The Irish were on the verge of elimination at 4-4 until goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran saved Daishawn Redan's penalty - only for referee Zbynek Proske to award a retake, penalise Corcoran for encroachment and give him a second yellow card. The resulting finale was pretty much a disgrace; Corcoran was forced to hand his Irish jersey and gloves to teammate Oisín McEntee - a central defender who is not a goalkeeper - and despite his best efforts, Redan scored easily to book the Oranje's place in the tournament semifinals.
Dutch captain Redan stepped up to score the retaken penalty to send his side through to the semi-finals with Corcoran comforted by team-mates as he broke down in tears.
The Netherlands went on to win the shoot-out 5-4 after the game had ended 1-1.
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The father of the Republic of Ireland U17 player at the centre of the penalty shootout controversy says his son endured a sleepless night.
Irish officials remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle with even senior Irish manager Martin O'Neill marching onto the pitch to confront the referee.
Ireland boss Colin O'Brien claims the referee had twice warned the Dutch keeper for moving off the line early without taking action, before carding Corcoran.