Northern Ireland claimed their first competitive home win since March 2019 with a 1-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying Group C.
Ian Baraclough’s side won 4-1 when the teams met in September but their qualification campaign tailed off with back-to-back defeats to Switzerland and Bulgaria ending their hopes of a play-off place.
This fixture was all about playing for pride and gaining some momentum and Baraclough got the desired response as Benas Satkus’ unfortunate own goal on 17 minutes was enough for victory.
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It was a fully-deserved win for Northern Ireland following a highly-energetic and committed display where Ali McCann and Josh Magennis had goals ruled out for marginal referee decisions.
The result lifts Northern Ireland into third place in Group C on goal difference with a final-day clash with Italy to come on Monday night at Windsor Park.
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It does net get much tougher next up for Northern Ireland as they end their campaign with a home fixture against European champions Italy on Monday, kick-off at 7.45.