Nations League: Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria


NI keeper Trevor Carson was beaten as Austria snatched victory seconds from the end of the match

A Valentino Lazaro goal with the last kick of the game won the Nations League clash for Austria against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

It was a heartbreaking end after what had been a positive performance from Michael O’Neill’s side.

They looked set for their first point of the competition when Corry Evans hit a 57th-minute equaliser after Xaver Schlager’s goal eight minutes earlier.

Northern Ireland have lost all four matches in the new Uefa competition.

The hosts knew they were relegated from the Nations League Group B3 before Sunday’s kick-off but they had wanted to try to end 2018 on a high – and the home fans will have recognised their efforts to do so.

After a first half in which there was little between the sides, Austria took a 49th-minute lead after an impressive left-wing move.

The late goal was a cruel blow for Northern Ireland who have now won only twice in their last 13 matches

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba cleverly left the pass inside and Schlager swept home a low left foot shot into the bottom corner for his first international goal.

Evans’ equaliser was his second goal for Northern Ireland and came 45 games after his first in 2010.

George Saville pressed well in midfield and the ball came to Jordan Jones on the left wing, who slipped it inside to Evans whose deflected left-foot shot deceived goalkeeper Heinz Lindner.

More to follow.

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