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Late heartache for Northern Ireland Under 21s despite Jake Dunwoody strike in Denmark

Northern Ireland's Jake Dunwoody
Northern Ireland's Jake Dunwoody

Northern Ireland suffered the first defeat of their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign as they were beaten 2-1 by Denmark in Aalborg.

Borussia Monchengladbach defender Andreas Poulsen put the hosts ahead after half an hour when he met Jacob Bruun Larsen's corner. Northern Ireland keeper Conor Hazard got a hand to it, but the ball went in off the crossbar.

Leeds midfielder Alfie McCalmont set up Jake Dunwoody for the equaliser after 57 minutes, with the Stoke player firing into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Northern Ireland looked to have earned a third straight draw but Heerenveen forward Jens Odgaard netted the winner with an overhead kick two minutes from time.

The result leaves Ian Baraclough's side with two points from three games, five adrift of early Group 8 pacesetters Finland.

N Ireland U21: Hazard, Marron, Toal, Balmer, Gordon, Alistair McCann, McCalmont, Boyd-Munce, Thompson, Parkhouse, Dunwoody.

Subs: Hughes, McClelland, McClean, Galbraith, O'Mahony, Graham, Palmer, O'Neill, Lewis McCann.

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