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Ireland Under-21s beaten by Denmark in final warm-up game before Euro campaign

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Ireland Under-21s' Tyreik Wright in action against William Boving of Denmark during the U21 international friendly at Dama de Noche Football Centre in Marbella, Spain. Photo: Mateo Villalba Sanchez/Sportsfile

Ireland Under-21s' Tyreik Wright in action against William Boving of Denmark during the U21 international friendly at Dama de Noche Football Centre in Marbella, Spain. Photo: Mateo Villalba Sanchez/Sportsfile

Ireland Under-21s' Tyreik Wright in action against William Boving of Denmark during the U21 international friendly at Dama de Noche Football Centre in Marbella, Spain. Photo: Mateo Villalba Sanchez/Sportsfile

Ireland lost their final warm-up match for the upcoming U-21 European qualification campaign on Saturday against a far superior Denmark side.

Emil Frederiksen’s goal on the half hour proved the difference in Marbella but Jim Crawford’s side were fortunate not to lose by more given the dominance in possession and chances of the Danes.

Daniel Rose, the 17-year-old Schalke goalkeeper make his debut at this level, but was helpless to prevent Frederiksen finding his top corner with a 20-yard striker after Ireland’s defence allowed the striker too much room.

After beating Australia’s U-23s on Wednesday, it was disappointing that Crawford’s side failed to trouble AC Milan goalkeeper Andreas Jungdal over the 90 minutes.

Instead, the Scandinavians squandered chances to extend their lead in the second half, Frederiksen off-target from a couple of chances and substitute Frederick Winther heading straight at Rose eight minutes from full-time.

Ireland: D Rose; A Lyons (F Ebosele 46), M McGuinness, O McEntee, W Ferry; C Coventry, R Johansson; T Wright (G Kilkenny 65), C Noss (B Lawal 46), A Gilbert (L Watson 80); JJ Kayode (C Grant 82).

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