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Steven Davis penalty miss against Holland denies Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill glorious swansong at Windsor Park

Steven Davis penalty miss against Holland denies Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill glorious swansong at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland had begun the game at breakneck speed, pressing with intensity and, although Holland hit the crossbar through Steven Berghuis early on, they were second best. It was inevitable that the home side would not be able to maintain that pace, though, and the Dutch, and midfielder Frenkie De Jong – initially well marshalled

Northern Ireland had begun the game at breakneck speed, pressing with intensity and, although Holland hit the crossbar through Steven Berghuis early on, they were second best. It was inevitable that the home side would not be able to maintain that pace, though, and the Dutch, and midfielder Frenkie De Jong – initially well marshalled by Corey Evans and Davis – slowly began to assert control without ever really threatening Northern Ireland’s goal. A draw felt about right in the end, but what a missed opportunity this was for Davis, and O’Neill. 

Team details

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, Corry Evans, Cathcart, Jonny Evans, Lewis, McNair, Davis, Saville, Dallas, Magennis, Whyte.
Subs: Lavery, Ferguson, McGinn, Thompson, Smith, Carson, Donnelly, Flanagan, McGovern, McLaughlin, Boyce, Lafferty. 

Holland: Cillessen, Veltman, de Ligt, van Dijk, Blind, de Roon, Frenkie de Jong, Berghuis, van de Beek, Promes, Babel.
Subs: Dumfries, Bizot, Boadu, Propper, Ake, Stengs, Weghorst, Strootman, van Aanholt, Luuk de Jong, Zoet, Wijnaldum. 





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