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Taylor turns tables on Spain

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 20.59CET
Northern Ireland 0-0 Spain Maik Taylor's heroics earn Northern Ireland a point and dent Spain's hopes.

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Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 20.59CET

Taylor turns tables on Spain

Northern Ireland 0-0 Spain Maik Taylor's heroics earn Northern Ireland a point and dent Spain's hopes.

Maik Taylor was the hero in Belfast as he kept a clean sheet to earn Northern Ireland a draw which seriously dents Spain's hopes of finishing top of Group 6 and qualifying directly for UEFA EURO 2004™.

Taylor on song
Taylor pulled off a string of superb saves to deny Spain, who have now been replaced at the top of the group by Greece, who followed up Saturday’s stunning win in Zaragoza with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine on Wednesday.

Goal drought
Northern Ireland have not scored in 972 minutes, but they were still able to leave the Windsor Park pitch with heads held high thanks to the Fulham FC goalkeeper who was called into action as early as the third minute to collect a strike from Raùl González.

Doherty comes close
At the other end, Iker Casillas had to be alert to tip over a lob from Tommy Doherty on nine minutes before blocking a George McCartney header five minutes later.

Raùl thwarted
Spain were soon back in command, however, and Taylor matched the Real Madrid FC keeper with quality saves of his own from Raùl and Joseba Etxeberría, before he reacted instinctively to turn away Raùl’s close-range header.

Bright start
Spain started brightly after the break and Rubén Baraja burst clear only to shoot wide. Then, on 59 minutes, Taylor was forced off his line to save from the on-rushing Sergio.

Casillas to the rescue
Northern Ireland had weathered the storm and five minutes later came close to breaking the deadlock. Casillas saved well from David Healy and the ball broke for David Smith only for his shot to be blocked by a desperate Spanish rearguard.

Hanging on
As the clock wound down, Spanish pressure intensified. On 75 minutes, Doherty cleared off the line after Taylor had kept out substitute Fernando Morientes’s powerful drive then the goalkeeper brilliantly saved again from Raùl.

Playing for pride
Nothern Ireland held on for the draw and just their second point of their campaign. Qualification may be beyond Sammy McIlroy's team but they will take heart from this match, which is more than can be said of Spain who now trail new leaders Greece by a point in the race for a place in Portugal.

Ukraine tests
McIlroy's side will search for that elusive goal and win on 6 September in Ukraine. That team, third in the group, visit Spain four days later.

Last updated: 30/03/04 10.27CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Spain

Spain

1
TaylorMaik Taylor
1
CasillasIker Casillas
2
BairdChris Baird
2
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
3
KennedyPeter Kennedy
3
JuanfranJuanfran
5
McCartneyGeorge McCartney
4
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
Substitution66
6
GriffinDanny Griffin
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
7
DohertyTommy Doherty
Substitution80
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
8
JohnsonDamien Johnson
Yellow Card54
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
9
HealyDavid Healy
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
10
SmithAndy Smith
Substitution90+2
9
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
11
JonesStephen Jones
Substitution73
10
VicenteVicente
Substitution66
18
HughesAaron Hughes (C)
11
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria
Substitution79

Substitutes

12
CarrollRoy Carroll
13
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares
4
WilliamsMark Williams
Substitution90+2
14
De PedroJavier De Pedro
Substitution79
Yellow Card85
13
TonerCiaran Toner
Substitution80
15
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution66
14
McVeighPaul McVeigh
Substitution73
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution66
15
McCannGrant McCann
12
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
16
HamiltonGary Hamilton
16
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
17
ElliottStuart Elliott
18
GabriGabri

Coach

Samuel Mcilroy (NIR) José Ignacio Sáez (ESP)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bo Blankholm Pedersen (DEN), Ole V. Hansen (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Stadsgaard (DEN)

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