The Dutch U17 side who so controversially knocked Ireland out of the European Championships ended up as the competition’s overall winners.
One of the most controversial referee decisions we have seen in some time caused the Irish U17’s team to lose their spot in the Uefa U17 European Championships last week. Ireland’s Jimmy Corcoran was deemed to have left his goalline prematurely after saving the last crucial final penalty that was taken, something that caused him to receive a second yellow card.
With Corcoran’s dismissal, Ireland were forced to put defender Oisin McEntee between the posts but unfortunately, Dutch captain Daishawn Redan was able to capitalise on the switchup and Ireland’s European dream came to an end.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) May 15, 2018
The Netherlands managed to take home the trophy outright following a 2-2 draw against Italy that saw both sides contest a penalty shootout, once again. Keeper Joey Koorevar produced a pair of saves to make the score 4-1 from the spot and with that, the Dutch brought home a major title – one that, was of course, not without its fair share of controversy, however.
PENALTIES | Netherlands are your U17 European champions!!!
— Dan Simmonite (@dan_simmonite) May 20, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena