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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

(ATT 2,949) 9th September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Aleksander Gauzer

Belgium U21 Belgium U21 vs N Ireland U21 N Ireland U21

Belgium U21 1

M Batshuayi (44)

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N Ireland U21 0

L Donnelly (S/O 90)

Northern Ireland Under 21s lose 1-0 to Belgium thanks to Michy Batshuayi goal

Last Updated: 09/09/13 9:20pm

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Liam Donnelly: Sent off against Belgium

Liam Donnelly: Sent off against Belgium

Northern Ireland Under-21s were downed by a solitary first-half goal in their Euro 2015 qualifier in Belgium.

Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi grabbed the only goal of the game just before the interval to maintain his side's 100 per cent record, while Fulham's Liam Donnelly was sent off in injury time.

Stephen Robinson's side have now lost both of their Group Nine clashes but this represents a significant improvement on May's 3-0 reverse in Cyprus.

After a slow start, Northern Ireland drew a couple of saves from Belgium goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, Carl Winchester and Josh Carson both trying their luck.

The hosts settled after that with Paul-Jose Mpoku, Thorgan Hazard and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco coming into the game more but failing to work Connor Devlin.

Indeed, the next shot on target came from Oldham midfielder Winchester after 42 minutes but he could not beat Kaminski.

Instead, Belgium scored with their first real attempt on goal, Batshuayi firing home from Laurens De Bock's assist moments before the interval.

Dagenham's Sean Shields replaced Kirk Millar at half-time, the first of three replacements alongside Jamie Reid and Paul McElroy, but Northern Ireland could not find an equaliser.

James Gray saw his 56th-minute free-kick saved and soon after Batshuayi hit the woodwork.

There were chances at either end for a second goal but it did not materialise, and with three minutes of added time on the clock Donnelly picked up a second yellow card.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Mon 9th Sep - Group Nine
    • Cyprus U21
      0 - 2
      Italy U21
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    • Belgium U21
      1 - 0
      N Ireland U21
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      TV
    Mon 9th Sep - Group Four
    • Bosnia U21
      0 - 2
      Austria U21
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      TV
    • Spain U21
      4 - 0
      Albania U21
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      TV
    Mon 9th Sep - Group One
    • Finland U21
      1 - 1
      England U21
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      TV
    Mon 9th Sep - Group Three
    • Lux'bourg U21
      0 - 1
      Holland U21
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      TV
    • Slovakia U21
      1 - 0
      Georgia U21
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    Mon 9th Sep - Group Five
    • Ukraine U21
      0 - 2
      Croatia U21
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      TV
    • Liec'stein U21
      0 - 6
      Switzerland U21
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      TV
    Mon 9th Sep - Group Ten
    • Belarus U21
      1 - 2
      France U21
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    Mon 9th Sep - Group Six
    • Rep Ire U21
      0 - 4
      Germany U21
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 8 22
2 Moldova U21 8 13
3 Finland U21 8 12
4 Wales U21 8 10
5 Lithuania U21 7 7
6 San Marino U21 9 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 8 20
2 Russia U21 7 16
3 Slovenia U21 8 11
4 Bulgaria U21 8 8
5 Estonia U21 7 8
6 Andorra U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Holland U21 5 13
2 Slovakia U21 6 13
3 Georgia U21 7 8
4 Scotland U21 6 7
5 Luxembourg U21 6 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 7 16
2 Switzerland U21 6 12
3 Ukraine U21 4 7
4 Latvia U21 5 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 6 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 6 14
2 Montenegro U21 6 11
3 Romania U21 6 9
4 Rep of Ireland U21 7 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland U21 7 15
2 Greece U21 6 12
3 Turkey U21 6 10
4 Sweden U21 6 10
5 Malta U21 7 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 6 18
2 Israel U21 5 9
3 Norway U21 7 9
4 Macedonia U21 6 4
5 Azerbaijan U21 6 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Serbia U21 6 13
2 Belgium U21 7 13
3 Italy U21 6 12
4 Cyprus U21 6 6
5 N Ireland U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 6 18
2 Iceland U21 6 12
3 Kazakhstan U21 7 9
4 Armenia U21 6 6
5 Belarus U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0