England will restart a key Under-19 women’s match in the 96th minute with a retaken penalty after a refereeing error.

Mo Marley’s side, trailing 2-1, will replay the final minutes of the European U19 Championship qualifier against Norway in Belfast on Thursday.

German referee Marija Kurtes disallowed Leah Williamson’s spot-kick for encroachment during Saturday’s match.

But she wrongly gave Norway a free-kick instead of ordering a penalty retake.

The restart will take place at the Seaview Stadium in Belfast at 21:45 BST with a different referee, as Kurtes has been sent home following her error.

UEFA’s ruling states that the match will be “extended according to the discretion of the referee”. Approximately three minutes remain to be played.

The penalty retake could prove crucial as both sides vie for automatic qualification. If England and Norway win their remaining games – both taking place beforehand at 16:00 BST on Thursday – an equaliser from the spot could put England through as group winners on goal difference.

England’s qualifying group – results

Apr 4: Norway v England – to finish

Apr 4: Switzerland 1-0 Northern Ireland

Apr 6: Norway 2-0 Switzerland

Apr 6: England 9-1 Northern Ireland

Apr 9: Switzerland v England (16:00 BST)

Apr 9: Northern Ireland v Norway (16:00 BST)

Uefa’s decision to order the final seconds to be replayed was made on Wednesday following a Football Association protest. It is the first time such a decision has been taken in a Uefa competition.

Both teams must restart the game with the same players who were on the field at the moment the penalty was taken in the original match, although England can change the kick taker.

Vilde Fjelldal gave Norway the lead on Saturday, before Molly Bartrip’s own goal made it 2-0.

Substitute Rosella Ayane pulled one back for England with two minutes to go before they were awarded the late penalty.

England and Norway’s Under-19 women’s teams are in Belfast anyway to complete a set of round-robin qualification fixtures for July’s finals in Israel.

England, who beat Northern Ireland 9-1 on Monday, play Switzerland in their final scheduled qualification match at 16:00 BST. Norway will face Northern Ireland at the same time.

The winners of each of the six qualification groups will join the hosts at the finals this summer, with the final place at the eight-team tournament going to the leading runner-up.

Uefa rules state that the leading runner-up will be the team with the best record against the sides who finished first and third in their group.