Belarus v Northern Ireland Match Report, 11/06/2019, EC Qualification

Belarus v Northern Ireland Match Report, 11/06/2019, EC Qualification

Belarus 0 Northern Ireland 1: O’Neill’s men leave it late to keep perfect beginning

Paddy McNair struck four minutes from time as Northern Ireland preserved their happy-go-lucky direct over Germany in the summit of Group C.

Northern Ireland left it late to keep their own 100 percent begin to Euro 2020 qualifying with a narrow 1-0 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Michael O’Neill’s side won their first three Group C matches — such as a 2-1 win at the reverse osmosis at March — but seemed like they’d be departing the Borisov Arena with only a stage after a disjointed screen.

However, having ensured an overdue turnaround to conquer Estonia at the weekend, they did the exact same again in Barysaw, Paddy McNair sparking wild celebrations among the travelling service with a nice ending four minutes from time.

The triumph means O’Neill’s men stay in the summit of the team, three points ahead of Germany, who have a match in hand.

Northern Ireland began in optimistic mood, together with Conor Washington fizzing an attempt agonisingly wide after four minutes.

Belarus shortly grew into the match, however, denying that the people any straightforward opportunities and nearly taking the lead themselves if Denis Polyakov’s left wing crossover drifted just wide of Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s far post.

Northern Ireland didn’t register a shot on goal until the 50th moment, Aleksandr Gutor keeping out Washington’s whipped campaign from 20 yards.

Peacock-Farrell needed to be awake 20 minutes from time to maintain out Igor Stasevich’s low strike from 12 yards, while Gutor pawed away replacement George Saville’s drive in the opposite end.

Northern Ireland’s never-say-die mindset was on full screen again at the final stages, however, since McNair cut in from the left and drilled beyond Gutor to make it four wins out of four to O’Neill’s side.

 

What exactly does it imply? Imperfect functionality Doesn’t derail ideal beginning

With two matches to play against Germany and Netherlands, O’Neill understood maximum points was critical against among their team’s minnows. They have been created to work for the success, however, along with also the Northern Ireland boss understands that should they play as sluggishly as this against more illustrious opponents they’ll be punished.

McNair opens global accounts in design

The former Manchester United man wasn’t a regular starter for Middlesbrough at the 2018-19 Championship season, but he showed no signs of rustiness if he cut late on and shattered beyond Gutor for his first ever global aim.

Magennis Struggling to reestablish heroics

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Josh Magennis created a remarkable effect in the replacements’ bench against Estonia in the weekend — scoring overdue on to secure three points. But he fought to stamp his authority on this match and he had been hauled off first in the second half following an anonymous screen.

What is next?

Northern Ireland face back-to-back home games in September, together with Luxembourg and Germany visiting Windsor Park. Belarus, meanwhile, see Estonia in precisely the exact same month.



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