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European Championship Qualifying

Windsor Park (ATT 11,299) 29th March 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: B Kuipers

N Ireland Northern Ireland vs Slovenia Slovenia

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Last Updated at 9:41 pm, March 29th 2011

  1. FULL TIME. It is a stalemate here at Windsor Park and Group C is now bunching behind leaders Italy after a draw between Estonia and Serbia in the other Group C game. Thanks for being with us tonight and stay with us for reaction.

  2. 90 (+3)

    NI win a free-kick midway in their own half. Camp punts the ball forward and McAuley heads on in the box and McQuoid latches onto it before going down but the ref waves play on and it is the right decision as he slipped.

  3. 90 (+2)

    Brunt takes the corner but it is too high for everyone and goes out for a goal kick on the far side.

  4. 90 (+1)

    Boyce is on for C Evans.

  5. 90 (+1)

    Handanovic slips and concedes a corner on the right.

  6. 90

    Sukalo is on for Bacinovic.

  7. 90

    Brunt is booked after protesting the offside decision.

  8. 89

    McQuoid treisa to play Brunt into the left corner but he is given offside. Replays show he was level so bad luck.

  9. 88

    Kirm is now played into the left corner. He turns and crosses but Cathcart is there to head away in the box.

  10. 86

    C Evans tries to get onto a McQuoid throughball but he is given offside 25 yards out on the right. Slovenia punt the free-kick forward and Dedic is played one-on-one with Camp running in from the left. He shoots from 12 yards out but the keeper spreads himself big and makes a great save and McAuley clears.

  11. 85

    NI win a throw in 30 yards out on the left. J Evans takes before getting the ball back and he crosses into the box but it is too near Handanovic who gathers.

  12. 84

    Dedic is on for Novakovic for Slovenia.

  13. 84

    Kirm wins a free-kick off C Evans 40 yards out on the left.

  14. 83

    McCourt wins a corner on the right. NI takes but Suler clears in the box.

  15. 82

    McCourt is on for Feeney who has run himself ragged.

  16. 81

    J Evans crosses from 35 yards out on the left to his brother C Evans on the right. He plays a great ball from six yards across the face of goal but Brunt can not get a touch on it in the centre as he dives in and Slovenia clear. Best NI move of the game!

  17. 81

    Kirm's shot from 22 yards on the left is charged down by Baird and NI clear.

  18. 80

    Slovenia pressure the NI box but Cathcart intercepts Suler's pass on the left and clears.

  19. 78

    Lull - the teams are cancelling each other out in the middle at present.

  20. 76

    Slovenia come again and Novakovic tries an effort from 22 yards in front of goal but his effort is well over.

  21. 75

    Ljubijankic crosses from 20 yards out on the right but Camp gathers in the box.

  22. 74

    Feeney puts Suler under pressure and wins a throw in five yards out on the right. NI take and cross towards McQuoid who heads just wide of Handanovic's left post from 12 yards although the keeper had it covered.

  23. 73

    Ljubijankic runs onto a throughball on the left but his touch is heavy and it goes out for a goal kick. J Evans is back on.

  24. 72

    J Evans is off the pitch getting treatment and play continues.

  25. 71

    McQuoid is on for McCann. J Evans is down injured and getting treatment on the pitch.

  26. 70

    C Evans wins the ball and crosses from 25 yards out on the right towards Brunt at the far post but Brecko shepherds it out for a goal kick.

  27. 69

    Koren catches Feeney for a NI free-kick midway in their own half on the right. Camp punts the ball forward but Suler clears on the edge of his box.

  28. 68

    Kirm crosses from eight yards out on the left but Craigan heads away at his near post.

  29. 66

    McCann takes the free-kick and it finds McAuley unmarked four yards out at the far post. He heads across goal and it is going in but Mavric is there to clear off his line. Unlucky.

  30. 66

    Feeney wins a free-kick off Jokic 16 yards out on the right.

  31. 65

    Kirm takes the corner and the ball falls to Birsa 20 yards out on the right. He tries an effort which goes just wide of Camp's right post. It is all Slovenia at present.

  32. 64

    Mavric wins a free-kick just inside his half off Feeney. Mavric takes it short before Breko wins a corner on the right after tryign to play Novakovic in.

  33. 63

    Slovenia win a throw in 25 yard sout on the left. They take but Clingan clears.

  34. 61

    Kirm takes the corner and Koren wins another corner on the left. Kirm takes again and this time McAuley puts it out for another corner. Kirm takes the third corner and Slovenia press the NI box but the hosts stand firm before Jokic's long pass goes through to Camp who gathers.

  35. 60

    Slovenia come again and Koren almost plays Birsa into the box but McAuley is there again to put out the ball for a corner on the left.

  36. 59

    Kirm puts the corner into the box but Craigan heads out at the far post for a corner on the left. Slovenia take but NI clear their box.

  37. 58

    McAuley concedes a corner on the right after a good run from Birsa into the right side of the box.

  38. 57

    Brunt knocks the ball down to Baird 22 yards out in front of goal but he shoots over under pressure from Koren.

  39. 56

    Brecko plays a one-two with Bacinovic before running into the box but his touch lets him down and the ball runs through to Camp to clear.

  40. 54

    Kirm takes the corner and Suler gets half a yard on McAuley at the near post and he heads goalwards from eight yards but it is into the side netting.

  41. 53

    Birsa feeds the ball to Brecko down the right flank who crosses into the box from ten yards and McAuley has to put it out for a corner on the right.

  42. 52

    C Evans is booked for a foul on Kirm - who goes down easily - midway in the NI half.

  43. 51

    Feeney does well to dis-possess Suler on the halfway line before Cathcart punts the ball into the right corner. Feeney chases the ball before Jokic clears.

  44. 50

    Slovenia keep good possession before Brecko's long ball forward is over hit and goes out for a NI throw in near their own right byline.

  45. 48

    Slovenia break forward and Suler crosses from six yards out on the left wards Kirm eight yards out in the centre but he blasts over when unmarked. Good opportunity wasted.

  46. 47

    J Evans wins a free-kick 40 yards out on the left. He hits it towards McAuley on the edge of the box but Jokic heads away.

  47. 46

    Ni win a throw in 22 yards out on the left. J Evans puts the ball into the box, Brunt flicks but Handanovic gathers.

  48. 46

    NI re-start the game. Feeney is now sporting a big bandage on his cut head - he has had four stitches at half time. No chages for either side at the break.

  49. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 11/5 for a NI win, 13/8 the draw and 6/4 for a Slovenia victory. It is tight here but I'm sticking to my 1-0 NI win with Brunt to score the winner! What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best when I come back with my brew!

  50. HALF TIME. The teams go in all square after a first half in which Slovenia have been the better side but NI are still well in this. Stay with us for the second period.

  51. 45 (+1)

    Ljubijankic feeds the ball to Koren to the right of the box who drills it across the face of goal but Camp dives down low to gather.

  52. One minute of added time is announced.

  53. 45

    Kirm tries to get onto a long ball but is given offside on the edge of the NI box.

  54. 44

    Slovenia take the free-kick but it goes out for a throw in to NI near the halfway line on the right. Cathcart takes and NI win a free-kick midway in their own half on the right. C Evans takes but Jokic clears nears his own box.

  55. 43

    Baird is now booked for a late challenge on Koran as he tries to win the ball on the edge of the Slovenia box.

  56. 42

    Clingan takes the free-kick. It is an up and over the wall and is just inches wide and over the bar. Unlucky!

  57. 41

    NI take the free-kick and Feeney wins a free-kick off Suler 25 yards out, just to the left of goal.

  58. 40

    J Evans is checked by Brecko as he tries to run down the left flank but the ref gives it as a Slovenia throw in near the halfway line. They take and win another throw in 25 yards out. They take but Ljubijankic fouls Baird in the box.

  59. 39

    J Evans drills the free-kick forward but Cathcart can not get on it in the right corner and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

  60. 38

    Bacinovic is yellow carded for a late challenge on Brunt just inside the Slovenia half.

  61. 37

    Slovenia take the free-kick and try to release Brecko down the right flank but he fouls McCann for a free-kick to NI near their own box.

  62. 36

    Feeney and Koren go for a high ball near the halfway line and the ref penalises the NI player. He has got a head cut and has to go off the pitch and get it attended to.

  63. 35

    Clingan takes the free-kick from 25 yards out on the left but it is too close to Handanovic who gathers.

  64. 34

    Brunt wins a free-kick just inside the NI half. NI take short and McCann runs down the left flank before being brought down by Koran who is booked.

  65. 33

    C Evans flicks the ball on for Feeney 25 yards out on the right but Jokic wins the ball and clears.

  66. 32

    Ljubijankic is penalised as he attempts to press down the left flank and it is a NI free-kick midway in their own half.

  67. 31

    Brecko tries to run into the right side of the box but McCann tackles and the ball touches Brecko before it goes out for a goal kick.

  68. 30

    Feeney wins a free-kick off Mavric 35 yards out in front of goal. McCann punts the ball in for McAuley but he heads wide on the left from six yards after making a late run into the box.

  69. 29

    Ilicic can not continue with his hamstring injury and Ljubijankic is on.

  70. 28

    Slovenia come again and Bacinovic crosses from the right into the box but Clingan heads away.

  71. 27

    Bacinovic wins a free-kick 40 yards out on the right. They take short again and keep possession again before Bacinovic gives the ball away on the edge of the NI ball.

  72. 26

    Slovenia take the free-kick short and keep possession before playing the ball back to their keeper.

  73. 25

    Birsa wins a free-kick off McCann 35 yards out on the right.

  74. 24

    Birsa takes the free-kick but it hits the wall. The ball falls to Bacinovic who crosses from the left into the box, Ilicic heads on but the ball goes out for a goal kick at the far post.

  75. 23

    Bacinovic wins a free-kick off Baird 25 yards out on the right.

  76. 22

    Brunt crosses from the right to Feeney in the box who flicks on but Handanovic is there to gather.

  77. 21

    Slovenia take the corner on the right and McAuley heads it out for a corner on the left. Birsa takes but Suler puts it out for a goal kick at the near post.

  78. 20

    Bacinovic wins the ball off Craigan before Ilicic tries an effort from 22 yards out on the right which Camp has to tip over.

  79. 19

    Camp punts a clearance forward towards Feeney on the edge of the box who tries to flick on but is adjudged to have fouled and it is a Slovenia free-kick.

  80. 18

    Feeney wins a free-kick just inside the Slovenia half. Craigan punts the ball into the box but it is over hit and goes out harmlessly for a goal kick.

  81. 17

    Lull - the game is scrappy in the middle at present.

  82. 15

    Brunt takes the free-kick but it is poor and Mavric clears in the box.

  83. 14

    C Evans wins a free-kick off Jokic 22 yards out on the right.

  84. 13

    Ilicic is down injured and needs treatment on the pitch after pulling a hamstring. He has run off the pitch and is now okay to continue and play resumes.

  85. 13

    NI take the corner but Suler clears at his near post.

  86. 12

    NI press and Feeney tries to get around Bacinovic before McCann wins a corner on the left.

  87. 11

    Brecko crosses from 25 yards out on the right but Camp catches in the box at the second attempt.

  88. 10

    Novakovic tries to latch onto a throughball on the right but is given offside 25 yards out.

  89. 9

    NI take the corner and win another on the right. Brunt takes but again it is too deep and McAuley puts it out for a goal kick on the far side.

  90. 8

    C Evans crosses from 20 yards out on the right and McCann wins a corner on the left at the far post.

  91. 7

    Birsa takes the corner and the ball falls to Ilicic 15 yards out on the right. He tries another effort but it is blocked and the ball falls to Suler on the edge of the box who volleys at goal but it is straight at Camp who catches on his line.

  92. 6

    Ilicic tries a long range effort which bobbles in front of Camp who pushes it out for a corner on the left.

  93. 5

    Brunt puts the ball into the box but it is too high for McAuley at the far post and Suler eventually clears for Slovenia.

  94. 4

    NI win a corner on the right.

  95. 3

    Birsa wins a throw in 12 yards out on the right. Slovenia take short towards Ilicic who tries an effort from 25 yards out from a tight angle but Camp collects at his near post.

  96. 2

    NI win a throw in 35 yards out on the left. They take, McCann flicks on towards Feeney in the box but Brecko clears.

  97. 1

    Baird wins a free-kick 40 yards out in front of goal. Cathcart punts the ball forward but Suler clears on the edge of his box.

  98. 1

    Slovenia get the game underway.

  99. Referee - Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

  100. Teams - Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Brecko, Mavric, Suler, Jokic, Birsa, Bacinovic, Koren, Kirm, Ilicic, Novakovic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Andjelkovic, Ilic, Ljubijankic, Dedic, Radosavljevic, Sukalo.

  101. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 2/1 for a Northern Ireland win, 11/5 for a draw and 7/5 for a Slovenia victory. I'm going to go for a narrow 1-0 NI win with Brunt to score the winner which pays a handsome 40/1! What are your views / predictions tonight? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

  102. Teams - Northern Ireland: Camp, Cathcart, McAuley, Craigan, J Evans, C Evans, Baird, Clingan, McCann, Brunt, Feeney. subs: Tuffey, Thompson, Hodson, McCourt, Boyce, Gorman, McQuoid.

  103. Teams - Worthington has restored Grant McCann, Warren Feeney and Stephen Craigan to the Northern Ireland side. Changes are needed after injury ruled out Kyle Lafferty and captain Aaron Hughes, while 18-year-old Johnny Gorman was left on the bench after making his first competitive start in the 2-1 defeat in Serbia. Gareth McAuley leads the side in Hughes' absence, while Millwall striker Josh McQuoid is among the substitutes after being called up on Sunday.

  104. Welcome to Windsor Park where Northern Ireland host Slovenia in a crucial Euro 2012 Group C qualifier. Can Nigel Worthington's team bounce back from Friday's defeat against Serbia or will Slovenia post a vital win to boost their qualification hopes? Send your views / predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

Matches

  • European Championship Qualifying

    Tue 29th Mar - Group I
    • Czech Rep
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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    • Lithuania
      1 - 3
      Spain
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    Tue 29th Mar - Group E
    Tue 29th Mar - Group F
    Tue 29th Mar - Group A
    Tue 29th Mar - Group D
    • Romania
      3 - 1
      Luxembourg
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    Tue 29th Mar - Group C

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