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International watch: Josh Cullen captains Republic of Ireland Under-21s in latest Euro qualifier

15 November 2017

Josh Cullen captained Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their latest 2019 UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier as their unbeaten start came to an end during the November international break.

The on-loan midfielder completed the full 90 minutes for the Boys in Green as they fell to a last-minute 2-1 defeat to Norway at the Marienlyst Stadium in Dremmen on Tuesday.

Norway took the lead early on as Martin Odegaard stroked Henrik Bjordal's pass past Ireland keeper Kieran O'Hara in the 16th minute. 

The Boys in Green responded well after falling behind and had a penalty claim waved away after Harry Charsley went down from a challenge by Kristoffer Ajer.

However, Ireland were level shortly after the half-hour mark as Jake Mulraney's fast pace carried him down the pitch after controlling Declan Rice's pass on the halfway line, before finishing under the goalkeeper.

But Ireland were denied a deserved point in the final minute of the match as Ronan Curtis' header only half-cleared a right-sided corner, allowing Norway captain Iver Fossum to fire home to give the home side all three points. 

Ireland now sit second in Group 5 behind Germany after five games played, having won three and drawn one of their first four.

Elsewhere, Max Broughton came on as a half-time substitue as England Under-17s came from behind to beat Russia 2-1 on Saturday before remaining an unused substitue in the Young Lions 2-1 victory over Germany on Tuesday.


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