Northern Ireland to play Slovenia in March friendly

Slovenia's Armin Bacinovic comes under pressure from Chris Biard in the Euro 2012 qualifier in Belfast

Northern Ireland will take on Slovenia in a Belfast friendly in March as part of their Euro 2016 preparations.

The game at Windsor Park on 28 March will be the second of two matches for Michael O'Neill's men in March.

Slovenia were beaten in Euro 2016 play-offs by Ukraine, who are among Northern Ireland's group opponents in France.

"Slovenia are a great choice. While they lost 2-0 in Ukraine they drew 1-1 at home and played well. They're a good side," said NI boss O'Neill.

A proposed March friendly against Poland was called off as the two teams were drawn together in the same Euro 2016 group.

Northern Ireland last played Slovenia in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Corry Evans scored the only goal in a Northern Ireland victory in Slovenia in September 2010 before a scoreless draw at Windsor Park seven months later.

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 fixtures (all times BST)

Sunday, 12 June

Poland v Northern Ireland (Nice, 17:00)

Thursday, 16 June

Ukraine v Northern Ireland (Lyon, 17:00)

Tuesday, 21 June

Northern Ireland v Germany (Paris, 17:00)

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