Tuesday September 6, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished A Le Coq Arena

Estonia 4 - 1 Northern Ireland

  • Vunk 28’
  • Kink 32’
  • Zenjov 59’
  • Saag 90’
  • Piiroja 40’ (o.g.)

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - N Ireland hammered, Italy qualify

    Euro 2012 qual. - N Ireland hammered, Italy qualify

    Northern Ireland's chances of qualifying for Euro 2012 are all but over after a crushing 4-1 defeat away to Estonia in Group C in Tallinn. More

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    • Estonia
    • Northern Ireland
    • - Estonia have kept their faint hopes of qualification alive. Northern Ireland will be bitterly disappointed with their performance tonight. An opportunity missed as they lose further ground in the table.
    • 90+3 And that fourth goal proves to be the last kick of the game. Northern Ireland's chances of qualifying for Euro 2012 appeat to be over. Defensive mistakes have cost them dearly. Final score Estonia 4-1 Northern Ireland.
    • 90+2 GOAL! ESTONIA 4-1: Saag completes Estonia's rout. McAuley deflects a cross from the left towards Camp who parries the ball away but only as far Vassiljev on the right who sets up Saag up on the six yard box. He takes one touch and then blasts into goal to finish the job. This is a goal that could have been prevented. Estonia remarkably have four!
    • 90+1 Yet another mistake from keeper Camp, getting in the way of defender McAuley.
    • - The three points are surely safe with Estonia. A brilliant performance tonight
    • 90' The fourth offical has put up his board. Three additonal minutes to be played.
    • 87' ESTONIA SUB: Saag on for Kink
    • 85' Northern Ireland are having plenty of the ball but are struggling to do anything productive going forward.
    • 83' Despite the 3-1 score line the 1,200 fans that have travelled from Northern Ireland have been terrific tonight.
    • 81' Fabulous strike from Vassiljev from at least 35-yards out. Camp tips it away.
    • 79' Northern Ireland resort to long ball tactics now. Can they salvage something from this game late on?
    • 78' Zenjov tries the spectacular with an over-head kick. What an impact he has made since coming off from the bench.
    • 74' Snap shot by McCann from 25-yards out. Right idea but not enough to get past the keeper.
    • 73' Estonia have been really impressive tonight. They have clearly taken their chances well in front of goal.
    • - Free kick way too deep from Brunt. Disapointing.
    • 70' Foul by Kruglov on Brunt.
    • 67' Nigel Worthington really going for now. A slight change of formation with Davies playing in a more advanced role alongside the two substitutes.
    • 66' Great run in the box from Zenjov, skipping past the defence. Shot deflected for a corner kick.
    • 64 Northern Ireland SUB: Feeney on for McGinn. McQuoid on for Healy
    • 63 Lee Camp is really having a troubled night in goal for the Irish.
    • 62' ESTONIA SUB: Purje on for Puri
    • 59' GOAL! ESTONIA 3-1: Another horrendous error from the Northern Ireland defence. Awful touch from McAuley after Puri's llooping header in the box hits the post. Zenjov was quick to react to extend Estonia's lead.
    • - The last time Northern Ireland came back from two goals down was against Scotland in 1958.
    • 55' Cathcart with a half chance in the box sacring the Estonia defence. Corner kick given.
    • 54 Corner kick for Estonia taken by Vassiljev. Headed away by Brunt
    • 52' ESTONIA SUB: Zenjov on for Ahjupera
    • 51' Great tempo of the game in the opening minutes of the second half
    • 49 Healy tries in vain to scrap the ball in. Suspicion of a foul from the keeper. Looks a penalty kick to me.
    • 47' Audacious shot from some distance by Kink. Surely he did not think he was going to surprise Lee Camp again from that distance.
    • 46' Northern Ireland really have to take the game to the Estonians if they are to get a result.
    • 45' The second half is underway.
    • - It is also half time in the game between Serbia and Faroe Islands in Group C. The Serbs lead 2-1.
    • 45' Half time whislte blown by the ref. Entertaining action. Estonia lead 2-1.
    • 44' Estonia under a bit of pressure now after conceding that goal.
    • 43' Healy header disallowed for offiside. Flag raised early.
    • 41' Lovely piece of play by McCann. Left foot strike save well by the Estonian stopper.
    • 40' Just the response Nigel Worthington was looking for from his men. This goal will boost their confidence.
    • 40' GOAL! 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND: Own goal by Piiroja. What a lifeline for the Irish.
    • 39' Yellow card shown to Rähn for a foul on Brunt.
    • 36' Things are just not happening in the final third for the away side.
    • 35' Just over 10 minutes till half time. Northern Ireland will be looking to get back into the game.
    • 32' GOAL! 2-0 ESTONIA: Tarmo Kink from 35-yards! Nightmare few miniutes for Northern Ireland. Lee Camp must do better in goal. Awful mistake.
    • 28' The home side breaking the deadlock with their first attempt on goal.
    • 28' GOAL! 1-0 Estonia: Estonia take the lead. Vunk striking the ball to the far corner of the net.
    • 26' Northern Irelan ought to bring more bodies in the box from set pieces.
    • 26' Corner for Northern Ireland. Dealt with in the air by keeper Pareiko .
    • 24' McGinn with a shot on goal. High and wide.
    • 23' Davies ball in for McCann, who could not find enough contact in the air.
    • 22' Free kick wasted by Brunt
    • 21' McGinn sandwiched by three defenders, free kick given.
    • 19 Rare touch of the ball from the Estonia keeper.
    • 18' Safety first for Clingan lumping the ball high and long away from danger.
    • 16' Mistake by Piiroja allowing a break for the visitors. Attack however short lived, Estonia win the ball back well.
    • 14' Foul by Brunt. Free kick taken early by Estonia.
    • 13' Estonia are pressing well at the moment. Can Northern Ireland find a way in?
    • 11' Teasing cross in from the left by Kruglov.
    • 9' Good ball in from McGinn but Healey is unable to capitalise.
    • 8' Estonia finding their way into the game, cleaver passes in the middle of the park.
    • 6' Another free kick for the home side Klavan falling to the ground.
    • 5' Foul by McAuley resulting in an Estonia free kick.
    • 3' Northern Ireland get an early set piece. Foul by Enar Jääger bringing down Chris Brunt.
    • 2' Good spell of possession from the away side. They will have to be more adventurous than Friday's display.
    • 1' The first half is underway! Northern Ireland in green kick off, Estonia in blue.
    • - Tonight's referee is Daniel Stålhammar of Sweden.
    • - Northern Ireland have two enforced changes in personnel for tonight's game. Sammy Clingan has recovered from a virus and slots into central midfield, while Niall McGinn also starts. Brothers Jonny and Corry Evans are both suspended after receiving their second yellow cards of the campaign on Friday.
    • - TEAMS: ESTONIA: Pareiko, Rahn, Piiroja, Jaager, Klavan, Vunk, Puri, Vassiljev, Kruglov, Kink, Ahjupera...SUBS: Kotenko, Purje, Saag, Stepanov, Teniste, Zenjov, Palatu. /// NORTHERN IRELAND: Camp, Baird, Cathcart, Hughes, McAuley, Davis, Clingan, McGinn, McCann, Brunt, Healy... Subs: Taylor, Feeney, McQuoid, McGivern, Gorman, Carson, Little
    • - Nigel Worthington: "Estonia won’t be easy. They won on Friday night and will be lifted by that. We have to get our tails up and be prepared. We have lost the two Evans boys and we have to see where Sammy (Clingan) is. I was disappointed for the players, first and foremost, on Friday night. They put a real shift in and they had to work hard against a very good side, especially in the first half. We came out and had a lot of the second half which is pleasing.”
    • - Tonight's game in Tallinn will be the first competitive meeting between the two nations, but Northern Ireland have won both the previous friendly matches 1-0.
    • - Nigel Worthington saw his side Northern Ireland side lose 1-0 at home to Serbia on Friday. Estonia come into the game on a high after Ats Purje's late strike gave them a 2-1 win in Slovenia.
    • - Top spot in the group and automatic qualification looks too much to ask, with leaders Italy favourites for that, but second place and the play-off that comes with it is up for grabs. Northern Ireland currently sit 5th in the group after seven games. Estonia, meanwhile have had a mixed bag of results so far in the qualifying campaign. They currently sit 4th in Group C on 10 points after eight games.
    • - It is certainly getting to crunch time in Group C with Northern Ireland in contention to qualify for their first major championship since 1986.
    • - Join us here for live coverage of Northern Ireland's clash against Estonia - we will start comments at 18:45 with the match kicking off at 19:30
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    Manager: Tarmo Rüütli

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    Manager: Nigel Worthington

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