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Torsvollor Stadium (ATT 1,921) 12th October 2010 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Zimmermann

Faroe Isl Faroe Islands vs Northern Ireland N Ireland

Faroe Isl 1

C Holst (60)

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N Ireland 1

K Lafferty (76)

Lafferty rescues a point

Rangers striker equalises after shock Holst opener

Last Updated: 12/10/10 10:21pm

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Lafferty: Rescued draw

Lafferty: Rescued draw

Kyle Lafferty rescued a point for Northern Ireland after Faroe Islands threatened a Group C shock.

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After a goalless first period, the minnows took a shock 60th minute lead when Christian Holst slotted home.

But Lafferty equalised on 76 minutes to save the blushes of Nigel Worthington's side, who stay third in the table with the draw, two points behind leaders Italy

But the visitors were left to reflect on some wasteful finishing after enjoying the majority of possession in Toftir.

It was also a missed opportunity to keep up the momentum after holding former world champions Italy to a draw at Windsor Park on Friday.

Worthington's side carved out the first chance of the match in the fourth minute following a swift break and it carried on that way for most of the game.

Lafferty got on the end of a cross from Gareth McAuley only to send a soft header into the arms of goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen.

They kept up the pace and Lafferty peeled away from his marker in the ninth minute but Mikkelsen was equal to his effort.

Space

Lafferty was finding plenty of space and sent a shot into the goalkeeper's body in the 16th minute with Warren Feeney playing a part in the move.

Then Lafferty came close to making the breakthrough three minutes later when his pace took him clear but Mikkelsen turned his powerful effort over the bar.

The Faroe Islands were being pegged back but managed to break away following a mistake by Stephen Craigan. However, goalkeeper Maik Taylor made a good block from Frodji Benjaminsen.

It was brief respite for the home side with Jonny Evans cracking in a shot from distance that was deflected by Lafferty and went wide after 31 minutes.

They maintained the momentum and Chris Baird released Lafferty down the left, who delivered the ball into the path of Niall McGinn but he miscued his effort.

The Faroes then gave away a free-kick with Jonas Tor Naes booked after tripping Feeney as he tried to break clear. However, Baird's effort was taken cleanly by Mikkelsen.

Northern Ireland should have taken the lead in the 50th minute when Steve Davis threaded the ball through the middle to McGinn, who rounded the keeper but then shot into the side netting.

Healy was quickly into the action after replacing Feeney and Mikkelsen had to make a smart save from him in the 53rd minute.

Mikkelsen came to the Faroes' rescue five minutes later when he clawed away a towering header from Lafferty following Chris Brunt's cross from the left.

Pay

And Worthington's side were made to pay in the 60th minute when the Faroes took the lead.

Holst took advantage of some slack defensive work to steer a shot beyond Taylor and into the net.

Northern Ireland hit back in search of the equaliser and Baird headed wide three minutes later following Brunt's corner. Then Craigan was off target with a header in front of the posts.

But Northern Ireland's pressure paid off in the 76th minute when Lafferty equalised.

He linked up well with Brunt before steering his effort home via the post for his eighth goal in 28 international appearances.

It was just the lift his side needed and Lafferty was sent clear by Brunt a minute later but failed to get a decent touch.

But despite all their pressure, they had to settle for a point and that is not what manager Worthington wanted going into a three-month break.

Faroe IslandsTeam StatisticsNorthern Ireland
1Goals1
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target10
3Shots off Target8
2Blocked Shots6
1Corners7
15Fouls15
1Offsides2
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
58.4Passing Success79.1
26Tackles9
76.9Tackles Success88.9
31.7Possession68.3
35Territorial Advantage65

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  • European Championship Qualifying

    Tue 12th Oct - Group C
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    Tue 12th Oct - Group A
    Tue 12th Oct - Group E
    Tue 12th Oct - Group F
    Tue 12th Oct - Group D
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Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 4 12
2 Iceland 4 9
3 Netherlands 4 6
4 Turkey 4 4
5 Latvia 4 2
6 Kazakhstan 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel 3 9
2 Wales 4 8
3 Cyprus 4 6
4 Belgium 3 5
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 2
6 Andorra 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia 4 12
2 Spain 4 9
3 Ukraine 4 9
4 Macedonia 4 3
5 Belarus 4 1
6 Luxembourg 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland 4 10
2 Germany 4 7
3 Scotland 4 7
4 Republic of Ireland 4 7
5 Georgia 4 3
6 Gibraltar 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 4 12
2 Slovenia 4 6
3 Switzerland 4 6
4 Lithuania 4 6
5 Estonia 4 4
6 San Marino 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Romania 4 10
2 Northern Ireland 4 9
3 Hungary 4 7
4 Finland 4 4
5 Faroe Islands 4 3
6 Greece 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 4 10
2 Sweden 4 6
3 Russia 4 5
4 Montenegro 4 5
5 Liechtenstein 4 4
6 Moldova 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia 4 10
2 Italy 4 10
3 Norway 4 9
4 Bulgaria 4 4
5 Malta 4 1
6 Azerbaijan 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 4 7
2 Portugal 3 6
3 Albania 3 4
4 Serbia 3 1
5 Armenia 3 1

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