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European Championship Qualifiers

0 Half Time 0
European Championship Qualifiers
Windsor Park


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      HALF TIME! There sounds the whistle to signal the end of an intriguing first half of football at the top of Group F.
    • 45'
      A late free-kick is swung in by Maxim and there are half-hearted appeals for a handball in the Northern Ireland penalty area but the referee waves play on.
    • 0'
      A scoreless draw then in Belfast as the two at the top in Group F remain, at the top, in first and second place. It leaves the group in the balance with Hungary having won against Iceland earlier in the day meaning they now sit just two points behind Northern Ireland and three behind Romania.
    • 0'
      Both sets of players are back out for the second half.
    • 0'
      All level at the break then with neither side able to find the opening goal. An Evans header at the back post is the closest we have come late on in the half but it was clawed over the bar smartly by Tatarusanu. Torje has been a shining light at the other end for Romania but McGovern hasn't been for
    • 0'
      Moments away from kick-off now with both national anthems completed. Romania are in an all yellow strip while Northern Ireland are in their traditional green and white.
    • 0'
      Anghel Iordanescu is forced into five changes from victory over the Faroe Islands. Lucian Sanmartean, Razvan Rat, Costel Pantilimon, Ciprian Marica, and CristianTanase are all on the injury list. Adrian Popa is on the bench.
    • 0'
      Romania (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Papp, Grigore, Chiriches, Sepsi; Prepelita, Pintilii; Torje, Maxim, Chipciu; Keseru. Substitutes: Lung Jr., Tamas, Moti, Andone, Bumba, Hoban, Vatajelu, Popa, Stancu, Bicfalvi, Sapunaru, Balgradean.
    • 0'
      Just two changes for Northern Ireland from their victory over Finland in March. Michael McGovern comes in between the sticks for his first competitive internationals after Roy Carroll was forced to pull out with abdominal pain. Brentford winger Stuart Dallas also makes a first competitive appearance
    • 0'
      Northern Ireland (4-4-2): McGovern; McLaughlin, Evans, McAuley, Brunt; Baird, Davis, Norwood, Dallas; Lafferty, Ward. Substitutes: Ferguson, McGinn, Grigg, Carson, Evans, McCourt, McNair, Hughes, Cathcart, Magennis, Lavery, Taylor.
    • 0'
      There’s a very good reason for that, of course. Northern Ireland, ranked 44th in the world, have won four out of their five group games – only losing in the reverse game in Romania – and could be on course to reach their first ever European Championships and first major tournament since the 1986 Wor
    • 0'
      Another vital fixture tonight then as Michael O’Neill looks to guide his side to an important three points and leapfrog Romania into first place. Hungary’s 1-0 win over Finland earlier today puts them just a point behind Northern Ireland in the group which may just add to the pressure. This is being
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live commentary of Northern Ireland against Romania in Group F of the European Championship 2016 qualifiers. My name is Tom Davis and I’ll be guiding you through the action.
    • 1'
      KICK OFF! And we're off as Northern Ireland get the game going.
    • 2'
      CHANCE! A stinging effort from Kesuru from a free-kick whistles past the post - but only just! The Romania forward has a shot from distance and it zips agonisingly wide of the post. McGovern stood rooted to his spot.
    • 5'
      Romania launch a quick counter attack after winning the ball on the halfway line but a superb tackle from Evans breaks up the play. A lively start to this game so far. With high stakes, both look eager for the win.
    • 8'
      A slip in the Northern Ireland defence allows a ball to be flicked over the top to Torje, breaking free on the right. But he takes his shot early and slices the ball high over the bar.
    • 10'
      First corner of the game falls to the hosts as Lafferty and Grigore tangle and the ball bounces out of play of the Romania defender.
    • 11'
      The corner is swung back towards the edge of the box, after taken short to Norwood. Brunt is the target but his shot is blocked and the visitors clear their lines.
    • 13'
      Papp squanders possession far too easily in the middle of the field and O'Neill's men are back on the ball. They've perhaps edged the opening 15 minutes so far and will be happy with their start.
    • 16'
      A comfortable save for Tatarusanu in goal as Lafferty takes a shot from distance. He wins the ball from Ward - who was dispossessed after a quick throw-in - but his effort is easy for the Romania keeper to save down low.
    • 18'
      Great play from Torje! The Romania winger drives through the middle of the pitch with the ball at his feet and the Northern Ireland defence can't get near him. McAuley dives in for the challenge as he makes his way into the box but he evades it and pulls the pass back for Chipciu. He should do much
    • 20'
      Another long-distance strike from Northern Ireland - this time through Davis. It was a similar move to the earlier Brunt chance from the corner but as the ball drops to the Southampton man he can't keep his shot down and he slices it high and wide.
    • 23'
      Tatarusanu takes perhaps a little too much time to clear his lines as Lafferty races after a pass back to the keeper and charges the ball down. The Romania keeper clears - but only just - and the ball is out for a throw-in on the halfway line.
    • 26'
      A break in play here now after Pintili falls down under a challenge from McLaughlin. It was a 50-50 challenge between the two on the halfway line as the Romania man took a heavy touch. The two stretch for the ball but it's Pintili who comes out worse.
    • 28'
      It's Pintili who receives a caution from the referee as he leaves the pitch temporarily for some treatment. Free-kick to Northern Ireland.
    • 29'
      M. Pintilii receives a yellow card.
    • 31'
      CHANCE! That's the best worked move of the game but Romania can't quite profit from it. Keseru holds up the ball on the edge of the box and plays a reverse pass into Chipciu. He latches onto the ball but scuffs an effort straight into the hands of the keeper.
    • 33'
      Romania are pressing high in this game and force an error from McLaughlin whose pass down the line rolls out of play around the halfway line. Northern Ireland have been pegged back a little in the past ten minutes.
    • 36'
      Some fine quick passing play from Romania is broken down as Evans cuts across his box to sweep the ball away from Torje and out for a corner.
    • 37'
      CHANCE! A first corner is cleared by Northern Ireland but the second comes close as McGovern scrambles to punch away from his near post. It's swung in towards goal and looks as if it might creep in and take the keeper by surprise but he does well to punch the ball off the line and clatter into the p
    • 39'
      CHANCE! Lafferty comes close at the other end - but he's not happy! Romania play a ball long from defence but it's too short and intercepted by Davis. He heads to Lafferty who turns and takes a shot but, with the keeper at full length, it drops just wide. He's seeking a corner but the officials awar
    • 41'
      A heavy touch from Papp high into the Northern Ireland half after a cross-field pass is intercepted by Brunt. He storms forward and eventually wins a throw-in near the corner flag.
    • 42'
      Romania force the ball out for a corner.
    • 43'
      CHANCE! Fantastic save from Tatarusanu who gets his finger tips to the ball to claw a header from Evans over the bar! Vital save right before half time from the second-choice keeper.
    • 45'
      One minute of added time has been given as Northern Ireland end the game on top. A full-capacity Windsor Park is rocking in Belfast with the hosts encouraged by their sides' first half.
    • 46'
      SECOND HALF! And we're back underway in Belfast!
    • 47'
      L. Sepsi receives a yellow card.
    • 47'
      That's a rash challenge from Sepsi. Lafferty chases the ball into the corner and picks it off a Romania defender, but Sepsi comes flying in a gives away a free-kick near the corner flag. He also picks up a yellow card.
    • 48'
      Oh, what a chance! Chipciu picks up a loose pass from Baird and he runs through on goal. But he gets his feet tangled up as he looks to make a shot edging near to the penalty area and McLaughlin is able to sweep in and steal possession.
    • 49'
      A yellow card for Brunt after fouling Torje on the halfway line.
    • 49'
      YC Chris Brunt
    • 50'
      C. Brunt is yellow-carded.
    • 52'
      Norwood swings in a corner which drops out to the edge of the box after Romania clear. A wild effort from Dallas sees the ball hit well over the bar, but it was worth the shot.
    • 55'
      Another wild shot - this time from Romania. A corner drops out to Torje and he looks to take it quickly but he can't wrap his foot around the ball and skies it high into the air to cheers from the Northern Ireland fans.
    • 56'
      Lafferty rises high to out-jump Grigore after an in-swinging cross from the left but he can't keep his header down inside the six-yard box.
    • 58'
      PENALTY!? That's the claim from Maxim who drops to the floor inside the area after McLaughlin stabs his foot at the ball. There didn't appear to be much contact in that, if any, and the referee signals for him to get back to his feet.
    • 59'
      CHANCE! Good movement from Kesuru through the lines of the Northern Ireland defence to latch onto a pass inside the area towards the left of the box. He pulls a shot back across goal but the angle is a little too tight and McGovern saves.
    • 61'
      SI B. Stancu SO A. Chipciu
    • 61'
      B. Stancu comes on for A. Chipciu.
    • 61'
      A change now for Romania as Stancu is on for Chipciu, who appears to be carrying a slight knock.
    • 61'
      SI B. Stancu SO Alexandru Chipciu
    • 64'
      CHANCE! What an error from McAuley! He mis-kicks his pass on the halfway line and Torje takes control of the ball. He runs through on goal with defenders back-peddling and his shot takes a slight touch off Evans and inches wide of the post!
    • 67'
      Northern Ireland win a free-kick in a favourable position on the edge of the box, to the right of the area. A perfect situation for Brunt, perhaps, who stands over the ball.
    • 68'
      And that's an anti-climax from Brunt who drifts a shot over the bar with no real conviction.
    • 70'
      Romania are readying another change now as Andone warms up on the sideline.
    • 72'
      SI F. Andone SO A. Chipciu
    • 72'
      C. Keserü is done for the day. F. Andone is his replacement.
    • 72'
      SI F. Andone SO C. Keserü
    • 73'
      And it is Andone who makes his way onto the pitch in place of Kesuru. The Cordoba man is making his debut.
    • 75'
      The game has slowed down a little in this half and it looks like O'Neill might be making a change to try and get the win.
    • 76'
      Norwood sees the ball drop to his feet in open space on the right and he takes an early shot on goal. But his effort is high and wide. Northern Ireland have had no real threat all night in the final third and have been restricted to a number of wild efforts.
    • 78'
      G. Torje receives a yellow card.
    • 78'
      Cory Evans and Cathcart are introduced for Northern Ireland as Johnny Evans comes off injured, alongside Ward. Evans hobbles off in some pain but there is no obvious challenge that could have caused that.
    • 78'
      YC Gabriel Torje
    • 79'
      SI C. Cathcart SO A. Chipciu
    • 79'
      SI C. Evans SO A. Chipciu
    • 79'
      C. Evans enters play, replacing J. Ward.
    • 79'
      J. Evans is done for the day. C. Cathcart is his replacement.
    • 79'
      SI C. Evans SO J. Ward
    • 80'
      SI Craig Cathcart SO J. Evans
    • 81'
      McLaughlin bombs down the right-hand side and plays in a low cross with Lafferty the target, but Grigore intercepts to put the ball out for a corner.
    • 82'
      A sumblime cross-field pass from Dallas finds Norwood on the right after the corner is cleared. He volleys his cross back into the box which is punched by the keeper and finds its way to Baird on the edge of the box, but his shot through the crowds is saved.
    • 84'
      CHANCE! That could have been it! Northern Ireland find themselves in a fantastic position to score and the chance falls to Lafferty. They couldn't have chosen a better player for the job - with his five goals in five games - but when the ball drops into the box he can't make a clean connection on th
    • 85'
      CHANCE! A fizzing shot from Norwood from distance is punched over the bar from Tatarusanu and out for a corner. Northern Ireland are piling on the pressure!
    • 90'
      SI G. Tamaş SO A. Chipciu
    • 90'
      G. Tamaş enters the game and replaces A. Maxim.
    • 90'
      FULL TIME! There goes the whistle as it ends 0-0.
    • 90'
      Maxim is off for Tamas in a final change for Romania.
    • 90'
      Three minutes of added time have been announced - which is met by cheers of encouragement from the home fans who want to tsee their side grab a late goal.
    • 90'
      SI G. Tamas SO M. Iulian

    Line Up




    Eggert Jonsson
    Mirel Radoi



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 18 16
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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