Northern Ireland 3 v Greece 1
Northern Ireland qualified for the Euro 2016 finals last night at Windsor Park by beating Greece 3-1 on a sensational nights football. Captain Steven Davis scoring 2 one in each half and Josh Magennis notching the other to send us through to a major tournament for the first time in 30 years!!!
It was an incredible night for 25 year old Josh Magennis who scored his first international goal for 25-year-old Magennis, who played for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper at Under-17 level. When his club Cardiff City told the teenager from Bangor, County Down, he would not make it as a keeper, he was offered the chance to become a striker.
The suspension of Kyle Lafferty, who had scored seven goals in this qualifying campaign, handed Magennis his chance to shine on the international stage and he celebrated his goal at Windsor Park by running into the arms of manager Michael O’Neill on the touchline.
Davis brace sets up win
Captain Steven Davis scored in fantastic goals, one in each half , his first in 13 Northern Ireland games and they were worth the wait! The first was 10 minutes before half-time. He later made it 3-0 with a neat header to put the icing on the cake of a great performance.
If Northern Ireland grab a point against Finland they will top the group
If Northern Ireland get a point in Finland on Sunday in their final qualifier they will top Group F since Romania were only able to draw 1-1 in their game at home to Finland.
Republic of Ireland beat Germany to take a step closer to qualification
The Republic of Ireland also enjoyed a great performance winning 1-0 against world champions Germany. Shane Long scored the winner in the 70th minute with a scorcher of a goal from a long kick from keeper Darren Randolph.
Germany huffed and puffed for the rest of the game dominating possession but couldn’t find a way through a stout Irish defence despite the best efforts of Jerome Boateng, Ilkay Gundogan, Andre Schurrle and Thomas Muller all going close.
Martin O’Neils men now play In Warsaw on Sunday needing a win to guarantee qualification but with a play off place already in the bag.
How it works…
- A 0-0 draw in Warsaw means Poland go through
- A 1-1 draw in Warsaw means Poland would go through as they have the better goal difference of the two sides.
- A draw of 2-2 or higher would send the Republic of Ireland through as they will have scored more away goals in meetings between the two sides.