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  • Date:29 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Windsor Park
  • Attendance:11,299
Goal!

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92mins

Corry Evans goes off and Liam Boyce comes on.

92mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Zlatko Dedic. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.

91mins

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.

90mins

Goran Sukalo on for Armin Bacinovic.

90mins

Chris Brunt goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

89mins

Chris Brunt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

87mins

Zlatko Dedic takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.

86mins

The offside flag is raised against Corry Evans. Indirect free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

84mins

Milivoje Novakovic goes off and Zlatko Dedic comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Corry Evans on Andraz Kirm. Free kick taken by Robert Koren.

83mins

Patrick McCourt comes on in place of Warren Feeney.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.

81mins

Close range effort by Chris Brunt goes wide of the left-hand post.

77mins

Effort on goal by Armin Bacinovic from long range goes over the crossbar.

75mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Josh McQuoid misses to the right of the target.

71mins

(Northern Ireland) makes a substitution, with Josh McQuoid coming on for Grant McCann.

68mins

Robert Koren concedes a free kick for a foul on Warren Feeney. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Koren. Direct free kick taken by Robert Koren.

67mins

Valter Birsa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

66mins

Unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Bojan Jokic results in a free kick. Chris Brunt sends in a cross, Gareth McAuley takes a shot. Blocked by Marko Suler.

65mins

Valter Birsa has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

64mins

Outswinging corner taken by Andraz Kirm from the right by-line.

63mins

Unfair challenge on Armin Bacinovic by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matej Mavric.

61mins

Corner taken by Robert Koren played to the near post.

60mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andraz Kirm from the left by-line to the near post, Zlatan Ljubijankic takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

60mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Valter Birsa.

59mins

Short corner taken by Valter Birsa from the left by-line.

58mins

Corner taken right-footed by Andraz Kirm.

57mins

Chris Baird produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.

54mins

Corner taken by Andraz Kirm played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the box by Marko Suler misses to the right of the target.

52mins

Corry Evans is cautioned. Foul by Corry Evans on Andraz Kirm, free kick awarded. Bojan Jokic restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Milivoje Novakovic goes over the bar.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Miso Brecko on Jonathan Evans. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.

45mins

The referee blows for offside against Milivoje Novakovic. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

44mins

Foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic on Craig Cathcart, free kick awarded. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

43mins

Chris Baird shown a yellow card. Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Koren. Direct free kick taken by Marko Suler.

41mins

Matej Mavric challenges Warren Feeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sammy Clingan.

40mins

Gareth McAuley fouled by Zlatan Ljubijankic, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.

38mins

Armin Bacinovic is booked. Armin Bacinovic challenges Chris Brunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.

36mins

Unfair challenge on Armin Bacinovic by Warren Feeney results in a free kick. Marko Suler restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Robert Koren is cautioned. Robert Koren concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant McCann. Sammy Clingan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Samir Handanovic.

34mins

Unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Armin Bacinovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

32mins

Zlatan Ljubijankic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Matej Mavric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

29mins

Zlatan Ljubijankic is brought on as a substitute for Josip Ilicic.

27mins

Armin Bacinovic fouled by Grant McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Koren restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valter Birsa by Grant McCann. Valter Birsa restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Andraz Kirm misses to the right of the goal.

23mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Armin Bacinovic by Chris Baird. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Valter Birsa.

20mins

Inswinging corner taken by Valter Birsa from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot from close range by Marko Suler misses to the left of the goal.

20mins

Valter Birsa takes the inswinging corner, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

20mins

Valter Birsa takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

17mins

Foul by Jonathan Evans on Miso Brecko, free kick awarded. Samir Handanovic takes the free kick.

17mins

Marko Suler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.

14mins

Bojan Jokic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Corry Evans. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.

12mins

Sammy Clingan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Miso Brecko.

10mins

Chris Brunt is ruled offside. Samir Handanovic takes the free kick.

10mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Milivoje Novakovic. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

8mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.

8mins

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan.

7mins

Marko Suler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

7mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sammy Clingan on Robert Koren. Armin Bacinovic restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

Marko Suler takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

6mins

Corner taken by Valter Birsa from the left by-line.

5mins

Josip Ilicic takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

4mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Brunt.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Armin Bacinovic. Gareth McAuley takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Key duo miss Slovenia clash Northern Ireland are certain to be without injured pair Kyle Lafferty and Aaron Hughes for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia, with both men back at their clubs for treatment. Striker Lafferty and captain Hughes both suffered their injuries in Friday's Group C defeat to Serbia, with the Rangers man taken off at half-time having experienced stiffness in his knee. Fulham defender Hughes, meanwhile, bravely played the full 90 minutes despite dislocating his shoulder midway through the first period. Nigel Worthington admitted after the match he had injury doubts but hoped at least one of the players would be available at Windsor Park. Instead neither is with the side as they train in Belfast. Millwall striker Josh McQuoid has been summoned to provide attacking cover in the absence of Lafferty and the suspended David Healy. Worthington told the Belfast Telegraph: "Kyle will have to go back to Rangers for treatment and obviously David is out. "Aaron didn't travel to Belfast with us on Saturday, instead he got a flight to London for a scan on his shoulder and it revealed some damage. "Fulham are going to let it settle for a few days before seeing if the problem needs some further work, but his absence is, of course, a big blow for us." Explaining the decision to add McQuoid, who made his debut against Morocco last year, to an attacking pool that includes just Warren Feeney and Liam Boyce as established strikers, Worthington added: "Josh is a good young player with plenty to offer us. "He has a good turn of pace and is full of enthusiasm and drive and will be a welcome addition for what is now a very big game. He is also another young player in the squad and I really see that as the way forward for us."

Formation:4411Manager: Nigel Worthington

Northern Ireland

Formation: 451Manager: Matjaz Kek

Slovenia

  • Lee Camp
  • Craig Cathcart
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Corry Evans
  • Chris Baird
  • Sammy Clingan
  • Grant McCann
  • Chris Brunt
  • Warren Feeney
  • SUBS
  • Jonny Tuffey
  • Adam Thompson
  • Lee Hodson
  • Patrick McCourt
  • Josh McQuoid
  • John Gorman
  • Liam Boyce

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Match Report

Slovenia stalemate for Northern Ireland Northern Ireland saw their Euro 2012 qualifying hopes plummet for the second time in five days as they mustered only a goalless draw against Group C rivals Slovenia. After defeat in Serbia on Friday night, a stalemate at Windsor Park leaves their prospects in dire straits despite having lost only one of their five games. Chris Brunt was almost the hero for his side but the West Brom man fell agonisingly short of of converting Corry Evans' cross in the 80th minute. Nigel Worthington's men were second best for much of the game as they lost the ball cheaply throughout, but had the two best chances of the match through Brunt and Gareth McAuley. In the sixth minute Josip Ilicic tried his luck when he lashed a loose ball at goal from 25 yards. Lee Camp, on his home debut, was well placed but fumbled the ball. Luckily for Northern Ireland, there was nobody following up for Slovenia. Marko Suler followed Ilcic's lead moments later, striking from the edge of the area but this time Camp held on safely. There was a moment of hesitation in the Slovenia box soon after, Grant McCann almost taking advantage of some confusion between Samir Handanovic and Miso Brecko. A clever touch by Brunt released Warren Feeney on the counter attack but he narrowly failed to pull away from his marker as he charged toward goal. With 20 minutes gone Sammy Clingan lost possession in a dangerous area, allowing Armin Bacinovic to showcase some neat footwork before laying the ball to Valter Birsa. His shot tested Camp again and the Nottingham Forest man was able to tip over the bar. Northern Ireland were looking short of ideas up front, too frequently surrendering possession after playing high balls to Feeney. Slovenia were a little more composed, with Birsa dangerous in attack, and the crowd were growing restless the more the visitors retained the ball. Ilicic limped off after 29 minutes, replaced by Gent's Zlatan Ljubijankic. Finally, four minutes before the interval, they managed their first attempt on goal. It was a good one too, Clingan lining up a free-kick from 20 yards and sending it just wide of the post with the Handanovic beaten. Feeney re-emerged with a bandaged head after receiving four stitches following a knock in the first half. Things almost took a turn for the worse in the 49th minute, Milivoje Novakovic shooting over after meeting a crisp low cross eight yards from goal. Corry Evans almost created something out of nothing when he charged down a lost cause in the Slovenia area, but the midfielder's exuberance earned him a yellow card seconds later. Suler went close when he latched onto Andraz Kirm's cross at the near post, heading into the side netting to Camp's relief. McAuley, captain for the day in Aaron Hughes' absence, was in fine form at the back, twice making last-ditch slides to end dangerous moves. That he needed to do so reflected Slovenia's growing confidence. With the game apparently getting away from Northern Ireland, McAuley almost made his mark at the other end for the second time in a week. Having scored the opener against Serbia, he met McCann's hanging free-kick at the far post and nodded to towards goal. Handanovic was out of the picture but Matej Mavric was on hand to clear off the line. With 20 minutes remaining Worthington sent on Millwall forward Josh McQuoid, winning his second cap and slotting in on the left flank. McQuoid was quickly into the action, getting on the end of Corry Evans' cross but failing to test the goalkeeper. As the game entered the last 10 minutes, the home side produced their best move of the match. Jonny Evans played a fine cross-field ball to his brother Corry on the right and he laid it back across goal first time with a neat touch. Brunt raced to meet it inside the six-yard box but the ball agonisingly brushed his boot and crept to safety. There was time for Camp to make a fine save from Zlatko Dedic and for McQuoid to make an unsuccessful penalty appeal but in the circumstances the result still felt like defeat.

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