N Ireland vs Luxembourg
7:45pm Thursday 5th September
A terror goal from Kevin Malget has been enough to give an Northern Ireland side a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg.
Malget headed into his own net eight minutes to settle a match short on quality because both sides looked to challenges to come on Monday.
That is a Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany, a match which loomed big because he sprung a couple of surprises at a line-up that is starting.
Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown – a week called into Ian Baraclough’s U21s squad and only uncapped at any given level – started and looked confident as O’Neill made eight changes to the side which beat Belarus in June.
Corry Evans survived, Together with goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Josh Magennis, however Craig Cathcart Jonny Evans and Conor Washington did not even make the squad.
Instead, Ethan Galbraith, Alfie McCalmont and the Bobby Burns took their positions one of the replacements.
O’Neill’s side would not manage a shot on target from the opening 45 minutes, however they would take the lead as a result of Malget objective before the break.
After Luxembourg failed to deal with a corner george Saville headed the ball back into the mix. Even though Tom Flanagan is beaten by goalkeeper Moris it period up until Malget strangely headed into his own goal.
With Vincent Thill and Leandro Martins getting the first shots on goal of the night luxembourg were stronger to begin the second half time, but neither tested Peacock-Farrell.
Liam Donnelly – that has five goals for Motherwell in eight to begin the year – nearly got his first international goal shortly after and came on in the second half for his second cap.
Northern Ireland now host Germany in European Qualifiers Group C, dwell on Sky Sports Main Event on Monday at 7.45pm.
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