Jaakko Oksanen was unable to prevent Finland Under-21 slipping to defeat against North Macedonia yesterday. The Brentford B midfield player started for his country in the friendly yesterday afternoon and played 81 minutes. It was his third cap at Under-21 level and 30th for his country overall.
The only goal of the game came four minutes in when Jaakko failed to get enough on a clearance and the shot from Vane Jovanov flew past Hugo Keto in the Finland goal. The Fins battled back but were unable to find a leveller. They will try again against Sweden next Tuesday, 11 June.
Jaakko was not the only Brentford B player with an Under-21 international focus yesterday. Republic of Ireland Under-21 drew 0-0 with Mexico in their second Group C game at the 2019 Maurice Revello Tournament, better known as the Toulon Tournament, yesterday. Brentford B defender Canice Carroll is part of the squad but was an unused substitute.
Ireland beat China in their first game and will play Bahrain on Sunday to confirm how far they progress. There will then be further games to decide the final placings but if Ireland win on Sunday, they will definitely make the Semi-Finals. This is a first Under-21 call-up for Canice, who joined Brentford B from Oxford United last summer and spent the second half of the season on loan at Swindon Town. He has represented his country at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, playing 20 games in total.