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European Championship Qualifying

Windsor Park Stadium (ATT 20,332) 22nd August 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Matejek

N Ireland Northern Ireland vs Liechtenstein Liechtenstein

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Healy fires NI to victory

Northern Ireland go second in group

By Andrew Scurr.   Last Updated: 22/08/07 11:10pm

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Northern Ireland continued their bid to qualify for next summer's European Championship with a comfortable 3-1 win over Liechtenstein at Windsor Park.

Two first-half goals from David Healy and a second-half strike from Kyle Lafferty ensured a perfect start to life under new manager Nigel Worthington.

Mario Frick got a goal late on but it was nothing more than a consolation as Northern Ireland climbed above Spain into second place in Group F and moved within two points of Sweden in top spot.

Healy, who had already got into the action inside the first minute, took just five minutes to open the scoring as he met Keith Gillespie's cross and headed home his tenth goal of qualifying to give Northern Ireland the best possible start.

Frick should have pulled Liechtenstein level in the 18th minute when unmarked he sent a powerful header straight at Maik Taylor.

Lafferty was guilty of an even worse miss soon after as he somehow headed wide at the back post. Chris Brunt's cross picked out the Burnley man six yards out but with the goal gaping he failed to hit the target.

Healy was never going to make a mistake when handed the chance to get his second by a poor pass from Michael Stocklasa and he curled a shot into the top corner, giving Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle no chance.

Lafferty made amends for his earlier miss in the 56th minute as he grabbed his first competitive goal for Northern Ireland after brilliantly bringing down George McCartney's cross from the left and blasting home.

Substitute Stuart Elliott thought he had scored just minutes after coming on but his neat finish at the near post was ruled out for offside.

Steven Davis should have added a fourth with ten minutes remaining after an error from Jehle but the midfielder fired well over from inside the Liechtenstein area.

Northern Ireland were unable to hang onto their clean sheet as in the 89th minute Frick finished at the second attempt following a good run after his first effort was blocked on the line by defender Stephen Craigan.

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Northern IrelandTeam StatisticsLiechtenstein
3Goals1
21st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target2
6Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots3
4Corners4
17Fouls15
4Offsides2
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
84.8Passing Success68.7
21Tackles23
61.9Tackles Success91.3
60.9Possession39.1
57.2Territorial Advantage42.8

Matches

Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

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

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wales 3 7
2 Israel 2 6
3 Belgium 2 4
4 Cyprus 3 3
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 2
6 Andorra 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

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

European Championship Qualifying Group D

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

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 3 9
2 Slovenia 3 6
3 Lithuania 3 6
4 Switzerland 3 3
5 Estonia 3 3
6 San Marino 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Northern Ireland 3 9
2 Romania 3 7
3 Finland 3 4
4 Hungary 3 4
5 Greece 3 1
6 Faroe Islands 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 3 7
2 Russia 3 5
3 Sweden 3 5
4 Montenegro 3 4
5 Moldova 3 1
6 Liechtenstein 3 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

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

European Championship Qualifying Group I

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

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