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Played
September 11, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Windsor Park — Belfast
Referee:‬ V. Glođović‎
Attendance:‬ 10674‎
 
14′ Dean Shiels
D. da Mota 87′
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Ben Payal
Ben Payal
Luxembourg
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Northern Ireland 1-1 Luxembourg: Shiels opener not enough for stumbling hosts

Home side see two Kyle Lafferty efforts ruled out, as well as one by Jonny Evans, as they dominate unadventurous opposition only to see Michael O'Neill denied first win as boss

By Josh Clarke

Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg, Aaron Hughes & Daniel Alves Da Mota
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Northern Ireland kickstarted their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign, registering a point after a 1-1 draw with Luxembourg at Belfast's Windsor Park.

The hosts dominated from the off, with a deft Dean Shiels chip nearly proving the decisive moment before Daniel De Mota struck a fortunate late equaliser.

It will be a game Northern Ireland will feel they should have won, with Jonny Evans having one effort and Kyle Lafferty two, ruled out, Chris Brunt hitting the post and Luxembourg keeper Jonathan Joubert making a string of saves throughout

The result leaves Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill's still searching for his first win as Northern Ireland manager.

O'Neill gave opportunities to Shiels, Shane Ferguson and Ryan McGivern after Friday's away defeat to Russia, with Craig Cathcart, Jamie Ward and Corry Evans dropped to the bench.

The home side started the better of the two and took the lead 13 minutes in courtesy of a deft chip from Sheils after the Rangers man was released by a surging run and slide rule pass by Manchester United centre-half Evans.

Evans then saw a header from a corner ruled out for an infringement inside the box before Kyle Lafferty correctly had an emphatic strike from 25 yards out adjudged offside.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Northern Ireland dominating possession, though the home crowd were again incensed after a clinical counter attack, finished by Lafferty, was ruled out after Ferguson was found half a yard offside.

Luxembourg offered little to nothing by way of response, with Joubert kept busy after the interval and making smart saves from Steven Davis and Brunt, before the latter then hit the post from close range.

Northern Ireland were soon made to pay the price for their inability to stretch their lead and Da Mota, who opened the scoring against Portugal last week in spectacular fashion, equalised via a hefty deflection off McGivern.

The result leaves the home side joint bottom of Group F, with a visit to Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in October next up for O'Neill's team.


Northern Ireland

1
Roy Carroll
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
Aaron Hughes
Defender
3.00
6
Chris Baird
Defender
3.50
23
Gareth McAuley
Defender
29′
3.00
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
14′
3.50
23
Ryan McGivern
Defender
3.00
31
Shane Ferguson
Midfielder
74′
3.50
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
59′
4.00
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
3.50
-
Dean Shiels
Striker
14′ 83′
4.00
18
Kyle Lafferty
Striker
38′
4.00

Luxembourg

3.50
-
2.50
-
Ante Bukvic
Defender
2.00
-
Guy Blaise
Defender
2.00
-
Mario Mutsch
Midfielder
2.50
-
Tom Schnell
Defender
2.50
-
Ben Payal
Midfielder
2.00
-
Gilles Bettmer
Midfielder
47′ 87′ 93′
2.00
-
Gerson
Midfielder
50′
2.00
-
1.50
-
3.00
-
D. da Mota
Striker
87′

Substitutes

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Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
Trevor Carson
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
2
Lee Hodson
Defender
 - 
31
Corry Evans
Midfielder
 - 
42
Josh Carson
Midfielder
 - 
-
Oliver Norwood
Midfielder
83′
2.50
-
Sammy Clingan
Midfielder
 - 
-
Jamie Ward
Striker
74′
2.50
19
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Substitutes

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Marc Oberweis
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
 - 
-
2.50
-
 - 
-
Laurent Jans
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-

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Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Manchester United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0