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Ten-man Northern Irish snatch Hungary draw

Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 23.00CET
Northern Ireland 1-1 Hungary
Kyle Lafferty struck late on to earn a draw that leaves the hosts on the verge of UEFA EURO 2016 despite Chris Baird's earlier red card.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Windsor Park

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Match statistics

Northern IrelandHungary

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts8
 
9
on target5
 
2
off target2
 
6
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
1
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
19
Fouls suffered19
 
14

Standings

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Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 23.00CET

Ten-man Northern Irish snatch Hungary draw

Northern Ireland 1-1 Hungary
Kyle Lafferty struck late on to earn a draw that leaves the hosts on the verge of UEFA EURO 2016 despite Chris Baird's earlier red card.

  • Kyle Lafferty scores late to cancel out Richárd Guzmics' first goal for Hungary
  • Chris Baird booked twice for incidents in same phase of play
  • Michael O'Neill's men miss chance to become fourth side to qualify for UEFA EURO 2016
  • Hungary stretch unbeaten run to seven group games
  • Next games: Northern Ireland v Greece, Hungary v Faroe Islands (8 October)

Kyle Lafferty pounced on an error from Gábor Király three minutes into stoppage time to earn leaders Northern Ireland a share of the qualifying Group F spoils in Belfast.

The home side began the night with hopes of sealing a win and, with it, qualification for UEFA EURO 2016. Those aspirations were dampened when Richard Guzmics struck 16 minutes from time, then apparently dashed when Chris Baird saw red not long after. Lafferty's intervention, though, leaves the Northern Irish with a one-point cushion at the top of the table.

Although Northern Ireland dominated the opening exchanges, Balázs Dzsudzsák was first to threaten as his low drive flashed wide. Clear chances were at a premium for Michael O'Neill's team yet they continued plugging away and started the second half with renewed purpose, Lafferty twice going close to connecting with passes.

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Richard Guzmics makes it 1-0

The game opened up, Zoltán Gera hinting at a breakthrough before Zsolt Kalmár tested Michael McGovern's palms with a vicious free-kick. Suddenly Hungary were on top and – unlike Northern Ireland – they made it count as McGovern spilled Dzsudzsák's free-kick and Guzmics knocked in the rebound from close range.

The hosts' night duly went from bad to worse as Baird was booked twice for two fouls within the same phase of play – France next summer all of a sudden felt far away. Lafferty edged his country back closer, though, reacting first when Király failed to hold on and rifling a shot into the roof of the net.

Northern Ireland can seal progress at home to Greece in Belfast next month, though they will be without Lafferty after he was booked here. Third-placed Hungary, who remain three points shy of Romania in second, will be at home to the Faroe Islands.

Last updated: 09/09/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014009/postmatch/report/index.html#lafferty+snatches+draw

Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Hungary

Hungary

1
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
1
KirályGábor Király (GK)
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
Yellow Card72
3
LeandroLeandro
Yellow Card41
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
4
KádárTamás Kádár
5
J. EvansJonny Evans
5
FiolaAttila Fiola
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card81
Red Card81
6
ElekÁkos Elek
Substitution22
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák (C)
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card10
Goal90+3
9
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Substitution68
11
BruntChris Brunt
10
GeraZoltán Gera
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution56
11
NémethKrisztián Németh
Yellow Card89
Substitution89
14
DallasStuart Dallas
Substitution84
13
KalmárZsolt Kalmár
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
Substitution75
20
GuzmicsRichárd Guzmics
Yellow Card19
Goal74

Substitutes

23
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
12
DibuszDénes Dibusz (GK)
12
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
22
BogdánÁdám Bogdán (GK)
3
FergusonShane Ferguson
Substitution84
2
LangÁdám Lang
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution56
8
BódiÁdám Bódi
9
GriggWill Grigg
14
LovrencsicsGergő Lovrencsics
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
15
BošnjakPredrag Bošnjak
17
McNairPaddy McNair
16
A. NagyÁdám Nagy
Substitution22
18
HughesAaron Hughes
17
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
19
McKayBilly McKay
18
StieberZoltán Stieber
20
CathcartCraig Cathcart
19
PriskinTamás Priskin
Substitution68
Yellow Card85
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
Substitution75
21
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
Substitution89
22
LaveryCaolan Lavery
23
MárkvártDávid Márkvárt

Coach

Michael O'Neill (NIR) Bernd Storck (GER)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Çem Satman (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution