Euro U21 Qualifying
Denmark U212Northern Ireland U211

Euro 2021 qualifiers: Denmark U21 2-1 Northern Ireland U21

Stoke City midfielder Jake Dunwoody scored Northern Ireland's equaliser
Stoke City midfielder Jake Dunwoody scored Northern Ireland's equaliser

There was heartache for Northern Ireland Under-21s as they conceded a stunning late goal to lose 2-1 to Denmark in Aalborg.

Jens Odgaard's overhead kick four minutes from time struck a major blow to NI's Euro 2021 qualifying hopes.

Andreas Poulsen opened the scoring before Jake Dunwoody's second-half strike put Ian Baraclough's side in position to secure a hard-earned point.

Northern Ireland are fourth with two points after three games in Group 8.

Denmark move up into second with six points from two games, a point behind leaders Finland, who have picked up seven points from three matches.

Northern Ireland's first presentable chance fell to Shea Gordon on 22 minutes, but the Partick Thistle winger fired his shot wide having found space in behind the Danish defence.

Having settled into the game, Northern Ireland's momentum was stalled when Poulsen opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.

The left-back escaped his marker and converted Jacob Bruun Larsen's corner with a left-footed shot which proved too powerful for Conor Hazard to keep out.

The opening goal sparked the hosts into life as they began to consistently threaten the Northern Ireland defence. Bruun Larsen fired a looping free-kick just over the bar before teeing up Nikolai Laursen, who flashed his first-time effort just wide.

Derry City striker David Parkhouse came close with a header in the second half
Derry City striker David Parkhouse came close with a header in the second half

Bruun Larsen came close to doubling Denmark's advantage when he cut back on his right foot to beat Kofi Balmer before curling his shot beyond the far post.

But Northern Ireland were unfazed by the waves of Danish attacks and nearly found the equaliser when David Parkhouse produced a flying save from Oliver Christensen after meeting Lewis Thompson's pinpoint cross.

Laursen should have made it 2-0 after 55 minutes but headed Andreas Olsen's cross wide from six yards.

Northern Ireland punished their hosts two minutes later when Jake Dunwoody collected Alfie McCalmont's pass and fired into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Denmark pushed hard for the winner in the final 20 minutes. Bruun Larsen skimmed the top of the crossbar with another well-struck free-kick before Hazard denied substitute Jens Odgaard with a strong right-handed save.

But there was nothing Hazard could do about Odgaard's next effort, as the totemic striker controlled a free-kick with his cross before finding the bottom corner with a perfectly executed overhead kick as Northern Ireland suffered their first defeat in eight games.

They will try to regroup when they travel to Voluntari to face third-placed Romania on Monday night.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th October 2019

As It Stood


1R. of Ireland U21431071610
2Iceland U2122009186
3Italy U2121105054
4Sweden U21100113-20
5Armenia U21200217-60
6Luxembourg U213003011-110


1Georgia U2122007076
2Switzerland U2111005053
3France U2111005053
4Slovakia U2121015413
5Azerbaijan U214103210-83
6Liechtenstein U214103313-103


1England U2122005236
2Austria U2122007166
3Kosovo U2132017346
4Turkey U21411279-24
5Albania U214022510-52
6Andorra U21301239-61


1Greece U2132107167
2Scotland U2132104137
3Czech Rep U2121103124
4Lithuania U2141123304
5Croatia U21100112-10
6San Marino U213003010-100


1Poland U2122005056
2Bulgaria U2121104044
3Russia U2121101014
4Latvia U21201112-11
5Serbia U21201112-11
6Estonia U21200208-80


1Spain U2122003036
2North Macedonia U2122009276
3Kazakhstan U2142026516
4Israel U2111002113
5Montenegro U21410356-13
6Faroe Islands U213003213-110


1Portugal U2122006066
2Netherlands U2111005143
3Norway U2111002113
4Belarus U21210110283
5Cyprus U21310237-43
6Gibraltar U213003015-150


1Finland U2132107167
2Denmark U2122004226
3Romania U2121014223
4Ukraine U21310245-13
5Northern Ireland U21302123-12
6Malta U21301208-81


1Bosnia and Herzegovina U2121104044
2Germany U2111005143
3Wales U21210125-33
4Belgium U21201101-11
5Moldova U21100104-40
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