Sunday 25 February 2018

Ireland qualify for Euro U17 quarter-final on head-to-head record despite 7-0 loss to Germany in group finale

The Ireland U17 pictured ahead of the European Championship.
The Ireland U17 pictured ahead of the European Championship. Newsdesk Newsdesk

A fortuitous turn of results has seen the Ireland U17 team qualify for the quarter-finals of the European championship despite a 7-0 defeat in their final group game to Germany.

Ireland looked to be on their way out until an 80th minute goal for Bosnia scored by Armin Imamovic gave them a 1-0 win over Serbia, which saw the Boys in Green advance to the knockout stages on head-to-head records.

Ireland were defeated 1-0 in their opening game against Serbia before goals from Rowan Roache and Adam Idah secured a 2-1 win over Bosnia Herzegovina, which ultimately proved decisive.

Colin O'Brien's side found themselves 3-0 down against a formidable German outfit today before the European powerhouse pulled away in the second half with four further goals. However, despite the disappointing result, Bosnia were able to do Ireland a favour, with Imamovic now an Irish fan favourite after netting the decisive goal.

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