McAuley And McGinn On Target Against Ukraine As Northern Ireland Win First Ever European Championship Game

UEFA Euro 2016

Group C

June 16th

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France

ukraine 0-2 northern ireland

49′ McAuley

90’+6′ McGinn


Northern Ireland won their first game ever in the European Championships after beating Ukraine 2-0 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.

Second-half goals from Gareth McAuley and substitute Niall McGinn were the first tournament goals scored for Northern Ireland in almost 30 years to ensure Northern Ireland climbed up to third in Group C.

Northern Ireland started well and went close in the third minute when a Stuart Dallas strike forced Andriy Pyatov into a good save with the keeper doing well to hold onto the effort.

Northern Ireland went close again in the 33rd minute when Craig Cathcart met a corner to head inches over the bar.

Three minutes before the break, Northern Ireland went close again when Steven Davis received the ball before he forced Pyatov into a good save with a well-struck effort from a tight-angle.

Two minutes into the restart, Ukraine went close when Yevhen Seleznyov met a corner to head wide of the near-post.

Two minutes later, Northern Ireland went ahead. McAuley met a freekick from Oliver Norwood to head home into the top-corner. It was Northern Ireland’s first tournament goal for almost 30 years.

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Two minutes later, Ukraine nearly made the perfect response when a Yevhen Konoplyanka freekick was met by Seleznyov with a header but Michael McGovern made a good save before gathering at the second attempt.

There was a brief delay in play due to heavy rainfall and hailstones, where both sides had to leave the field as the match would be suspended for two minutes.

After the delay, Ukraine went close in the 7oth minute when Roman Kovalenko fired the ball just wide after Seleznyov did well to hold the ball up.

Ukraine were looking for an equaliser and went close in the 88th minute when, Andriy Yarmolenko cut inside before curling an effort that forced McGovern into a good save with the keeper palming the effort away.

In search for an equaliser, Ukraine left  holes in their defence, and substitute Josh Magennis exploited them. He did well to beat his man before pulling the ball back to fellow substitute McGinn who dummied the ball to Dallas whose effort was palmed away into the path of McGinn by Pyatov, and the Aberdeen man tapped home the rebound.

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That was the last action of the match as Northern Ireland won their first match at the European Championships.

The result meant that Northern Ireland go third in Group C, behind Germany and Poland who face-off later this evening, whilst Ukraine are bottom without a point.

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