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NI U21s 0-1 Luxembourg U21s: Tommy Wright makes losing start in opening qualifier

Tommy Wright's reign as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager got off to a losing start as they were beaten 1-0 by Luxembourg in their opening Euro 2025 qualifier at Mourneview Park.

James Rodrigues' 13th-minute strike secured the visitors the points.

Wright's side managed only one shot on target despite dominating possession for long periods.

Luxembourg's winner came as Rodrigues lashed in a rebound after Selim Turping had struck a post with a fierce shot.

Callum Marshall hammered an effort into the side-netting as the hosts looked to respond before the break.

JJ McKiernan then had their best opportunity in the 54th minute after Carl Johnston took a long pass in his stride and picked him out in the box.

McKiernan met the ball with a good first-time shot on the slide but goalkeeper Eldin Latik stretched to tip around a post.

Jamie McDonnell got behind the defence for a late chance but put his shot wide.

The Northern Ireland Under-21s will hope to pick themselves up for their next outing against Ukraine in Poprad, Slovakia, on Tuesday.