European Championship Qualifying - Group C
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: NI suffer agonising last-gasp defeat by Netherlands

Virgil van Dijk and Kyle Lafferty contend for possession during the first half
Virgil van Dijk and Kyle Lafferty contend for possession during the first half

Northern Ireland's hopes of Euro 2020 qualification suffered a major blow as they went down to an agonising last-gasp 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands.

Josh Magennis's 75th-minute header gave NI the lead but Memphis Depay toe-poked home the equaliser five minutes later.

Luuk de Jong's hooked effort in the first minute of injury time gave the hosts the lead and Depay slid the ball into the net for his second soon after.

The Dutch move top of the group, ahead of Germany and NI on goal difference.

European giants Netherlands and Germany both have a game in hand over Northern Ireland and are now in pole position to secure the two automatic qualification spots from Group C.

NI remain in contention however with a home game against Ronald Koeman's side and an away fixture against Germany to come in November, but it looks a very uphill task.

Michael O'Neill's team began their campaign with double victories over both Estonia and Belarus but a 2-0 home defeat by Germany last month, allied to this heartbreaking reverse in Rotterdam, have dealt a serious setback to their hopes of progressing.

NI frustrate the Dutch

Northern Ireland frustrated their illustrious opponents for all of the first half and much of the second with a determined rearguard action, keeping their shape, getting men behind the ball and closing down quickly.

A cagey first opening 45 minutes was played at a pedestrian pace, the home side enjoying most of the possession but unable to penetrate the disciplined and organised defensive wall set up by the visitors.

The beaten Nations League finalists posed little by way of attacking threat until Georginio Wijnaldum saw his well-struck drive blocked by the excellent Stuart Dallas.

The Netherlands' inability to create clear-cut chances kept the majority of the 51,000 crowd inside the Feyenoord Stadium quiet and it was the visiting 4,000-strong NI contingent who made more noise for the majority of the match.

The Dutch showed more urgency after the break, injecting more tempo into their play but still struggled to fashion scoring opportunities, Bailey Peacock-Farrell making a straightforward save from Donyell Malen and Jonny Evans clearing Wijnaldum's effort off the line.

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Super-sub Magennis on target again

Having scored late on as a substitute in the home win over Belarus in March and the away victory over Estonia in June, Magennis popped up with another goal after being introduced from the bench against the Dutch.

The Hull City forward out-jumped Matthijs de Ligt inside the area to head into the corner after Dallas had taken advantage of uncertainty in the Dutch defence to deliver an inch-perfect cross from the right.

The strike was the sixth of NI's eight goals in this qualification series to be scored in the 75th minute or after.

With 15 minutes remaining NI looked to be on the verge of one of the greatest results in their history - and they could have taken another step towards a famous triumph and a third away win for their first time ever, but Magennis was just unable to get a touch on another inviting Dallas delivery.

As it stands, they must now start looking to a possible place in the Nations League play-offs in March 2020 as a potential backdoor route to qualification.

Late, late show from Netherlands

The Netherlands, European Championship winners in 1988, failed to reach the Euro 2016 tournament and the 2018 World Cup finals, but are now on course to make next year's finals, held across Europe.

Trailing 1-0 and with time running out, Koeman's men looked like they would fail to score for just the third time in 17 games but with 10 minutes left Depay ran onto Malen's through ball and took one touch before firing into the net.

Malen then headed wastefully wide but in the first minute of added time De Jong had the easy task of tapping into an empty net after a cross was flicked on in the box and Peacock-Farrell dived past the ball after the Sevilla forward lobbed his initial effort into the air.

Frenkie de Jong supplied the slide-rule pass for Depay to slot home with an angled finish three minutes later, his sixth goal of the campaign.

The free-scoring hosts have now found the net 17 times in their first five qualifying fixtures, having extended their winning sequence at the De Kuip Stadium to 17 matches.

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 22DumfriesSubstituted forde Jongat 78'minutes
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 17Blind
  • 15de RoonSubstituted forvan de Beekat 66'minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 7Bergwijn
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 9BabelSubstituted forMalenat 66'minutes
  • 10DepayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Veltman
  • 5Aké
  • 6van de Beek
  • 11Promes
  • 12van Aanholt
  • 13Vermeer
  • 14de Vrij
  • 16Strootman
  • 18Berghuis
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Malen
  • 23Bizot

Northern Ireland

  • 1Peacock-FarrellBooked at 53mins
  • 3SmithBooked at 67mins
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5EvansBooked at 60mins
  • 11Ferguson
  • 13EvansSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes
  • 14Dallas
  • 17McNair
  • 8Davis
  • 6SavilleSubstituted forThompsonat 83'minutes
  • 10LaffertySubstituted forMagennisat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4Flanagan
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Boyce
  • 12McGovern
  • 15Thompson
  • 16Kennedy
  • 18Whyte
  • 19Donnelly
  • 21Magennis
  • 22Lavery
  • 23Carson
Referee:
Benoît Bastien

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home23
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 3, Northern Ireland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 3, Northern Ireland 1.

Booking

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 3, Northern Ireland 1. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Northern Ireland).

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 2, Northern Ireland 1. Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Donyell Malen (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Bergwijn with a cross.

Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daley Blind with a cross.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Attempt blocked. Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Tom Flanagan replaces Corry Evans.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland).

Attempt missed. Donyell Malen (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jordan Thompson replaces George Saville.

Offside, Northern Ireland. Bailey Peacock-Farrell tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 1, Northern Ireland 1. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Donyell Malen.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Denzel Dumfries.

Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 0, Northern Ireland 1. Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

Foul by Donyell Malen (Netherlands).

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Northern Ireland. Jonny Evans tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Donny van de Beek (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Bergwijn.

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Donyell Malen.

Attempt missed. Donyell Malen (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Northern Ireland).

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Denzel Dumfries.

Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland).

Attempt saved. Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a through ball.

Booking

Michael Smith (Northern Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th October 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England44001941512
2Czech Rep53029819
3Kosovo5221101008
4Montenegro5023313-102
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal422010468
3Serbia52121012-27
4Luxembourg511358-34
5Lithuania5014415-111

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands54011761112
2Germany54011761112
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus6114310-74
5Estonia6015218-161

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark5230155109
3Switzerland422010468
4Georgia511348-44
5Gibraltar5005016-160

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia6411135813
2Slovakia6312108210
3Hungary630379-29
4Wales52125507
5Azerbaijan5014513-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001731418
2Sweden6321138511
3Romania6312137610
4Norway623111839
5Malta6105213-113
6Faroe Islands6006320-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland7511112916
2Austria7412167913
3North Macedonia7322109111
4Slovenia7322137611
5Israel72231214-28
6Latvia7007124-230

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey65011421215
2France65011941515
3Iceland6402109112
4Albania630310919
5Moldova6105217-153
6Andorra6006014-140

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium77002812721
2Russia76012241818
3Cyprus7313137610
4Kazakhstan7214911-27
5Scotland7205517-126
6San Marino7007037-370

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001831518
2Finland640284412
3Armenia6303121119
4Bos-Herze6213121117
5Greece6123710-35
6Liechtenstein6015119-181
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