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Northern Ireland humbled by Estonia

06 Sep 2011 22:00:32

Northern Ireland humbled by Estonia

Northern Ireland's hopes of reaching Euro 2012 were reduced to tatters in Tallinn as a series of individual mistakes left them on the wrong end of a humbling 4-1 defeat by Estonia.

In a game littered with defensive mishaps, woeful lapses in concentration from goalkeeper Lee Camp and defender Gareth McAuley were responsible for two of Estonia's four goals, with the consolation effort coming only when Raio Piiroja put the ball past his own keeper.

Comprehensive defeat to a nation ranked 86th in the FIFA rankings - 27 spots below Northern Ireland - will hurt but, having lost to Serbia on Friday too, it also leaves them fifth in Group C and with no hope of salvaging a play-off spot.


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