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Ireland U21s Fall To Third In Euro Championship Qualification

Ireland’s U21 side endured a torrid Tuesday evening in Tallaght.

Ireland came into their 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier against Germany in second place in Group 5.

They were level with the Germans heading into the international break, but a draw against Kosovo on Friday left them two points behind, and brought Norway back into play.

Aaron Seydel put Germany ahead within just six minutes, and their lead was doubled from the penalty spot after a foul by Jake Mulraney on Lukas Klostermann.

Cedric Teuchert slotted it home, and the Schalke striker got his second in the 66th minute to put the game beyond the home side.

His hat-trick came seven minutes later, again via the spot, and Germany’s third penalty was scored in the 83rd, with Teuchert allowing Suat Serdar to get in on the action.

Serdar then scored from open play in the 86th to condemn Noel King’s side to a 6-0 defeat.

The loss put Germany five points ahead of Ireland with just two games left, but the goal difference also allowed Norway to pip the boys in green to second.

Their 3-1 win over Azerbaijan put them two goals ahead of Ireland in the differential, with both sides level on 14 points.

Ireland must now go to both Israel and Germany next month and get results in order to challenge for a playoff place.

The nine group table toppers will qualify for the Euro’s next summer, while the four best second place finishers will enter a playoff, with two teams progressing.

Seven of the other eight second placed teams are currently in a better position than both Norway and Ireland in Group 5, so both teams will likely need to beat Germany next month and defeat Azerbaijan and Israel respectively in order to qualify.

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