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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

Mourneview Park 5th March 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Georgi Kabakov

N Ireland U21 N Ireland U21 vs Italy U21 Italy U21

N Ireland U21 0

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Italy U21 2

D Rugani (59)
M Trotta (89)

UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifying: Northern Ireland beaten by Italy

Last Updated: 05/03/14 6:38pm

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Marcelo Trotta: Sealed the win for Italy late on

Marcelo Trotta: Sealed the win for Italy late on

Northern Ireland Under-21s were beaten 2-0 by heavily-fancied Italy in their penultimate Euro 2015 qualifier at Mourneview Park.

Jim Magilton, continuing in charge of the side after taking over from Stephen Robinson for the first time in November's double header against the Azzurri and Cyprus, saw his side contain their higher-ranked opponents until Daniele Rugani's 59th minute header.

Marcelo Trotta, on loan at Brentford from Fulham, sealed it in the final minute.

While encouragement can surely be taken from the close nature of the result, the side's continued struggles in front of goal - they have now scored just twice in seven matches - cannot be ignored.

On a poor surface both sides were guilty of giving away early free-kicks, though neither team made significant headway as a result.

Sheffield Wednesday forward Caolan Lavery was the home side's most willing outlet in attack, and he was involved in the 26th minute when Carl Winchester forced a save from Francesco Bardi in the Italian goal.

Goalkeeper Connor Brennan earned the first booking of the match after half an hour but Northern Ireland were holding tight, reducing Federico Bernadeschi to a blocked shot moments later.

Ryan Brobbell missed the target eight minutes before the break, while Federico Viviani and Danilo Cataldi both missed for the visitors before the whistle.

Italy upped the pressure after the restart, forcing a series of corners, and opened the scoring just before the hour-mark.

Viviani's curling free-kick from the left fell perfectly for Rugani and he headed into the corner from six yards.

Northern Ireland were close to responding in kind just three minutes later but QPR's Jamie Sendles-White steered Luke Conlan's delivery wide from a great position.

It looked set to finish a one-goal game until Trotta got on the end of Jacopo Dezi's pass and sealed the win.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Wed 5th Mar - Group Three
    • Georgia U21
      1 - 1
      Lux'bourg U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Six
    • Romania U21
      3 - 1
      Faroe Islands U21
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    • Rep Ire U21
      1 - 2
      Montenegro U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Ten
    • Kaz'stan U21
      3 - 2
      Iceland U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Seven
    • Malta U21
      1 - 2
      Sweden U21
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    • Greece U21
      2 - 1
      Turkey U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Nine
    • N Ireland U21
      0 - 2
      Italy U21
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    • Belgium U21
      0 - 3
      Serbia U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Four
    • Austria U21
      1 - 3
      Albania U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Five
    • Switzerland U21
      5 - 1
      Liec'stein U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Two
    • Denmark U21
      8 - 0
      Estonia U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group One
    • England U21
      1 - 0
      Wales U21
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    • San Marino U21
      0 - 0
      Finland U21
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    Wed 5th Mar - Group Eight
    • Portugal U21
      2 - 0
      Macedonia 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