N Ireland vs Luxembourg
7:45pm Thursday 5th September
A terror goal from Kevin Malget has been sufficient to give an experimental Northern Ireland side a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg in their Windsor Park friendly.
As both sides seemed to challenges that were more significant to come on Monday malget inexplicably headed into his own net eight minutes to settle a match.
That is really a Euro 2020 qualifier from Germany, a match which loomed large in Michael O’Neill’s believing as he sprung a few surprises at a starting line-up.
Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown – last week called into the U21s squad of Ian Baraclough and just uncapped at any given level – started and looked guaranteed as O’Neill made eight changes to the side which beat Belarus in June.
Corry Evans, captain for the night , survived, Together with Josh Magennis and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart and Conor Washington did not make the squad.
Instead, Alfie McCalmont, the Bobby Burns and Ethan Galbraith took their places.
O’Neill’s side wouldn’t manage a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, however they would take the lead until the break because of Malget’s own aim.
After Luxembourg didn’t handle a corner, george Saville headed the ball back in the mixture. It span up before Malget, Even though goalkeeper Moris beat Tom Flanagan to the ball.
Together with Leandro Martins and Vincent Thill obtaining the initial shots on goal of the night luxembourg were stronger to begin the second half , but tested Peacock-Farrell.
Liam Donnelly – who has five goals for Motherwell in eight to start the year – came on in the second half to his second cap and got his first goal soon after.
Northern Ireland now host Germany in European Qualifiers Group C, live on Sky Sports Main Event on Monday at 7.45pm.
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