Belgium 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2019- U17 Championship | 2027416

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

Belgium 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Kalulika(65) Full-time Sobowale(74)
Belgium Republic of Ireland

U17 EURO: Ireland finish tournament unbeaten

Belgium 1-1 Republic of Ireland
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10th May 2019

The adventure ended for Colin O'Brien's team in the same way that it began - with a team refusing to give in or divert away from their measured style of play.

In their three Group A games, Ireland displayed a calmness when in possession of the ball and linked play with their short passing & clever movement. In fact, O'Brien believes that their approach will help to change many people's perception of how Irish underage teams are trying to play.

There was no doubt in this game that Belgium were the better side. They were powerful, technically excellent, and frightening on the break. Still, Ireland matched them in every department and put them on the back foot at times.

Yes, goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran - one of four changes to Ireland's line-up from their previous games with Czech Republic - did have to make some important saves, but equally Matt Everitt and Sean Kennedy caused problems for the Belgian backline.

On 65 minutes, Chris Kaliuka opened the scoring for Belgium with a close range finish but Timi Sobowale pulled one back for Ireland when he cooly slotted in at the back post following an excellent set-piece delivery from James Furlong.

Ireland finished strongly, with Joe Hodge impressing in midfield, but the victory required to reach the quarter-finals was just that too far out of reach.

However, this Ireland team can hold their head up high due to their three performances in this year's tournament. The future is bright for a lot of these players.

Belgium: Vandevoordt; Siquet (Bahadir 89), Landu, Sardella, Nizet; George, Kana, Ait El Hadj (de Wolf 79); Kalulika, Baeten (Engolo 70), Doku.

Republic of Ireland: Corcoran; McEvoy, Sobowale, Omobamidele, Furlong; Keogh (Idowu 85), Hodge; Giurgi (Holt 66), McCann (McKinley 66), Kennedy (McNulty 88); Everitt.

Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland).

U17 EURO: Belgium v Ireland Preview

There is an upbeat but professional mood within the Republic of Ireland Under-17 camp ahead of their Group A finale against Belgium on Thursday, May 9 in Tallaght Stadium.
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8th May 2019

With two games played so far in the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships, Colin O'Brien's squad have collected two points following draws with Greece and Czech Republic. And the team's chances of making it through to the quarter-finals are very much alive.

The positive play from Ireland has been one of the highlights of the tournament to date, along with the big crowds, where over 6,500 spectators have already come out in support of the boys in green. Another bumper attendance is expected for this crunch clash.

A win would put Ireland into the quarter-finals for a third straight year, but all four teams in Group A can still qualify for the knock-out stages with Greece v Czech Republic kicking off at the same time on Thursday - albeit their game will be played in the Carlisle Grounds.

TEAM NEWS
Both Festy Ebosele and Conor Carty are suspended for Ireland, while goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and midfielder Joe Hodge sat out training on Wednesday as precautions following two games in a week.

QUOTES
Republic of Ireland Head Coach Colin O'Brien
"This game against Belgium presents a massive opportunity for our players - who have showed great spirit to secure two points already in this tournament - to secure a place in the quarter-finals. 

"We are still bitterly disappointed with what happened in our last game against Czech Republic. This tournament is meant to be about the development of young players, so surely that means enabling them to play as many games as possible. If that is the case then why should a young player suffer because of an opponent cheating and an official being misled? Our player, and our team, suffers because of an injustice. 

"After the game in Waterford, I was fired up and spoke about appealing the decision. Of course, I knew the rules but what I was referring to was appealing against the Czech player cheating and the referee being conned. We have to stand up and fight against this, especially in an elite tournament where the focus should be on developing players for the future. And part of that should be stamping out cheating.

"Our players have not dwelled on that decision, they have switched their focus to the Belgium game, which we know will be a tough test. There is a resilience and togetherness in this group of players, which gives us a great chance of being one of the two teams to make it out of Group A. 

"We have had fantastic support in our two games so far and we hope that Tallaght Stadium will be rocking on Thursday night. These players deserve to have a strong support behind them and I'm sure that they will respond by giving it everything in what is a huge game. 

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)

Belgium
Goalkeepers: Maarten Vandevoordt (KRC Genk), Senne Lammens (Club Brugge)
Defenders: Ynus Bahadir (KRC Genk), Rob Nizet (Anderlecht), Killian Sardella (Anderlecht), Hugo Siquet (Standard), Tibo Persyn (Inter Milan)
Midfielders: Ameen Al Dakhil (Standard de Liège), Samuel Asoma (Club Brugge), Mathias De Wolf (Club Brugge), Anouar Ait Ek Hadj (Anderlecht), Wouter George (AA Gent), Marco Kana (Anderlecht), Jérémy Landu (Standard de Liège)
Forwards: Thibo Baeten (Club Brugge), Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht), Franck Idumbo-Muzambo (AA Gent), Chris Kalulika (Anderlecht), Francois-Xavier Engolo (Anderlecht)

KEY STATS
- Ireland and Belgium have met three times in this tournament, with the Belgians winning twice and Ireland claiming one victory

- 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

- Yet to reach a final in this tournament, Belgium were in the semi-finals as recent as last year. They conquered their Qualifying Round with three wins before repeating that feat in the Elite Round

- 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 Belgium's 14th appearance in this finals tournament with their best finish coming as semi-finalists in 2007, 2015 & 2018

PREVIOUS RESULTS
Friday, May 3: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Greece (Tallaght Stadium)
Friday, May 3: Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium (Tolka Park)
Monday, May 6: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Czech Republic (RSC, Waterford)
Monday, May 6: Belgium 3-0 Greece (City Calling Stadium, Longford)

MATCH DETAILS
Belgium v Republic of Ireland
Thursday, May 9
Group A
Tallaght Stadium
Kick-Off: 19:00
Live on TV: RTÉ2
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)

SOCIAL MEDIA
Game Hashtag: #BELIRL
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 www.fai.ie/tickets

Tactical Lineups

Belgium

1 Vandevoordt (G) 3 Sardella 5 Nizet 6 Kana (C) 8 George 11 Doku 13 Siquet 14 Landu 17 Ait El Hadj 18 Kalulika 20 Baeten

Substitutes

  • 12 Senne Lammens (G)
  • 2 Yunus Bahadir
  • 7 Tibo Persyn
  • 9 François Xavier Engolo
  • 10 Mathias De Wolf
  • 15 Ameen Al Dakhil
  • 16 Samuel Asoma
  • 19 Franck Idumbo-Muzambo

Republic of Ireland

16 Corcoran (G) 2 McEvoy 3 Furlong 4 Sobowale 5 Omobamidele 6 Hodge 7 Everitt 8 Keogh (C) 10 McCann 17 Kennedy 20 Giurgi

Officials

  • Referee Krzysztof Jakubik
  • Assistant Referee Ilir Tartaraj
  • Assistant Referee Riku Vihreävuori
  • 4th Referee Petri Viljanen
  • Uefa Delegate Paul Lyon
  • Referee Observer Dejan Filipovic
  • Aristos Potamitis

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 4" Seamas Keogh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jéremy Doku (Belgium).
  • 5" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 5" Killian Sardella (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 7" Charlie McCann (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 9" Killian Sardella (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Thibo Baeten (Belgium) fouls.
  • 12" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 17" Sean Kennedy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 17" Joshua Giurgi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 18" Jéremy Doku (Belgium) has an effort on goal.
  • 18" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 18" Anouar Ait El Hadj (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 18" Jéremy Doku (Belgium) has an attempt on goal.
  • 18" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 20" Jéremy Doku (Belgium) is flagged for offside.
  • 20" Thibo Baeten (Belgium) has an effort on goal.
  • 20" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 20" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 21" Joshua Giurgi (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 21" Maarten Vandevoordt (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • 24" Thibo Baeten (Belgium) has an effort on goal.
  • 24" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 26" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 27" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 27" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 27" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 28" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jérémy Landu (Belgium).
  • 29" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 30" Thibo Baeten (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 31" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) has an attempt on goal.
  • 31" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 31" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 33" Hugo Siquet (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 37" Charlie McCann (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Anouar Ait El Hadj (Belgium).
  • 41" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 42" Joshua Giurgi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 42" Maarten Vandevoordt (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • 43" Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Hugo Siquet (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Giurgi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Sean Kennedy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Killian Sardella (Belgium).
  • 49" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 52" Sean Kennedy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 53" Killian Sardella (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland).
  • 54" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland).
  • 54" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 57" Charlie McCann (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 57" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 58" Seamas Keogh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marco Kana (Belgium).
  • 60" Andrew Omobamidele (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Thibo Baeten (Belgium).
  • 61" Anouar Ait El Hadj (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 61" Wouter George (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" Jéremy Doku (Belgium) fouls.
  • 63" Hugo Siquet (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 64" Wouter George (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 64" Hugo Siquet (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 65" Jéremy Doku (Belgium) has an attempt on goal.
  • 65" Jimmy Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) scores!
  • 66" Brandon Holt (in) - Joshua Giurgi (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Ronan McKinley (in) - Charlie McCann (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 68" Anouar Ait El Hadj (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 70" François Xavier Engolo (in) - Thibo Baeten (out) (Belgium)
  • 70" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 71" Jérémy Landu (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 73" Killian Sardella (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland).
  • 74" Timi Sobowale (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 76" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 79" Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Mathias De Wolf (in) - Anouar Ait El Hadj (out) (Belgium)
  • 80" Ronan McKinley (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 80" Maarten Vandevoordt (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • 81" Ronan McKinley (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 82" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 82" James Furlong (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 85" Roland Idowu (in) - Seamas Keogh (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 89" Yunus Bahadir (in) - Hugo Siquet (out) (Belgium)
  • 89" Anselmo Garcia McNulty (in) - Sean Kennedy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Wouter George (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 90+1" Ronan McKinley (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Killian Sardella (Belgium).
  • 90+2" Wouter George (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 90+3" Chris Kalulika (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 90+5" François Xavier Engolo (Belgium) is flagged for offside.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Belgium
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

12 3

Shots on Target

7 4

Shots off Target

8 2

Fouls Committed

7 10
  • Belgium

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 7Shots on Goal4
  • 8Shots Wide2
  • 6Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 3Save(s)6
  • 21Total Shots10
  • 7Fouls Committed10
  • 12Corner(s)3
  • 3Offside(s)0