Northern Ireland 2-0 Ukraine Northern Ireland recorded their first ever win at the European Championships as they defeated Ukraine 2...
Northern Ireland 2-0 Ukraine
Northern Ireland recorded their first ever win at the European Championships as they defeated Ukraine 2-0 in a rain-soaked Lyon.
Veteran West Brom defender McAuley nodded home four minutes after the restart from a brilliant Oliver Norwood free-kick before McGinn swept home in stoppage time as Michael O’Neill’s tactical roll of the dice paid off.
|Veteran West Brom defender McAuley nodded home the opener|
On an evening when they could have been the first nation eliminated from the competition with a defeat, and a win or a draw for Germany later, O’Neill made five changes and dropped Kyle Lafferty.
His players responded by producing a much-improved offering from their defeat to Poland in Nice, either side of a short in-play delay caused by a hailstorm, and they now meet the world champions in Paris next week knowing progression to the knockout stages remains on offer.
Germany 0-0 Poland
Germany and Poland are both well-positioned to qualify from Group C at Euro 2016 after they settled for a point apiece in a 0-0 stalemate.
Their draw – despite significant quality at both ends of the pitch – leaves both teams level on four points at the top of the group. Germany lead second-placed Poland because their goal difference is superior by one.
Northern Ireland earlier on Thursday unexpectedly defeated Ukraine 2-0 to earn three points, meaning both Germany and Poland remain at risk of elimination when they next play on Tuesday. Germany face Northern Ireland, while Poland meet Ukraine.
World champions Germany struggled to build momentum, following their 2-0 defeat of Ukraine in the opening match of their tournament, and perhaps because of their unwillingness to take risks.