Ukraine 0-2 Northern Ireland, Euro 2016: As it happened

Goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn give Northern Ireland a much deserved win over Ukraine.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2016 12:51:36 am
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland beat Ukraine 2-0 in Lyon. (Source: Reuters)

Northern Ireland picked up their first win at the Euros when they beat Ukraine 2-0 in Lyon courtesy goals from McAuley and McGinn. The result means Ukraine are on the brink of elimination from the tournament.

Ukraine vs Northern Ireland, AS IT HAPPENED:

FULL TIME: Ukraine 0-2 Northern Ireland

96′ GOAL! McGinn seals it for Northern Ireland with the final kick of the game. Effort by Dallas produces the save and McGinn is on hand to capitalise on the rebound! 2-0!

90′ Ukraine’s chances and attempts rising as six minutes are added on

60′ And players are back on within seconds.

57′ It is hailing in Lyon! Absolutely dreadful and the referee has stopped play.

51′ GOAL!! Spectacular start to the second half for the Northern Ireland! A lovely cross by Norwood is met by a booming McAuley header and the noise in Lyon has gone up multiple notches.

41′ FREE KICK! Northern Ireland’s S. Davis has an attempt on goal.

37′ Northern Ireland’s McAuley has an attempt on goal.

2138 hrs IST: Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas has a shot on goal

2135 hrs IST: After losing their opening games, both sides look forward to put points on the board before their final games

THE BUILD UP:

Northern Ireland need attacking spark against Ukraine 

Northern Ireland were a shadow of the side that qualified unexpectedly as winners of their group. (Source: Reuters) Northern Ireland were a shadow of the side that qualified unexpectedly as winners of their group. (Source: Reuters)

Northern Ireland need to come out of their shell in Thursday’s Euro 2016 Group C clash against Ukraine if their first major tournament appearance for 30 years is not to end in an anti-climax.

Seven things we know after the first stage

Italy were at their calculating, counterattacking best as they defeated Belgium to emerge 2-0 victors. (Source: Reuters) Euro 2016: Italy were at their calculating, counterattacking best as they defeated Belgium to emerge 2-0 victors. (Source: Reuters)

No team got on the scoreboard three teams and the biggest margin of victory was two goals, and even the likes of Romania and Ukraine held their own against favourites France and Germany for a while.

 

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