There was UEFA Under-21 qualifier action for three of our players last night which saw two wins and one heavy defeat.
Marcus Forss and his Finland teammates came out on top in a thriller in Northern Ireland as they picked up a 3-2 victory. It was the home side who went ahead on 23 minutes, but Finland struck back on the cusp of half-time through Timo Stavitski. Paul O’Neil got his second of the evening for Northern Ireland when he scored another just before the hour mark, but Finland would flip the game on its head to lead 3-2 with quickfire goals from Mikael Soisalo and substitute, Naatan Skyttä.
That win puts Finland fourth in Group 8 on 10 points, level with Ukraine ahead of a trip to top of the table Denmark on Tuesday.
As for Denmark, they continued their strong form as they picked up a 3-1 win away from home at Malta as Mads Bech Sørensen was an unused substitute on the night. Interestingly, it was the hosts who went ahead on 52 minutes, but The Danes soon battled back to level through Nikolai Laursen before Mikkel Damsgaard put the side ahead just six minutes from time. Jesper Lindstrøm then made sure the points were safe when he fired home in injury time. As stated above, Denmark now have a commanding lead with 22 points from their eight fixtures in the group.
There would be disappointment for Joe Adams and his Welsh teammates as they were beaten 5-0 away from home in Belgium. Joe, who made his debut for the Welsh Under-21 side as a 54th minute substitute, was unable to help the side get back into the game, which the home side controlled throughout. They went ahead from the penalty spot before their lead was doubled three minutes later as the Belgians worked towards a three-goal advantage by half-time. Jelle Bataille added a fourth for the side before Loïs Openda netted a late penalty to make it 5-0. Wales are now six points off Germany, who sit in second, and seven points of Belgium at the top.
Patrik Gunnarsson’s Iceland side were due to play against Italy’s Under-21s but the game was postponed after members of the Italian squad had tested positive for Covid-19.