece) fouls.
  • 69" Seamas Keogh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Vasilis Grosdis (Greece) misses the target.
  • 72" Vasilis Pavlidis (Greece) is penalised for a foul on Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 73" Sean McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Vasilis Sourlis (Greece).
  • 73" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 73" Nektarios Kotopoulos (in) - Giannis Karakoutis (out) (Greece)
  • 75" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 75" Andrew Omobamidele (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nektarios Kotopoulos (Greece).
  • 79" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aventis Aventisian (Greece).
  • 79" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 80" Ronan McKinley (in) - Charlie McCann (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 80" Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 81" Christos Liatsos (Greece) takes the corner.
  • 83" Christos Tzolis (Greece) has an effort on goal.
  • 83" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Aventis Aventisian (Greece).
  • 84" Conor Carty (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 84" Kyriakos Aslanidis (in) - Panagiotis Panagiotou (out) (Greece)
  • 84" Dimitris Arsenidis (in) - Vasilis Grosdis (out) (Greece)
  • 85" Christos Belevonis (in) - Vasilis Sourlis (out) (Greece)
  • 87" Christos Belevonis (Greece) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Seamas Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 89" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 90" Sean Kennedy (in) - Matt Everitt (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+1" Kyriakos Aslanidis (Greece) is penalised for a foul on Festy Ebosele (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+1" Kyriakos Aslanidis (Greece) is booked.
  • 90+5" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Thomas Karamperis (Greece).
  • 90+5" Kostas Tzolakis (Greece) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+6" Dimitris Arsenidis (Greece) scores!
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Greece

Corners Won

5 4

Shots on Target

1 3

Shots off Target

5 4

Fouls Committed

19 13
  • Republic of Ireland

    Greece

  • 1Goals1
  • 4Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal3
  • 5Shots Wide4
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 2Save(s)0
  • 8Total Shots7
  • 19Fouls Committed13
  • 5Corner(s)4
  • 0Offside(s)2