Euro 2013 qualifier: Denmark U21 3-0 N Ireland U21

Northern Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Robinson

Northern Ireland Under-21s ended their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign with a sixth straight defeat as they were well beaten by Denmark in Aalborg.

All the goals came in the first half with Emil Larsen putting the home side ahead in the eighth minute.

Josh Magennis then conceded a 28th-minute penalty which Danish captain Mads Albaek converted.

Andreas Laudrup, son of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, struck the third goal in first-half injury-time.

The home side's win secured the runners-up spot in Group 4 with Northern Ireland second bottom with just four points.

Odense midfielder Larsen puts the Danes ahead with the first significant chance of the match.

Accrington striker James Gray attempted to bring his side back into it five minutes later only to see his shot blocked while Matty Ball sent a free-kick wide moments later.

After Magennis had conceded the 28th-minute penalty, the Aberdeen full-back had a chance to make amends with a free-kick of his own but could not beat the wall.

Simon Makienok missed three chances to extend the home team's advantage before Laudrup beat Ross Glendinning in added time with a wonderful finish.

With the hosts easing off, Northern Ireland had more possession in the second half.

However, neither goalkeeper was having to work too hard and a string of substitutions disrupted matters further.

Irish sub Matt McClure tried his luck with 10 minutes to go and Billy Kee headed straight at keeper Frederik Ronnow from six yards after getting on the end of a floated cross by Seanan Clucas.

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