Norwich City striker Adam Idah returns as Stephen Kenny's Ireland under-21s face Brazil in Toulon semi-final

Wed, Jun 12 2019

Idah scored twice in the opening group game victory over China PR. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Top scorer Adam Idah returns to the fold Stephen Kenny makes four changes to the Republic of Ireland under-21s line-up to face Brazil under-23s in the Toulon Tournament semi-finals.

The Norwich City striker comes in for Zack Elbouzedi after the Waterford winger dislocated his shoulder in the 1-0 win over Bahrain that sealed top spot in Group C on Sunday.

Idah's second-half brace in the 4-1 opening day victory over China PR leaves him as Ireland's top scorer in the tournament. 

Sheffield United winger Stephen Mallon comes in for his first start of the tournament in place of Reading’s Josh Barrett, who won a penalty in the game against Bahrain.

West Ham United midfielder comes in for Jason Knight, whom he replaced at half-time on Sunday, while the other change sees Conor Masterson return in place of UCD’s Liam Scales.

Brazil named a strong starting XI on Monday night, with top scorer Matheus Cunha partnered up front by Paulinho and Antony.

The winner of this game will face Japan in the final after they beat Mexico on a penalty shoot-out in the early game following an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Republic of Ireland XI: Caoimhin Kelleher; Lee O’Connor, Dara O’Shea, Conor Masterson, Darragh Leahy; Connor Ronan, Jayson Molumby, Conor Coventry; Stephen Mallon, Aaron Connolly, Adam Idah.

Brazil XI: Ivan; Emerson, Murilo, Lyanco, Iago; Douglas Luiz, Matheus Henrique, Pedrinho; Antony, Paulinho, Cunha.