Portugal v Ireland, Wednesday, 3 pm, Banants Stadium, Yerevan
Ireland will play Portugal in the UEFA U19 European Championship Football semi-final on Wednesday. The game will be live on RTE also at 3 pm.
Ireland had a good group campaign where they finished second. They drew with Norway 1-1 in their opening game, they lost to France 1-0 in their second group, before they beat the Czech Republic on Sunday 2-1 to secure a semi-final spot. Ireland will be without Lee O’Connor and Jonathan Afolabi having picked up two yellow cards in the group stages.
Portugal beat Italy 3-0 in their opening game, before following that up with a 1-1 draw with Spain. They beat Armenia 4-0 then on Saturday to finish top of the group to set this game up with Tim Mohan’s side.
- Ireland have qualified for this tournament twice since it was regraded to Under-19 level – finishing fourth in 2002 under Brian Kerr and reaching the semi-finals in 2011 with Paul Doolin
- Ireland were the only team to qualify having won their six games across the Qualifying Round and Elite Round.
- Portugal are through to their fourth successive semi-final in this tournament (they have won four out of six semi-finals altogether)
- In qualification, Portugal received a bye through to the Elite Round where they beat Cyprus, Turkey and Scotland (scoring 10 goals and not conceding a single goal)
How Ireland made it to Euro 2019
13 October 2018: Republic of Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands
16 October 2018: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands
20 March 2019: Republic of Ireland 5-0 Romania
23 March 2019: Republic of Ireland 3-1 Azerbaijan
26 March 2019: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Russia
Tom Mohan Ireland Head Coach “We have an extra incentive when it comes to motivation to reach the final as the players, and staff, want to do it for both Lee O’Connor and Jonathan Afolabi, who are both suspended for our semi-final with Portugal. It is really disappointing for the two lads, who have been outstanding in every game for us, so we want to collectively do what we can so that Lee & Jonny get to play in the final.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), George McMahon (Burnley)
Defenders: Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Mark McGuinness (Arsenal), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Jack James (Unattached), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton), Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday)
Midfielders: Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Barry Coffey (Celtic), Niall Morahan (Sligo Rovers), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Grant (Sheffield Wednesday)
Forwards: Jonathan Afolabi (Unattached), Ali Reghba (Leicester City), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa), Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Festy Ebosele (Derby County)
Portugal are 1/3 to win this game, Ireland are massive underdogs at 11/2. The draw is currently 16/5.