Select a Team

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

Windsor Park (ATT 11,805) 14th August 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Hagen

N Ireland Northern Ireland vs Russia Russia

N Ireland 1

M Paterson (43)

ft

Russia 0

International: Northern Ireland surprise Russia by netting a famous 1-0 victory

By Pete Hall - Follow me: @Pistolpeteh86.   Last Updated: 15/08/13 8:29am

  • Share:
Martin Paterson: Celebrates scoring the only goal at Windsor Park

Martin Paterson: Celebrates scoring the only goal at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland enjoyed one of the most famous nights in their history by defeating Russia 1-0 in their rearranged Group E World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Michael Paterson's 43rd-minute header sent the home crowd into raptures and was enough to give Michael O'Neill his first win as Northern Ireland boss.

O'Neill's men more than held their own in Belfast and could have been in front when Jamie Ward's ferocious strike cannoned back off the post in the first half.

But only minutes later, Naill McGinn's pinpoint cross was expertly headed in by Paterson to end a 12-game winless streak.

Russia boss Fabio Capello had caused controversy in the run-up to the match, stating "it's only Northern Ireland", but the Italian coach will be regretting those comments after this surprise result.

The men in green worked tirelessly right from the word go, harrying their opponents into mistake after mistake.

And the home side had several half chances of their own early on, with McGinn and Shane Ferguson causing problems down the flanks.

But just after Ward had seen his effort come back off the woodwork, McGinn did well to reach a long ball and delivered the ball in the area, where Paterson rose above the Russian rearguard to give his side a shock lead at the break.

The Eastern Europeans made a few changes for the second-half, with Artyom Dzyuba injecting some urgency into their attacks.

However, with Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart imperious at the back, the visitors never really troubled home goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

In fact, the home side could have extended their advantage, with Paterson having the ball in the net again, but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.

The final whistle was greeted with scenes Windsor Park hasn't seen for a long time, and after just two wins in their past 33 games, it was certainly long overdue and keeps alive their faint qualification hopes.

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private


Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Wed 14th Aug - Group F

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4