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European Championship Qualifying

Windsor Park (ATT 12,768) 7th October 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Grafe

N Ireland Northern Ireland vs Estonia Estonia

N Ireland 1

S Davis (22)


Estonia 2

K Vassiljev (pen 77, 84)

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Last Updated at 10:22 pm, October 7th 2011

  1. FULL TIME: Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 went down in flames after a controversial home defeat to Estonia. Konstantin Vassiljev's goal six minutes from time should have been disallowed for offside in the build-up, according to Northern Ireland's players. However, replays after the game showed that Steven Davis had in fact got a touch on the ball during the build-up and referee Manuel Grafe had made the correct decision. The hosts had taken the lead through Davis' first-half effort, but the visitors levelled through Vassiljev's penalty.

  2. 90+3

    The win will keep Estonia in the picture although it looks all over for Northern Ireland even though it will be in controversial circumstances.

  3. 90+1

    YELLOW CARD: Gareth McAuley is booked for that late tackle on Piiroja.

  4. 90

    There will be four added minutes of stoppage time as Raio Piiroja goes down.

  5. 88

    Sergei Zenjov's shot is parried away by Lee Camp and this is pure desperation by the Northern Ireland defenders.

  6. 87

    That has surely knocked the stuffing out of Northern Ireland with a few minutes remaining.

  7. 85

    Massive controversy at Windsor Park as Martin Vunk is offside by a couple of yards as the ball is played forward and the flag goes up but there is no whistle by referee Manuel Grafe and Vassiljev's specualtive long-range effort finds the back of the net. Absolutely bizarre!

  8. 84

    GOAL: Northern Ireland 1 Estonia 2 (Konstantin Vassiljev 84).

  9. 82

    SUBSTITUTION: David Healy replaces Grant McCann as Nigel Worthington plays his final card.

  10. 81

    Raio Piiroja drills the ball across goal as David Healy prepares to come on.

  11. 80

    Cathcart is everywhere at the moment as his volley is saved by Sergei Pareiko.

  12. 79

    YELLOW CARD: Craig Cathcart has to make a big tackle to deny Estonia's Sergei Zenjov an opportunity. Cathcart was booked after giving away the penalty.

  13. 77

    PENALTY GOAL: Northern Ireland 1 Estonia 1 (Konstantin Vassiljev Pen 77) Vassiljev has come on and made a huge impression for Estonia and he converts from 12 yards to restore parity at Windsor Park.

  14. 76

    PENALTY GIVEN: Craig Cathcart brings down Konstantin Vassiljev for a blatant spot kick.

  15. 75

    YELLOW CARD: Goalkeeper Lee Camp is booked for timewasting.

  16. 74

    Sergei Zenjov's shoots from just inside the box after some poor defending by Craig Cathcart but Lee Camp makes a fine stop.

  17. 72

    Estonia are dominating possession now and Northern Ireland seem happy to sit back.

  18. 71

    So close again for Estonia as the corner comes in and Raio Piiroja toe pokes the back towards goal, but it's inches wide.

  19. 70

    Just before the substitution, Konstantin Vassiljev came close with a long-range strike. Now Martin Vunk hits one which deflects wide for a corner.

  20. 69

    SUBSTITUTION: So Warren Feeney replaces Kyle Lafferty for the hosts then. He's on for his 55th cap tonight.

  21. 68

    Estonia have the ball now as Corry Evans hacks it clear but nobody is there to chase it down.

  22. 67

    Vassiljev is the man who makes Estonia tick and they need him more than ever now as Nigel Worthington looks to Warren Feeney on the bench to get warmed up.

  23. 65

    SUBSTITUTION: Estonia make their final change as it's the one we've all been expecting as Konstantin Vassiljev replaces Tarmo Kink.

  24. 64

    Ragnar Klavan looks for the dangerous Kink in the box but the hosts clear the ball once again but the ball seems to be coming back now as Nigel Worthington sends some orders to players on the pitch.

  25. 63

    The ball is drilled in a long way but Raio Piiroja cannot make a decent contact with his head, despite getting away from Kyle Lafferty.

  26. 62

    Corry Evans is penalised by referee Manuel Grafe was a late tackle in the middle of the park.

  27. 61

    Estonia win a corner which Dmitri Kruglov takes and the ball falls to Kink on the far side which he attempts to lift back into the box but the ball lands on the roof of the net.

  28. 59

    Kyle Lafferty is penalised for the use of an elbow yet again although there seemed very little in that as he attempted to win the ball in the air.

  29. 58

    SUBSTITUTION: Another change for Estonia as Ats Purje replaces Sander Puri.

  30. 57

    Estonia have had plenty of possession in this second half and have taken control.

  31. 56

    Northern Ireland beat Estonia in a friendly the last time they met here at Windsor Park and that was 1-0. Maybe an omen perhaps!

  32. 55

    Raio Piiroja's ball is intercepted by the alert Chris Baird and now Corry Evans wins a free-kick on halfway.

  33. 54

    YELLOW CARD: Kyle Lafferty jumps for the ball with Raio Piiroja and the striker is booked for a stray arm into the defender's face. He will now miss the next qualifer in Italy. What a massive blow!

  34. 52

    What a chance for Estonia and what a miss! Tarmo Kink puts Sergei Zenjov through on goal but the striker pulls his shot hopelessly wide of goal. He completely pulls his shot and that was simply awful!

  35. 50

    Martin Vunk has a go from the edge of the box, which has Lee Camp flying across his goal to make the stop.

  36. 49

    YELLOW CARD: Sergei Zenjov, who has just come on has now been booked for a late tackle and will miss the play-off first-leg if Estonia make it.

  37. 48

    Estonia may need Konstantin Vassiljev, who is on the bench a bit later. He's suffering from an injury.

  38. 47

    Sergei Zenjov is a lively player. He scored in the defeat at home to Italy in this group, so one to watch out for.

  39. 46

    SUBSTITUTION: A change for Estonia at the start of the second half as Sergei Zenjov replaces Ahjupera.

  40. 2036

    Don't forget, if you'd like to air your views, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish as many as I can. I'll also keep you updated with any goals in the game between Serbia and Italy in Belgrade - crucial to Northern Ireland's hopes of making the play-offs of course.

  41. HALF TIME: It's good news for Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington so far because they lead at Windsor Park thanks to Captain Steven Davis, who buried Kyle Lafferty's cross from close range. They will, however, need Italy to do them a huge favour and defeat Serbia in Belgrade and it's 1-1 in that game at the moment.

  42. 45+1

    Raio Piiroja wins his header but the ball drifts out for a goal kick and that should just about be that.

  43. 45

    Martin Vunk looks for Sander Puri with a long diagonal ball but he just overhits his pass. There will be two added minutes at the end of the first half.

  44. 44

    Aleksandr Dmitrijev handles the ball and it's a free-kick to the hosts on halfway.

  45. 43

    Now McCourt gives the ball away and Estonia keep a bit of possession.

  46. 42

    Keeper Pareiko is upset after Corry Evans challenges him fairly enough, but he runs out of his goal to have words with referee Manuel Grafe.

  47. 40

    Kyle Lafferty is given offside as he controls the ball and lifts his shot over the crossbar.

  48. 39

    Kink gives the ball away to Gareth McAuley and the defender runs 60 yards before seeing his effort blocked, but what a wonderful run that was. Northern Ireland have got a firm foot hold on this game now but will probably need another goal in this game because we all know how much Estonia like to shoot on sight.

  49. 37

    The news from Serbia isn't good for both these teams because they've equalised against Italy in Belgrade.

  50. 36

    Chris Brunt gets a chance to show his fine left-foot but he fails to make a decent contact allowing Pareiko to collect the loose ball.

  51. 34

    Huge cheers as Sergei Pareiko's goal kick goes straight out of play.

  52. 33

    Clingan was suffering from back spasms as Grant McCann collects the ball and spreads it wide.

  53. 32

    SUBSTITUTION: So Corry Evans replaces Sammy Clingan then.

  54. 31

    Corry Evans is preparing to come on for Clingan whose game looks to be over.

  55. 30

    More work for the Northern Ireland medical staff as Sammy Clingan is in need of some attention.

  56. 29

    Tarmo Kink looks for the run of Ahjupera who is caught offside.

  57. 28

    About 1,200 Estonia fans are in the crown tonight and but they're being drowned out at the moment.

  58. 27

    Estonia skipper Raio Piiroja is given space and time on the edge of the box but he lifts his left-foot shot over the crossbar.

  59. 26

    Grant McCann slams into Tarmo Kink and that's an easy decision for referee Manuel Grafe.

  60. 25

    The hosts are dominating possession now and this is good stuff as Paddy McCourt now tests Pareiko with a drilled effort from an aqute angle.

  61. 23

    Northern Ireland take the lead at Windsor Park. Chris Brunt's pass over the top sets Kyle Lafferty away and he drills his cross across goal which keeper Sergei Pareiko fails to deal with allowing Davis to fire home from close range.

  62. 22

    GOAL: Northern Ireland 1 (Steven Davis 22) Estonia 0.

  63. 22

    Steven Davis finds Paddy McCourt until Raio Piiroja steps in to neatly chest the ball back to Pareiko.

  64. 21

    Sander Puri combines with Kink and the Middlesbrough man is felled for a free-kick which Dmitri Kruglov delivers with his left-foot but it's a foul on Gareth McAuley.

  65. 19

    Northern Ireland seem to be playing on the counter attack at the moment because Estonia are domianting the midfield battle.

  66. 18

    At the other end Kink attempts an audacious first-time volley and he gets cheers from the Windsor Park crowd, but credit for the attempt.

  67. 17

    Estonia are playing in their 50th European qualifier tonight and they've shown how much they've improved as Grant McCann takes aim and hits a wonderful long-range shot which is palmed away by Sergei Pareiko.

  68. 15

    Gareth McAuley looks for Pat McCourt with a long ball down the line and now Aleksandr Dmitrijev battles for the ball with Steven Davis.

  69. 13

    Head coach Tarmo Ruutli is looking quite nervous on the Estonia bench as McCourt gives the ball away.

  70. 12

    The news from Serbia is good news for Northern Ireland because Italy have taken the lead in the first minute, so it's must-win for both teams here at Windsor Park.

  71. 10

    The Estonians are clearly not affraid to shoot from anywhere and Kink's effort proved that theory.

  72. 9

    Players back off Tarmo Kink who colletcs the ball and fires in a sizzling effort from the edge of the box which is well saved by Lee Camp.

  73. 8

    Grant McCann is in need of some medical attention after going down in midfield. He looks winded but the Peterborough man is back on.

  74. 7

    Tarmo Kink is Estonia's key player as he collects the ball in the middle of the park.

  75. 6

    Chris Brunt collects the ball down the right before cutting inside and delivering a curling ball, but he gets too much on it.

  76. 5

    Lee Hodson looks for the run of Lafferty, but the big striker is backing into his marker and it's a free-kick. Remember, when the Rangers man has scored for his country, they've never lost!

  77. 4

    The atmosphere is something special as ever at Windsor Park and the pitch is in wonderful condition

  78. 3

    Kyle Lafferty is switched on as he attempts to chase down a long ball, but it's a goal kick. A chance for Dmitri Kruglov for Estonia but Northern Ireland clear their lines.

  79. 2

    David Healy, who hasn't scored for a long, long time is sitting on the bench as the visitors win a throw.

  80. 1

    Northern Ireland have won just two qualifiers this campaign and the problem has been goals. Just four goals in seven games as Estonia get the game underway.

  81. 1940

    The teams are on the way out and we're minutes away from kick-off. Don't forget if you'd like to air your views, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish the best.

  82. 1933

    Nigel Worthington welcomes back Kyle Lafferty and Pat McCourt from injury as Northern Ireland attempt to keep their slim hopes of a Euro 2012 play-off place alive with victory over Estonia. Both sides need victory to have any chance of finishing second in Group C. Worthington, who could be leading the side for the last time at Windsor Park with his contract up at the end of the campaign, also has to reshuffle the back line with Chris Baird replacing the injured Aaron Hughes and Watford's Lee Hodson recalled at right-back.

  83. 1932

    Remember, Estonia enjoyed a 4-1 success when the two teams met in Tallinn in September, but this is Windsor Park and anything can happen tonight!

  84. 1931

    Nigel Worthington's side still have a mathematical chance of forcing their way into the play-offs, but would need to win both of their final Group C fixtures and need other results to go in their favour.

  85. 1930

    NORTHERN IRELAND: Camp, Hodson, Cathcart, McAuley, Baird, McCourt, Clingan, Davis, McCann, Brunt, Lafferty. SUBS: Taylor, McGivern, Evans, Healy, Feeney, McGinn, Little.

  86. 1930

    ESTONIA: Pareiko, Piiroja, Klavan, Jaager, Stepanov, Kruglov, Dmitrijev, Puri, Vunk, Kink, Ahjupera. SUBS: Londak, Reintam, Zenjov, Purje, Vassiljev, Saag, Teniste.

  87. 1930

    REFEREE: Manuel Grafe (Germany).

  88. 1930

    Here come the teams...

  89. 1923

    Let's have a quick look at the odds with SKYBET. Northern Ireland are 21/20 to win while Estonia are 13/5 while the draw is 12/5. Kyle Lafferty is 11/2 to bag the first goal while Chris Brunt is a decent price at 9/1. The hosts to win 2-1 is also a 9/1 shot. How about David Healy to score first and Northern Ireland to win 3-0? That's a 65/1 shot. Meanwhile, Jarmo Ahjupera to score first and Estonia to win 1-0 is 55/1 if you fancy a flutter. Go to to place your bets.

  90. 1905

    If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish the best.

  91. 1905

    Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary from tonight's Euro 2012 clash between Northern Ireland and Estonia at Windsor Park.


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