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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

15th October 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Oliver Drachta

Serbia U21 Serbia U21 vs N Ireland U21 N Ireland U21

Serbia U21 3

D Morgan (og 63)
L Milunovic (64)
Vitas (74)

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N Ireland U21 1

J Gray (54)

European U21 Championship qualifers: Northern Ireland U21s beaten by Serbia

Last Updated: 15/10/13 8:35pm

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James Gray: Scored for Northern Ireland U21s

James Gray: Scored for Northern Ireland U21s

Northern Ireland's Under-21s are still to register a point in their 2015 European Championship qualifying campaign after Serbia came from behind to beat them 3-1 in Gornji Milanovac.

The visitors took a 54th-minute lead through James Gray in what was their fourth Group 9 fixture but Serbia then netted thrice in quick succession thanks to David Morgan's own-goal (63) and efforts from Luka Milunovic (64) and Uros Vitas (74).

The home side were on the attack from the early stages, with Milunovic passing up a great opportunity by missing the target in the third minute before Milos Jojic brought a save out of Conor Brennan in the sixth.

Northern Ireland's first attempt at goal came in the 10th minute, with Ryan Brobbel trying his luck unsuccessfully, and Serbia were then swiftly back on the front foot.

Following a flurry of efforts at the visitors' goal, Serbia went the closest yet in the 23rd minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the woodwork.

Aleksandar Kovacevic then had a shot blocked and the hosts' pressure continued with efforts from Nikola Stoiljkovic and Jojic keeping Brennan busy.

Northern Ireland were struggling to muster much at the other end, but Brobbel did miss with a free-kick, Gray and Kirk Millar had efforts blocked and towards the end of the first half Carl Winchester produced an unsuccessful attempt.

They began in lively fashion after the break as, either side of Stoiljkovic testing Brennan, Serbian players got in the way of shots from both Gray and Millar, and they were soon in front as the former finished from Luke McCullough's assist.

Serbia quickly looked to bounce back as Brennan kept Milunovic at bay, and within moments of Morgan having a free-kick saved, things were level with the Nottingham Forest man having put the ball into his own net.

Seconds later the game had been fully turned on its head, with Mitrovic setting up Milunovic.

Efforts from Kovacevic and Mitrovic followed and after Morgan failed to hit the target with a chance, Vitas showed better accuracy to add Serbia's third.

Northern Ireland remained under pressure thereafter, with Mitrovic failing to convert a particularly decent opportunity, while Jonny Gorman's blocked strike was the only response.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group Eight
    • Azerbaijan U21
      0 - 2
      Portugal U21
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    • Norway U21
      1 - 3
      Israel U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group One
    • Wales U21
      4 - 0
      San Marino U21
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    • Moldova U21
      1 - 0
      Finland U21
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    • England U21
      5 - 0
      Lithuania U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group Four
    • Albania U21
      0 - 1
      Bosnia U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group Six
    • Rep Ire U21
      0 - 1
      Romania U21
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    • Germany U21
      3 - 2
      Faroe Islands U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group Seven
    • Malta U21
      0 - 4
      Greece U21
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    • Turkey U21
      1 - 0
      Poland U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group Two
    • Russia U21
      0 - 2
      Denmark U21
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    • Slovenia U21
      2 - 1
      Bulgaria U21
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group Nine
    • Serbia U21
      3 - 1
      N Ireland 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 10 28
2 Finland U21 10 16
3 Moldova U21 10 16
4 Wales U21 10 12
5 Lithuania U21 10 8
6 San Marino U21 10 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 10 26
2 Russia U21 10 22
3 Slovenia U21 10 17
4 Bulgaria U21 10 9
5 Estonia U21 10 9
6 Andorra U21 10 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia U21 8 17
2 Holland U21 8 16
3 Georgia U21 8 11
4 Scotland U21 8 11
5 Luxembourg U21 8 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 8 19
2 Ukraine U21 8 19
3 Switzerland U21 8 15
4 Latvia U21 8 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 8 20
2 Romania U21 8 12
3 Montenegro U21 8 11
4 Rep of Ireland U21 8 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 8 16
2 Greece U21 8 15
3 Poland U21 8 15
4 Turkey U21 8 13
5 Malta U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 8 24
2 Israel U21 8 15
3 Norway U21 8 9
4 Azerbaijan U21 8 7
5 Macedonia U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 8 18
2 Serbia U21 8 16
3 Belgium U21 8 16
4 Cyprus U21 8 6
5 N Ireland U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 8 22
2 Iceland U21 8 16
3 Kazakhstan U21 8 9
4 Armenia U21 8 9
5 Belarus U21 8 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

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