Tuesday March 29, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Windsor Park

Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Slovenia

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - NI miss chance to go second

    Euro 2012 qual. - NI miss chance to go second

    Northern Ireland missed the chance to make up ground in Euro 2012 Qualifying Group C with a 0-0 draw at home to Slovenia at Windsor Park. More

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    Time:90'
    • Northern Ireland
    • Slovenia
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle blows and the game finishes Northern Ireland 0-0 Slovenia. It's not the result either side wanted, but with the draw in Estonia they both stay alive in Group C.
    • 90+2 Koren throws himself to ground to try and win a free-kick. 'Cheat, cheat, cheat,' chant the Northern Ireland fans. And they've got a point.
    • 90+1' Corry Evans makes way for Boyce.
    • 90' Bacinovic is replaced by Sukalo.
    • 89' McCourt looks comfortable on the ball. He advances into the Slovenia half and tries to release Brunt...but he's offside.
    • 88' Kirm chases down a ball into the Northern Ireland box, but he's closed down straight away and gives the ball away.
    • 87' Dedic is clean through on goal...Camp comes to close him down and makes a fine block to deny the substitute a telling first contribution.
    • 86' Corry Evans makes another fine run in from the right, but this time he's offside.
    • 85' Serbia 1-1 Estonia is a final score - good news for both teams on show here.
    • 83' Slovenia bring on Dedic for Novakovic.
    • 82' McCourt enters the fray for Northern Ireland. Feeney is the man who makes way.
    • 81' Jonny Evans picks out his brother Corry on the right, and his first-time cross is met by Brunt...whose sliding effort is just wide. What a chance.
    • 80' Koren tries again, this time from further out. But once more his shot is blocked.
    • 79' Koren finds space and looks to place a curler from 20 yards, but his effort is blocked.
    • 78' Slovenia continue to dominate, but they can't quite find a way through.
    • 76' Nothern Ireland fail to clear and Bacinovic blasts a wild shot over the bar.
    • 75' Jonny Evans looks to have recovered and is back on the field.
    • 74' McQuiod's first touch is a header wide of target.
    • 73' Ljubijankic is heavy with his touch, after finding space inside the Northern Ireland box. He concedes the goal kick.
    • 72' Feeney still working hard up front, but he's getting little change out of the Slovenia back four.
    • 71' Northern Ireland make a change. McCann is replaced by McQuiod. Meanwhile, Jonny Evans appears to be struggling.
    • 70' Corry Evans plays a superb first-time ball towards Brunt at the far post, but he can't make contact with his sliding effort to get there.
    • 69' McAuley hoofs the ball upfield, but McCann is beaten in the air. Scrappy from both sides in the last few minutes.
    • 68' Still no sign of a change from Nigel Worthington.
    • 67' So close for Northern Ireland. It would have been completely against the run of play, but all the while it stays at 0-0 the home side are still in with a shout of snatching this one.
    • 66' McCann's ball to the far post is met by McAuley...whose header is cleared off the line by Mavric.
    • 65' Free-kick to Northern Ireland, in line with the Slovenia penalty area on Ireland's right.
    • 64' Another corner for Slovenia. Koren's ball is cleared as far as Birsa...who's not far away with a superb effort from 30 yards.
    • 63' Jonny Evans and Birsa exchange some fiery words and bump chests, after the Slovenian appeals for a free-kick.
    • 62' Craigan appears to be struggling, and could be forced to leave the field.
    • 61' Suler once again wins the ball at the near post. Northern Ireland manage to clear the resulting corner, but Slovenia come straight back at them.
    • 60' Birsa almost sends Novakovic clean on goal, but once again McAuley is on hand to make a last-ditch block.
    • 59' Corner for Slovenia, but it's easily cleared at the near post.
    • 58' Birsa sends over a teasing cross and once again McAuley is the man to clear the danger for Northern Ireland.
    • 57' Better from Northern Ireland, who appear to be going with a more direct approach in the second half.
    • 56' Baird charges onto the loose ball and tries one from 30 yards. High and wide.
    • 55' Brecko has impressed for Slovenia tonight. He's quick and direct, and causing the Irish some real problems.
    • 54' Suler makes a run to the near post, and his glanced header is just wide.
    • 53' Good play from Brecko on the Slovenia right. McAuley gets back to block his cross and concede the corner.
    • 52' Corry Evans is booked for a foul on Kirm. Full-blooded challange that!
    • 51' Northern Ireland certainly look fired for this second half.
    • 50' Feeney has appeared for the second half with a Terry Butcher style bandage on his head.
    • 49' It was a Suler with the cross there, and Novakovic should surely have put the visitors ahead. Northern Ireland survive.
    • 47' What a chance for Slovenia! Novakovic meets a low cross six yards out, and with the goal at his mercy...but he slices his finish wide.
    • 46' And away we go with the second half at Windsor Park!
    • 45+1' And there's the halftime whistle. It's Northern Ireland 0-0 Slovenia, and you have to say the home side are fortunate to go into the break level. Slovenia have dominated for long periods.
    • 45' Baird tries to dissect the Slovenia defence, but his ball to Feeney is intercepted.
    • 44' Scrappy end to the first half, with neither side able to put a passing move together.
    • 43' Baird is booked for a high tackle on Koren.
    • 42' It's Clingan who goes for the curler...and it's a matter of inches wide. The keeper didn't move.
    • 41' Feeney caught by Suler 25 yards out and fairly central. Great position for Northern Ireland to test the Slovenia goalkeeper.
    • 40' Substitute Ljubijankic is penalised inside the Irish box for backing in.
    • 39' Jonny Evans is shoved to the ground by Becko, but the referee doesn't seem too interested.
    • 38' Northern Ireland will just want to get to halftime here. They need to re-group.
    • 37' Brunt is caught late by Bacinovic, and the Slovenian becomes the second man in the book this evening.
    • 36' Feeney's head wound is now leaking blood. The referee orders him to leave the field for treatment.
    • 35' Corry Evans wins the ball, but his pass is poor and Slovenia have a throw-in.
    • 34' Koren chops down McCann on the left, and this time the referee takes notice. Northern Ireland have a free-kick, Koren a booking.
    • 33' Feeney looks to be barged to the ground on the right, but the referee waves away the appeals.
    • 32' Northern Ireland just can't string a pass together right now. It's all Slovenia.
    • 31' Brecko tries to get in behind McCann, but Northern Ireland's No. 11 produces a fine sliding tackle.
    • 30' The Slovenians have had 78% of the possession so far.
    • 29' Ilicic limps off, to be replaced by Ljubijankic.
    • 28' Koren is seeing a lot of the ball in midfield, as Slovenia continue to toy with the home side.
    • 27' Ilicic is struggling with the injury he pulled up with earlier. Slovenia are readying a substitute.
    • 26' Slovenia are starting to stroke the ball around now. Northern Ireland need to take a hold here. Meanwhile, Serbia have gone 1-0 up in Estonia, in the other game in Group C tonight.
    • 25' Birsa nutmegs McCann and wins a free-kick as the Northern Ireland man brings him down.
    • 24' Slovenia are definitely having the better of this now.
    • 23' The wall does its job, but the ball back in sees Novakovic steer a free header wide from 10 yards.
    • 22' Bacinovic once again with some trickery, and Baird is lured into the foul 25 yards out...dangerous for Northern Ireland.
    • 21' The homes fans are in good voice at Windsor Park.
    • 20' Suler meets the corner at the near post, but he stabs his effort wide of the upright.
    • 19' Bacinovic shows some lovely footwork to set up a shooting opportunity for Ilicic...whose dipping effort from 25 yards brings a fine fingertips save from Camp.
    • 18' Nothing between the two sides so far - with both yet to create a genuine opening.
    • 17' Feeney is scrapping away out there, and he wins his team another free-kick.
    • 16' Mavric smashes a ball forward for Novakovic to chase, but it's too heavy and Camp collects.
    • 15' Brunt's delivery is once again poor. This time it's too low, and easily cleared.
    • 14' Free-kick to Nothern Ireland high on their right. West Brom's Brunt to curl it in...
    • 13' Whistles from the crowd as the referee stops a promising Irish move. Ilicic looks to have tweaked something.
    • 12' Good work from Feeney, who gets on the wrong side of Mavric and almost goes down under his challenge. The Irish have a corner.
    • 11' Slovenia put together a nice spell of possession. The visitors are starting to settle now. Brecko sends over a good cross, and Camp comes to claim it.
    • 10' Novakovic is caught by the Northern Ireland offside trap. First flag of the evening.
    • 9' Brunt baloons another poor corner over everybody in the box. Almost as if the ball is acting up.
    • 8' Corry Evans sends over a good cross and the Slovenian goalkeeper nervously concedes a corner under pressure.
    • 7' Feeney has taken an early knock to the head, and is now smothered in vaseline.
    • 6' Ilicic tries one from distance, and Camp sloppily concedes a corner. Ilicic gets another chance for a shot...it's blocked. The ball comes out to Suler, and his effort draws a save.
    • 5' First corner of the match, and it goes to Northern Ireland. Brunt clears everybody in the box, and McAuley can't get a cross in when he reaches it on the opposite flank.
    • 4' Ilicic with some neat work on the right for Slovenia, but Camp is on hand to gather his cross.
    • 3' McCann flicks on another Jonny Evans throw, level with the penalty area. Slovenia clear.
    • 2' Manchester United's Jonny Evans takes a long throw on the left. Slovenia clear, but it's coming straight back at them.
    • 1' And we're away at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland in their famous green and white, Slovenia in white shirts and green shorts.
    • 19:39 Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Brecko, Mavric, Suler, Jokic, Birsa, Bacinovic, Koren, Kirm, Ilicic, Novakovic // Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Andjelkovic, Ilic, Ljubijankic, Dedic, Radosavljevic, Sukalo
    • 19:34 Northern Ireland: Lee Camp, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley, Stephen Craigan, Jonny Evans, Corry Evans, Chris Baird, Sammy Clingan, Grant McCann, Chris Brunt, Warren Feeney // Subs: Tuffey, Thompson, Hodson, McCourt, Boyce, Gorman, McQuoid
    • 19:14 WIth Italy already six points clear at the top of Group C, the chasing pack will be eyeing the runners-up spot. Aside from the Faroe Islands, it's there for the taking. Can Northern Ireland make a statement of intent tonight?
    • 18:50 Northern Ireland are currently fifth in the six-team group, but a victory tonight could potentially lift them to second - the position currently occupied by Slovenia. The Irish won 1-0 in Slovenia back in September 2010, so there's reason for optimism.
    • 18:44 Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Northern Ireland v Slovenia, in Group C of Euro 2012 qualifying.
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  • Northern Ireland

    Manager: Nigel Worthington

  • Slovenia

    Manager: Matjaz Kek

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