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Lafferty leads Northern Ireland to Finland victory

Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 20.45CET
Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
Kyle Lafferty's first-half double ensured Northern Ireland tightened their grip on second spot in qualifying Group F.

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Match statistics

Northern IrelandFinland

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)41
 
59
Total attempts13
 
12
on target8
 
4
off target2
 
5
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
7
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
7

Standings

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Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 20.45CET

Lafferty leads Northern Ireland to Finland victory

Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
Kyle Lafferty's first-half double ensured Northern Ireland tightened their grip on second spot in qualifying Group F.

• Kyle Lafferty scores twice to bring his Group F haul to five
• Northern Ireland secure fourth win in five qualifying matches
• Berat Sadik notches his first international goal in stoppage time
• Finland forward Teemu Pukki suffers defeat on 25th birthday
Next qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Romania, Finland v Hungary (13 June)

Kyle Lafferty struck twice as Northern Ireland claimed their fourth victory from five UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches to ensure they stayed second in Group F. 

With both sides hoping to reach their first UEFA European Championship final tournament, an open game unfolded – and Michael O'Neill's team took advantage. Lafferty scored with a fine volley in the 33rd minute before adding another with an accurate header five minutes later. 

Finland's Teemu Pukki was celebrating his 25th birthday and looked to be enjoying it with a couple of lively runs in the early stages, before the first chance fell to the hosts as goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky produced a good save from Jamie Ward. 

There was nothing Hradecky could do soon after as Oliver Norwood's free-kick was cleared to Niall McGinn who headed across the face of goal for Lafferty to sweep in the opener. Lafferty then doubled the lead to bring his tally to five goals in qualification with a fine header from Conor McLaughlin's cross.

Northern Ireland began to play with even more confidence after the break, though Finland remained a threat as they flooded players forward in attack. McGinn had an excellent close-range opportunity to add a third and Lafferty spurned the chance for a hat-trick before he was taken off with cramp. Substitute Berat Sadik then prompted a nervy finish for the hosts by registering his first international goal after Roy Carroll was unable to hold Roman Eremenko's stoppage-time shot.

Last updated: 02/06/15 2.56CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013939/postmatch/report/index.html#lafferty+strikes+twice

Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Finland

Finland

1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
12
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
2
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
5
J. EvansJonny Evans
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
Substitution46
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card63
7
EremenkoRoman Eremenko
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution64
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution70
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
Substitution46
14
SparvTim Sparv
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Goal33
Goal38
Substitution79
16
MattilaSakari Mattila
11
BruntChris Brunt
Yellow Card67
18
UronenJere Uronen
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
19
RingAlexander Ring
19
WardJamie Ward
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution43

Substitutes

23
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
1
MäenpääNiki Mäenpää (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
23
H. MoisanderHenrik Moisander (GK)
3
D. LaffertyDaniel Lafferty
5
MorenValtteri Moren
9
McKayBilly McKay
6
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution46
8
LodRobin Lod
14
DallasStuart Dallas
Substitution64
9
SadikBerat Sadik
Substitution70
Goal90+1
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
11
RiskiRiku Riski
17
McNairPaddy McNair
13
RaitalaJukka Raitala
18
HughesAaron Hughes
15
LamThomas Lam
20
McCulloughLuke McCullough
17
KaukoJoni Kauko
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
Substitution79
20
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
Substitution43
Yellow Card70
22
GriggWill Grigg
22
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
Substitution46
Yellow Card79

Coach

Michael O'Neill (NIR) Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

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