Norwood the hero for NI
Dramatic free-kick earns a share of the spoils
Last Updated: 13/11/09 10:37pm
Norwood: Late drama
A last-gasp Oliver Norwood free-kick earned Northern Ireland Under 21s a 1-1 draw with Germany at The Oval in their European Championship qualifier.
Northern Ireland have not enjoyed the best of campaigns, but Manchester United midfielder Norwood struck in injury time to earn a point.
Germany, who defeated England in the final of the 2009 European Championship, seemed set to record a win after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting struck in the 89th minute.
Norwood, though, curled a brilliant equaliser from the edge of the box to ensure Northern Ireland did not suffer a fourth successive defeat in their qualifying campaign.
A minute's silence was held before kick-off as a mark of respect to Robert Enke, following the death of the Hannover goalkeeper this week. A group of German fans held up a placard which read: "Robert R.I.P."
The match was then played in an open fashion, with Craig Cathcart and Corry Evans wasting chances for the home side.
Germany also had opportunities and Thomas Muller got into good positions but saw one effort deflected to safety by Ryan McGivern and another blocked by Lee Hodson.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Fri 13th Nov - Group Ten
Albania U212 - 2Austria U21
Fri 13th Nov - Group Eight
Slovenia U211 - 0Malta U21
Belgium U210 - 2Ukraine U21
Fri 13th Nov - Group Three
Hungary U212 - 0Italy U21
Fri 13th Nov - Group Nine
Lithuania U211 - 0Macedonia U21
Fri 13th Nov - Group Four
Spain U211 - 0Finland U21
Holland U213 - 0Liec'stein U21
Fri 13th Nov - Group Five
San Marino U210 - 6Iceland U21
N Ireland U211 - 1Germany U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
|6||San Marino U21||9||4|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
|4||Rep of Ireland U21||7||8|
|5||Faroe Islands U21||7||1|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
|5||N Ireland U21||7||3|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen