Ireland defeated by Italy in U17 Euro Championship

Ireland 0 Italy 2

Ireland suffered a 2-0 defeat to Italy in their second group game of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship this afternoon.

Ireland defeated by Italy in U17 Euro Championship

Ireland's Zachary Elbouzedi, in action against Patrick Cutrone of Italy.

Picture: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

The side had earned a draw in their first game of the tournament, against the Netherlands, so today’s defeat leaves them at the bottom of the group table.

Simone Lo Faso scored in the ninth minute to give Italy an early lead, but Ireland were dominant for large periods of the first half, with Connor Ronan in particular putting in a strong performance.

Ireland also started the second half strongly and created chances, but were let down by their finishing.

Substitute Simone Mazzocchi scored a second for Italy within minutes of his introduction to seal victory for the Italians.

The Netherlands will play England, who won their opening game against Italy, later tonight.

Ireland will take on England in their final group game on Wednesday.

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