Hard work key for Ireland against Germany, insists Idah

Ireland Under-17 goal hero Adam Idah says that there is no reason why the Boys in Green cannot pull off a result against Germany when the teams meet in the UEFA U-17 Championship on Wednesday.

Despite losing their Group C opener against Serbia last week, Colin O’Brien’s side remain in with a chance of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament after defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 on Sunday.

READ MORE: Ireland’s UEFA U17 Championship campaign so far

Goals from Blackpool attacker Rowan Roache and Corinthians forward Idah secured a crucial victory for Ireland, who will progress to the next phase if they defeat the Germans in Croatia.

Idah, who supplied the assist for Roache before slotting home the decisive strike from the penalty spot against Bosnia, is confident that the Boys in Green can book their place in the last eight.

“There is a really positive vibe around the group in training,” Idah told fai.ie.

“It’ll be a tough game but if we all work hard and put in a good performance then there is no reason why we can’t get a result.”

O’Brien, meanwhile, is confident that unbeaten Germany have weaknesses that can be exploited by his players.

“Germany’s game is very much about dominating the ball. They commit a lot of numbers to attack and have a lot of creative players in their team. They really go into the game attack oriented,” said the U-17 head coach.

“We’ve looked at other aspects of their game and we see we’ll get opportunities against them. That’s what we’ve got to bear in mind tomorrow, that there is areas of weakness as well. We’ll get opportunities against them.”

Ireland take on Germany at Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka on Wednesday, May 10. The game kicks off at 11:00 AM Irish time and will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1.

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