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11 September 2012
• Windsor Park, Belfast
Referee: V. Glođović
• Attendance: 10674
D. Shiels 14'
D. Alves Da Mota 87'
Northern Ireland will feel that this was a must-win game as Russia and Portugal are favourites for the two qualifying places and they will be disappointed with the result tonight. Luxembourg have proved that they are no pushovers in this group, as it finishes 1-1 here at Windsor Park.
For Luxembourg it was a good result, given that Northern Ireland dominated for most of the match. Da Mota again instrumental for Luxembourg as they come away with an important point.
Michael O'Neill will not be happy with that, the performance was good and their was many chances for the home side but they were caught offside too many times and the home side will feel they should had won tonight.
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
The referee blows the whistle and that is full-time. Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup have been taken a huge blow by this draw.
90' + 2'
Bettmer off for Hoffmann as Luxembourg look to run down the clock.
Northern Ireland have only got 3 minutes to grab all three points here as they look to constantly attack the Luxembourg goal.
That goal has been coming as the home side have failed to convert their chances and the game has got more open as the second half has gone on.
GoalD. da Mota
GOALLL!!! to Luxembourg and Da Mota's shot takes a huge deflection off McGivern and the ball goes in the opposite direction leaving Carroll no chance.
Shiels is off and Norwood comes on as the scorer is given a huge reception from the home crowd.
The game is looking very open and the longer it stays 1-0, the more chance Luxembourg have to snatch a point here.
It's now 13 offisides as Northern Ireland are caught offside again during another attack, it's costing the home side chances to put this game to bed now.
Northern Ireland break the offside trap but Lafferty's shot is saved. So close for the home side should be 2-0 now.
Free-kick to Luxembourg as Northern Ireland make a change with Ferguson coming off and Ward coming on.
Deville tries to start an attack down the middle but it results in an counter-attack for the hosts but the cross from Ferguson is poor.
Northern Ireland have been caught offside 10 times by Luxembourg, can the hosts break the offside trap.
The longer it stays 1-0 the more frustrated that the Northern Ireland players become, they could do with a second goal quick to take full control of this game.
Feruson is offside as he slides a ball into Lafferty who knocks it home but it won't count.
Yellow CardChris Brunt
Brunt gets a yellow card for a sliding challenge as the cards are mounting up here.
Both teams have come out with high energy and Luxembourg are still in with a chance here.
Luxembourg make another change as Gerson comes off and Philipps comes on.
Yellow CardMaurice Deville
Deville has come on for Joachim at half-time as Luxembourg make an early chance.
And the second-half is underway.
The players are coming back out as the second-half is about to start.
Luxembourg are not out of the game yet, they will need to attack more if they want to get something out of this game but they don't want to leave any space for the hosts to exploit.
Michael O'Neill will be happy with his side at half-time, they have upped the tempo and are looking a real threat going forward, they should be winning by two or three goals now but as it stands it's 1-0 to Northern Ireland.
It's half time and Northern Ireland will be happy with that first-half display.
45' + 2'
Yellow CardGilles Bettmer
As we enter three minutes of injury time, Northern Ireland are still looking for a second goal.
Baird comes close with a header from the corner kick but it goes wide.
Davis releases Brunt down the right and his cross his is blocked, corner to Northern Ireland.
Chance for Northern Ireland as Ferguson floats in a great cross but Luxembourg clear as a Northern Ireland player should had got a head to that.
Yellow CardKyle Lafferty
Lafferty has been booked for a challenge on Janisch.
Northern Ireland will feel they have had the best chances so far and with two goals disallowed a second won't be too far away.
Lafferty scores with a great strike from outside the penalty area but the referee rules out the goal as he is deemed to be offside.
McAuley is shown a yellow card and he will miss Northern Ireland's next game against Portugal.
Yellow CardGareth McAuley
Payal puts in a good tackle to stop Brunt from running into space at the defence as Northern Ireland continue to look a threat going forward.
Northern Ireland could do with another goal here to put some distance from the visitors. Luxembourg still look a threat.
Shiels earned the hosts a corner kick and Evans heads it in to the back of the net but referee has blown the whistle for a foul in the area which goes Luxembourg's way.
The home fans have been lifted by that goal and are urging their team on to get more goals.
GOALL!!!! Northern Ireland score, Shiels with the goal, he is put through by Evans and Shiels chips it over the keeper. It has been coming.
Good build-up play by Luxembourg but Schnell's cross is wide of any Luxembourg player.
Within the first five minutes Northern Ireland have come out strong looking for an early goal.
McAuley with a header on goal but Joubert saves it, positive start by the hosts already.
And we have kicked off.
And here is the line-up for Luxembourg: Joubert, Schnell, Blaise, Bukvic, Janisch, Mutsch, Gerson, Payal, Bettmer, Da Mota, Joachim
Here is the Northern Ireland line-up: Carroll, Hughes, McAuley, Evans, McGivern, Brunt, Baird, David, Ferguson, Shiels, Lafferty
The anthems are being played and we are nearly ready for kick-off.
Daniel da Mota produced a stunning goal for Luxembourg against Portugal and despite losing the match he will have given his side hope of getting something out of this game.
Northern Ireland showed how difficulty they can be to break down at times against the Russians, but their attacking line-up failed to deliver and they will hope for more joy against considerable easier opposition tonight.
However Luxembourg came close to causing an upset against Portugal only to lose 2-1 and Northern Ireland should not take this team lightly if they want to win.
After that defeat to Russia on Friday, Michael O’Neill will feel that his side should take all three points from this game tonight.
Good evening, I’m Tom and welcome to this World Cup qualifier between Northern Ireland and Luxembourg at Windsor Park.
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