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Summary

  1. Cathcart drives in low finish from 12 yards
  2. Church earns and scores late penalty
  3. Wales without key players Bale & Ramsey
  4. QPR striker Washington makes NI debut

Live Reporting

By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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A la prochaine

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Right that's it from a rainy day in Salford and Cardiff. I'm sure the skies will be brighter in France come June. 

A la prochaine, mes petits amis!

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We wish @NorthernIreland the very best of luck in France. Perhaps we'll see you in the Final 😉 #EURO2016

We wish @NorthernIreland the very best of luck in France. Perhaps we'll see you in the Final 😉 #EURO2016

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Italy 1-1 Spain

It's all over in Italy too. The hosts must be content with a draw against the European champions. Napoli midfielder Lorenzo Insigne stuck the Azzurri ahead, only for 35-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz - Spain's very own Roy of the Rovers - levelling within seconds on his first international start.

Never heard of Aduriz? One of my esteemed colleagues has previously written about him here.

Italy v Spain
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So Wales now travel to Ukraine on Monday, which will be a tricky encounter and maybe give them a few clues before their Euro 2016 group game against Russia. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland face Slovenia. Only 78 days until the Euros kick off. 

A reminder of Wales' Group B games:

11 June: Slovakia

16 June: England

20 June: Russia

And a reminder of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 Group C matches:

12 June: Poland

16 June: Ukraine

21 June: Germany

'One or two have made my job harder'

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Chris Coleman
Reuters

Wales boss Chris Coleman: "Our lads showed pride, and without seven or eight who haven't played in the qualifying campaign it was about looking wider than that tonight. There are lots of positives, I was delighted for Sam Vokes who did well for us and Simon Church, who made an impact. 

"One or two of the players have probably made it more difficult to choose my 23 for the Euros now!" 

'We have plenty to work on'

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Joe Allen
PA

Wales midfielder Joe Allen: "We were relieved to get the equaliser. The application was there and a couple of new caps, which was great for those lads and a couple of lads who haven't been involved for a while. We have plenty to work on but that's what these friendlies are for. We will look forward to Ukraine which will be a different and a tough challenge and you need that sort of challenge ahead of the Euros."

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Northern Ireland goalscorer Craig Cathcart: "Preparation for the Euros is key, we played 3-5-2 in the first half and then went to four defenders in the second half. It's good to try those sort of things."

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Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Wales' David Cotterill and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis
PA

"That was a fair result. Both teams were cautious in their approach. Wales have got a lot of starters missing, but the plus points were David Cotterill played really well and Simon Church came on and got the equaliser."

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Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Gerry Taggart

Former Northern Ireland captain at Cardiff City Stadium

"Overall it was a good work out for both teams. There are plenty of things that both managers will take away from this, probably more for the Wales manager Chris Coleman. That's because he has blooded some players that he doesn't know much about in terms of playing on the international stage."

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So who will be most pleased by that - Chris Coleman or Michael O'Neill? Wales had the better chances and more possession but Northern Ireland were more clinical and were solid at the back. That will stand them in good stead at the Euros. 

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Simon Church
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Wales goalscorer Simon Church: "It was nice to get the equaliser, it was a tough game. They deserve to get where they are after their qualifying campaign. It was the last time fans will see us before the Euros so we wanted to put on a good performance. All I have to do is keep playing well and we will see [if I make the squad]. It's competitive." 

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Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

All smiles from both teams and they exchange handshakes and hugs. See you at the Euros, yeah? Or more likely at West Brom next week. 

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All over. No thriller but with both sides heading to France this summer the real hard work is behind and ahead of them. 

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Cross from the right comes in but Jonny Williams, cannot get it on target. That might be that. 

Wales 1-1 Northern ireland

Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Wales's Simon Church
Reuters

"That's Simon Church's strength - his movement and darting runs. I think it is a bit harsh on Northern Ireland. Gareth McAuley got across and put his wrong leg to tackle him. It's difficult for the referee - it's 50-50. We've seen it on television and still can't decide. But that's what you want from a substitute, he's come on and made an impact."

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Both sides have raised their games now. When I say raised, I mean they are snapping into tackles and leaving attackers with no time on the ball. Wales on the attack...

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

The crowd erupt, all of a sudden the game feels like a Home Nations clash. Ashley Williams is up but Northern Ireland hold firm. 

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Wales want one as four minutes go up on the board. 

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Gerry Taggart

Former Northern Ireland captain at Cardiff City Stadium

"If it is a penalty then Gareth McAuley should know better. Simon Church was going nowhere. I'm not sure it was a penalty."

GOAL Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Simon Church

Wales' Simon Church
PA

Simon Church grabs the ball, 'I'm having this lads'. No messing, he smacks it to the right of the diving Michael McGovern. Can they find a winner now?

PENALTY TO WALES

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Gareth McAuley brings down Simon Church. 

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Wales have definitely improved since their subs have come on. Can they find an equaliser?

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Chris Coleman
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Chris Coleman does not look happy as he chews his gum with some force. Wales could travel to Ukraine on Monday with three successive defeats under their belts. On the pitch, Andrew Crofts' shot is well hit, Northern Ireland block it and Simon Church is offside as he tries to divert the deflection. 

Rare, very rare

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart
AP

That is only Northern Ireland's second goal in an away friendly since 2006.

Best beard in football?

#bbcfootball

We've had a couple of nominations for Alexi Lalas. His beard is a thing of beauty, no doubt, and ginger, so ginger. Love it. 

Alexi Lalas
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But, sadly, it is also a thing of the past. How could you Alexi?

Alexi Lalas
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Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Gerry Taggart

Former Northern Ireland captain at Cardiff City Stadium

Wales' Tom Lawrence, left, and Northern Ireland's Patrick McNair
AP

"Northern Ireland would love to hear the final whistle now. Wales have picked up the tempo and the substitutions have made a difference. Every time they get ball they are driving at the Northern Ireland defence. Northern Ireland can't control the midfield at the minute."

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

More subs. Northern Irish striker Kyle Lafferty is done and is replaced by Aaron Hughes, who now plays in Melbourne. Billy McKay is also into the action. 

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

More impressive defending. David Cotterill, who has crossed the ball more than I've had hot dinners this month, finds Lloyd Isgrove at the back post. But Conor McLaughlin pokes it clear for a corner, which comes to nowt. 

Italy 1-1 Spain

1 - Aritz Aduriz has scored his first goal for Spain with his first shot on target. Hunter.

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Jonny Williams has made an impact on the game since coming on, as he burst forward to the edge of the box. He cleverly flicks the ball forward into Simon Church, who arrives at pace from the right but is barged off the ball. Good defending from the visitors again.  

Elsewhere in Europe

Italy 1-1 Spain

Now here's a story! Veteran Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has bagged on his first start for Spain - six years after his only other international cap.

The 35-year-old frontman, who has netted 31 goals for the La Liga side in all competitions, slams in an equaliser just seconds after Italy take the lead through Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne.

Read Aduriz's remarkable story, which we published earlier this year, here.

Italy v Spain
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Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Sorry, another change for Wales to tell you about. Simon Church, who is on loan at Aberdeen, is on for Sam Vokes. 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Changes for Northern Ireland now, whose fans are having a right ol' party in the stands. Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair are replaced by Daniel Lafferty and Paul Paton. 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Pressure from Wales as debutant Lloyd Isgrove tries to find some room on the right. Chris Gunter's cross is cleared and then shortly afterwards Andrew Crofts is wayward from range. Joe Allen, fresh from his appearance on the front cover of Chicken & Egg magazine, is on now in place of David Vaughan. 

Think I'm egging you on?

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Michael McGovern to the rescue once again. The ball is worked to the Welsh right, Jonny Williams takes a shot, it deflects off a Northern Ireland defender and keeper McGovern is out off his line to beat Sam Vokes to the ball. 

Best Beard in football?

#bbcfootball

Max Baggins Craig nominates Roy Keane. How did we not think of him? The Republic of Ireland assistant manager's effort goes from strength to strength. Shiver me timbers

Roy Keane
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Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Bit of a mix-up in the Northern Ireland defence, but Michael McGovern is quickly out to recover. He's been solid tonight. Wales on the verge of a third straight defeat. 

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Wales manager Chris Coleman
Reuters

"The result is obviously important for Wales tonight but Chris Coleman is mainly looking at the players. His dilemma is who is he going to take in his 23-man squad to France. I was hoping for a clean sheet tonight and against Ukraine on Monday so we go into the games against the big teams thinking we can defend well against anybody."

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

Jonny Williams is straight into the action for Wales, surging down the left before his run is brought to a halt by Conor McLaughlin. Free-kick on the left, from David Cotterill, but it's curled straight into the arms of Michael McGovern. 

Wales 0-1 Northern Ireland

2 - Craig Cathcart has netted two goals in his last three appearances for Northern Ireland. Flourish.