Mar 24, 2016 at 6pm UK
ROI U21sRepublic of Ireland Under-21s
1-4
Italy U21sItaly Under-21s
Mandragora (16' og.)
Rea (21'), Lenihan (24'), Charsley (58')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Benassi (28'), Rosetti (36'), Romagnoli (59'), Lenihan (82' og.)
Cataldi (25'), Mandragora (45')

Result: Italy thump Ireland in Under-21 meeting

The Republic of Ireland suffer a 4-1 home defeat by Italy in a Euro 2017 Under-21 qualifier in Waterford.

Italy Under-21s came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland Under-21s 4-1 in Waterford tonight and move top of Group 2 in Euro 2017 qualifying.

The Irish took a surprise lead after 16 minutes when Jack Byrne's teasing free kick was sliced into his own net by Rolando Mandragora.

Ireland, who won three of their five qualifiers prior to kickoff, came under increasing pressure, and the hosts ultimately succumbed to it.

First, Marco Benassi expertly volleyed home a dropping ball on 28 minutes, before Valerio Rosetti nodded home a Gaetano Monachello cross nine minutes from half time as the visitors flipped the clash on its head.

There was further misery for the Boys in Green just before the hour mark when AC Milan star Alessio Romagnoli tapped home a Danilo Cataldi cross from close range to put the Italians on the brink.

Noel King's side almost reduced the arrears on 75 minutes, but first-choice Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off a smart point-blank save to keep out Byrne.

It was the wake-up call Italy needed, as the visitors forced Darragh Lenihan to divert the ball into his own net with seven minutes left.

The Irish stay fourth in Group 2, four points behind leaders Italy.

Carlo Cudicini of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on August 5, 2012
Read Next:
Cudicini joins ROI coaching staff
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1211104073334
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd128222762126
3Chelsea1281323101325
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs127232091123
5Liverpool126422417722
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford125341921-218
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124441313016
10Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12435817-915
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124261114-314
12Leicester CityLeicester123451618-213
13Bournemouth124171114-313
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke CityStoke123451524-913
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom12246918-910
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham122371125-149
19Swansea CitySwansea12228715-88
20Crystal Palace12129624-185
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand