Northern Ireland’s dreams of Euro 2020 qualification were shattered since yesterday they were defeated by the Netherlands. The match ended with the score 3-1.
In the first half, both teams were not playing very actively. NI played in a disciplined way at their goal, cleared the ball away as soon as possible and did not allow the Netherlands to create dangerous moments. The Koeman’s team played quite primitively, though they were holding the ball more.
In the second half, at the seventy-fifth minute, Josh Magennis scored the first goal. However, NI was ahead only for five minutes. At the eightieth minute, Memphis Depay scored the equalizer. During injury time, the score turned into 3-1. At the ninety-first minute, Luuk de Jong's goal gave the Netherlands the lead. At the ninety-forth minute, Depay’s brace solidified the Netherlands’ lead.
Thanks to this win, the Dutch will lead the group. They, as well as another European football giant Germany, are likely to be automatically qualified from the Group C.
As mentioned earlier, Germany hosted a friendly match with Argentina. The game ended with the score 2-2.
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