THE BALL – The selection beats the representative. Ireland make their Elite Round debut (U17)

The U-17 national team made their debut in the best possible way in the Elite round of Euro-2022 qualifiers, beating the Republic of Ireland 4-1, at the Estádio Municipal do Fontelo.

The Irish started even better in the first round match of Group 8, but it was Portugal who scored the goal, ahead of João Veloso (19th). The advantage was extended a few seconds before the break, by José Dinis Rodrigues.

representing Ireland reacted, Mark O’Mahony reduced the gap (72′) and the pressure increased in the search for a draw, however the national team knew how to resist and already in the compensation kill the match, with goals from Rodrigo Ribeiro (90+4′) and Ivan Lima (90+7′).

An important triumph that leaves Portugal at the top of Group 8, alongside Bulgaria, who beat Finland (1-0) and are the Portuguese’s next opponent (Saturday).

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