Ireland’s U19s have the opportunity to reach the last four of the European Championships when they face the Czech Republic on Sunday evening.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of their crucial final Group B game this evening.
Where Is The Game Being Played?
Ireland take on the Czech Republic at the FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan, Armenia.
What Time Is Kick-Off?
6 pm Irish time.
Where Can I Watch The Game?
RTÉ 2 will be showing the game with coverage beginning at 5:45 pm.
What Do Ireland Need To Do To Qualify?
A win is the minimum requirement for Ireland when they face the Czech Republic.
France have already qualified and will hopefully defeat Norway who sit on two points and also know that a win will see them through to the final four.
Three points for Ireland, and anything other than a win for Norway, and they will qualify as the group runners up.
If Ireland and the Czech Republic draw, and Norway lose, then Mohan’s side’s qualification will likely come down to goal difference.
Ireland’s is currently -1 while the Czech Republic’s is -3. Norway have a 0 goal difference but that will obviously get worse should they lose.
How Have Ireland Done So Far?
Tom Mohan’s side drew their Group A opener against Norway thanks to a late equaliser from Manchester City midfielder Joe Hodge.
They improved on that performance against tournament favourites France in their second game but were desperately unlucky to lose the game 1-0.
How Have The Czech Republic Done So Far?
Like Ireland, the Czech Republic were defeated by France however the favourites won comfortably by 3-0 while the Czech Republic also drew with Norway in their second game.
Thankfully for Mohan, he has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the Czech Republic game. Here is the starting XI he has gone with for the game.
1️⃣ change as Tyreik Wright comes in for Matt Everitt
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If Ireland Do Qualify, Who Will They Face In The Semi-Finals?
Spain and Portugal have both secured qualification, and with Portugal advancing as Group A winners, they will face the runners up in Group B.
Irish manager Tom Mohan:
“I could not have asked much more of the players in last Thursday’s game against France. We produced an excellent defensive performance for long periods of the game against a highly talented team. The effort of our players was phenomenal and we were unlucky not to hang on for a draw.
“We had a day off on Friday where all of the players & staff visited a local orphanage, which was a very humbling experience. I cannot speak highly enough of the players for how they interacted with the kids, signed autographs, posed for photos, and handed out gifts. You could see how much it meant to the kids and the volunteers.
“Now, we are back fully focused on the Czech Republic game. We have watched them play in their qualifying games and both of their Group games. Our coaches & analysts have worked hard to provide us with all of the necessary information. We will have a gameplan in place and the players will be ready for this next challenge.
“We are fully aware of the potential scenarios in the Group, with Norway playing France in the other game, but we must concentrate on what we have to do against Czech Republic. There is still more to come from this team and we want to show that on Sunday night.
“As has been the case throughout this campaign, the staff have been brilliant and helped the players to recover. That is hugely important because we have been faced with a lot of issues, from sickness to fatigue to extreme heat, but the staff and players have been professional throughout and worked hard to be ready for each game.
“We all know what is at stake on Sunday and this group of players are determined to get a victory on the board. We will not be underestimating Czech Republic, who also have everything to play for. It should be a good game and it is one that we are looking forward to.”