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Evans the hero as Northern Ireland stun Slovenia

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.30CET
Slovenia 0-1 Northern Ireland
The visitors ended their ten-match wait for a win in their Group C opener thanks to a goal from substitute Corry Evans in Maribor.
Evans the hero as Northern Ireland stun Slovenia
Corry Evans (right) celebrates scoring Northern Ireland's winner in Slovenia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaNorthern Ireland

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts22
 
4
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
4
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
5

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.30CET

Evans the hero as Northern Ireland stun Slovenia

Slovenia 0-1 Northern Ireland
The visitors ended their ten-match wait for a win in their Group C opener thanks to a goal from substitute Corry Evans in Maribor.

Northern Ireland shocked Slovenia in their opening Group C fixture in Maribor as substitute Corry Evans' 70th-minute strike earned the visitors an unlikely victory.

The 20-year-old from Manchester United FC found the net just three minutes after taking the pitch to register his first international goal and claim all three points for a Northern Irish side who had arrived in Maribor winless in ten matches and without a goal in their seven previous outings.

There was little inkling of the eventual upset in the first half when Slovenia, victorious in five out of six home fixtures en route to qualifying for this summer's FIFA World Cup, spurned several decent chances. Valter Birsa looked poised to score in the 21st minute when Zlatan Ljubijankič's low ball into the box deflected his way off Craig Cathcart but the defender recovered well to divert the shot over the crossbar. Milivoje Novakovič then directed a free header straight at Maik Taylor before, with half-time looming, Andraž Kirm flashed a ball across goal after breaking clear on the right.

Nigel Worthington's men remained under pressure after the restart as Birsa had an excellent opportunity in the 48th minute but his left-foot effort at the far post deflected behind off a green shirt. With 20 minutes remaining, however, the visitors struck as Cathcart cut in from the left and delivered a superb low cross that Evans, arriving at the far post in front of his marker, turned in. There was still time for several Slovenian near-misses, Taylor saving low from Josip Iličič, but when Tim Matavž turned over a last-gasp volley at full stretch, it confirmed it was Northern Ireland's night.

Last updated: 04/09/10 0.03CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
2
McAuleyGareth McAuley
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
3
CathcartCraig Cathcart
8
KorenRobert Koren (C)
5
CraiganStephen Craigan (C)
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution88
6
BairdChris Baird
10
BirsaValter Birsa
7
DavisSteven Davis
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Substitution74
8
McCannGrant McCann
Substitution67
13
JokićBojan Jokić
9
HealyDavid Healy
Yellow Card26
Substitution67
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution74
10
FeeneyWarren Feeney
18
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
11
BruntChris Brunt
Yellow Card47
Substitution89
22
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
18
HughesAaron Hughes

Substitutes

12
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
12
TuffeyJonny Tuffey (GK)
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
4
ClinganSammy Clingan
6
B. IličBranko Ilič
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution67
Goal70
14
DedičZlatko Dedič
Substitution74
14
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution67
Yellow Card83
19
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution74
15
PatersonMartin Paterson
21
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
16
PattersonRory Patterson
23
MatavžTim Matavž
Substitution88
17
GormanJonny Gorman
Substitution89

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Nigel Worthington (NIR)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

István Kovács (ROU)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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