Norway 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2019 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2027493

UEFA Under-19 ChampionshipFinal Tournament - Group Stage | FFA Academy Stadium, Yerevan
15 July 2019 - 18:45 (local time)

Norway 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Botheim(8) Full-time Hodge(81)
Norway Republic of Ireland

U19 EURO: Hodge strike seals draw with Norway

A late goal from debutant Joe Hodge ensured that the Republic of Ireland picked up a point in their opening Group B game of the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championships against Norway.
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16th Jul 2019

The heat in Yerevan proved to be a major factor for both teams with figures soaring to 34 degrees before kick-off. While there were two cooling breaks, it was still a struggle for the players.

Yet, it was Norway who started on a more lively note and took the lead inside eight minutes when Erik Botheim finished from close range after Ireland failed to deal with a cross into the penalty area.

It took a little while for Tom Mohan's side to get going, but once they did the football that they played was swift and clever. They used the width of the pitch well, connected passes, and made threatening runs forward.

Twice, in the first half, Ali Reghba broke forward on the right side and deserved to either score or set up a goal. Both times he feel just short, as did Jonathan Afolabi when trying to pick out a teammate with a cross.

In the second period, Ireland were the more aggressive and productive of the two teams. Afolabi proved to be a real handful for the Norway defence and he almost produced a wonder goal with a left-footed strike from distance.

Hodge and captain Lee O'Connor worked hard in midfield to stifle Norway, but they also tried to push things forward as much as possible. Their reward came on 81 minutes when Hodge fed a ball out to Reghba, who beat his man and crossed into the penalty area only for it to be cleared out to the waiting Hodge, who expertly fired in a low shot.

It was a superb finish from the 16-year-old and ensured that Ireland earned a crucial point - even if Norway rattled the Irish woodwork as the clock ticked into injury-time.

Norway: K Klaesson; E Sandberg, C Rosler, J Fredriksen; H Stenevik (M Pedersen 90), J Hove, M Solbakkken (M Ugland 79), E Tagseth; J Kitolano; J Larsen, E Botheim (NJ Holm 65).

Republic of Ireland: B Maher; A Lyons, M McGuinness, O McEntee, J James (M Everitt 61); L O'Connor, J Hodge; A Reghba, B Kavanagh, K Ledwidge (Andrew Omobamidele 90); J Afolabi.

Referee: N Dabanovic (Montenegro)

Tactical Lineups

Norway

1 Klaesson (G) 4 Sandberg (C) 5 Rosler 6 Fredriksen 7 Solbakken 9 Botheim 10 Stenevik 15 Hove 17 Larsen 19 Kitolano 20 Tagseth

Substitutes

  • 12 Mads Christiansen (G)
  • 2 Marcus Holmgren Pedersen
  • 3 Sebastian Jarl
  • 8 Mikael Ugland
  • 11 Noah Jean Holm
  • 13 Philip Slørdahl
  • 14 Elias Hagen
  • 16 Jakob Maslø Dunsby
  • 18 Mikael Tørset Johnsen

Republic of Ireland

1 Maher (G) 2 Lyons 3 Ledwidge 4 L. O'Connor (C) 5 McEntee 6 McGuinness 7 Reghba 9 Afolabi 13 James 18 Hodge 19 Kavanagh

Officials

  • Referee Nikola Dabanović
  • Assistant Referee Dawid Igor Golis
  • Assistant Referee Stephane De Almeida
  • 4th Referee Filip Glova
  • Uefa Delegate Bakar Jordania
  • Referee Observer Jaap Uilenberg

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" Markus Solbakken (Norway) has a shot blocked.
  • 3" Edvard Tagseth (Norway) takes the corner.
  • 3" Jonas Tillung Fredriksen (Norway) misses the target.
  • 6" Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jørgen Larsen (Norway).
  • 8" Erik Botheim (Norway) scores!
  • 10" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Colin Rosler (Norway).
  • 17" Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 18" Jørgen Larsen (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Colin Rosler (Norway) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Brandon Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Brandon Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Ali Reghba (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 23" Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jørgen Larsen (Norway).
  • 33" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jørgen Larsen (Norway).
  • 33" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 37" Markus Solbakken (Norway) fouls.
  • 40" Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jørgen Larsen (Norway).
  • 40" Johan Hove (Norway) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Johan Hove (Norway) misses the target.
  • 45" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 45+3" Edvard Tagseth (Norway) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ali Reghba (Republic of Ireland).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 48" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 49" Halldor Stenevik (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Jack James (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jørgen Larsen (Norway).
  • 52" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 52" Kristoffer Klaesson (Norway) blocks a shot.
  • 53" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 54" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 54" Halldor Stenevik (Norway) is booked.
  • 61" Matt Everitt (in) - Jack James (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 62" Edvard Tagseth (Norway) fouls.
  • 65" Noah Jean Holm (in) - Erik Botheim (out) (Norway)
  • 66" Halldor Stenevik (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Matt Everitt (Republic of Ireland).
  • 66" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Noah Jean Holm (Norway).
  • 71" Halldor Stenevik (Norway) is flagged for offside.
  • 74" Johan Hove (Norway) fouls.
  • 75" Mark McGuinness (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Johan Hove (Norway).
  • 77" Mark McGuinness (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Noah Jean Holm (Norway).
  • 78" Johan Hove (Norway) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Mikael Ugland (in) - Markus Solbakken (out) (Norway)
  • 81" Joe Hodge (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 84" Ali Reghba (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 84" Mikael Ugland (Norway) misses the target.
  • 87" Noah Jean Holm (Norway) is penalised for a foul on Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Noah Jean Holm (Norway) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 89" Mikael Ugland (Norway) hits the post.
  • 89" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Halldor Stenevik (Norway).
  • 90" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 90" Marcus Holmgren Pedersen (in) - Halldor Stenevik (out) (Norway)
  • 90" Andrew Omobamidele (in) - Kameron Ledwidge (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+2" Mikael Ugland (Norway) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+2" Mikael Ugland (Norway) fouls.
  • 90+7" Edvard Tagseth (Norway) takes the corner.
  • 90+7" Noah Jean Holm (Norway) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 1

Shots on Target

2 2

Shots off Target

3 1

Fouls Committed

10 14
  • Norway

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal2
  • 3Shots Wide1
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 1Save(s)1
  • 6Total Shots4
  • 10Fouls Committed14
  • 2Corner(s)1
  • 2Offside(s)2