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Posted on 30 July 2016  - 20:15

Our Under-21s will face Standard Liege in their fourth and final match at the European Under-21 Tournament in France on Sunday (July 31).

Connor Ogilvie in action against SM Caen on Saturday morningShilow Tracey on the attack against SM Caen

The play-off clash will kick-off at 10.40am local time in Ploufragan.

Our Group B campaign, which saw matches played over two 25-minute halves, got underway on Friday afternoon against Stade Rennais. We fell behind when Antoine Hecquet beat goalkeeper Harry Voss with a left-footed effort on 17 minutes but Nathan Oduwa levelled on 37 minutes.

Anthony Georgiou’s shot was then gathered by Stade Rennais goalkeeper Romain Cagnon as we sought a second.

With the teams tied at 1-1 at full-time, a sudden death penalty shootout was required to decide the winners. Grant Ward tucked away our first effort but defender Connor Ogilvie saw his attempt saved by Cagnon and, with Stade Rennais scoring their first two spot kicks, we lost the shootout 2-1.

There was more penalty drama this morning (Saturday) as we took on SM Caen. Voss made two good saves in the opening stages before Mathis Clement gave our opponents a 10th-minute lead.

We were handed an opportunity to draw level with four minutes remaining when Oduwa won a penalty, but Cy Goddard was unable to convert it and we lost 1-0.

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Above: George Marsh in action against SM Caen.

Stade Brestois, who were late entrants into the competition, also got the better of us in our third group game this afternoon. Ibrahima Sissoko and Alexis Taipa were on target in a 2-0 win for the French side.

MATCH LINE-UPS

Friday, July 29

Spurs (v Stade Rennais): Voss, Muscatt, Brown, Stylianides (Owens 43), Maghoma, Ogilvie, J Pritchard (Tracey 25), Ward, Loft (Oteh 43), Goddard (Georgiou 25), Oduwa.

Saturday, July 30

Spurs (v SM Caen): Voss, Marsh (Brown 39), Ogilvie (Muscatt 25), Owens (Stylianides 33), Maghoma, Mukena, Tracey, J Pritchard (Goddard 39), Loft (Oteh 25), Oduwa, Georgiou.

Spurs (v Stade Brestois): McDermott, Muscatt, Brown, Marsh, Maghoma, Mukena (J Pritchard 35), Tracey, Goddard (Stylianides 39), Oteh, Oduwa, Georgiou.