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Final group games coming up for Royals in Toulon

Barrett, Olise and Loader all set for deciders

7 June 2019

Josh Barrett's Republic of Ireland U21s and Michael Olise's France U18s were both in action in Toulon, playing their second group matches.

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Both Royals were named on the bench in their respective matches, as the Irish remained top of their group by battling to a goalless draw against Mexico's Under-22s.

This result sees Barrett's side able to guarantee qualification to the semi-finals of the tournament with a win against Bahrain's Under-22s this Sunday (2.30pm kick-off BST).

The Royals' winger will be aiming to play his way into the side as they look to seal their place in the last four.

Fellow Academy graduate, Michael was also among the substitutes for France U18s, as they faced the difficult task of going up against a Brazil side that were four years their senior.

Brazil's Under-22s showed that quality against the French, as Olise remained an unused sub with the Brazilians running out as 4-0 winners against Les Bleuets.

Having started in their victory in their group opener against Qatar U23s, Olise will be hoping for more minutes as they take on Guatemala in their final group match (Saturday 8th June, 2pm kick-off).

Following Brazil's victory, it's likely they will now win France's group, but a win against Guatemala could see Olise and France through to the semis as the highest-scoring runners-up across all four groups.

Unfortunately for Danny Loader and England U20s, their chances of reaching the semi-finals are remote after defeat to Portugal's U19s on Tuesday.

The Young Lions have one last chance to impress in the group stages on Friday night, though, as they take on their counterparts from Chile (7.30pm kick-off).

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Whether our young Royals and their nations get through the group stages or not, they will all be playing a fourth game - a play-off to decide their overall placing in the tournament. The details of these matches will follow upon the conclusion of the group stages this weekend.

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