Finland deliver early blow to NI's Euro hopes

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By Mark SterlingBBC Sport NI

Last updated on Less than a minute ago.From the section Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland were left to rue a series of missed chances as Finland delivered an early blow to their Euro 2024 qualification hopes with a 1-0 win in Belfast.

A scrappy first-half goal from Benjamin Källman gave the Finns their first Group H points.

NI's Dion Charles had a goal disallowed for handball early in the second half soon after substitute Josh Magennis had blazed over.

NI beat San Marino 2-0 in their opener.

That away victory had added to the positivity that had engulfed the camp since Michael O'Neill was appointed for a second spell in charge, and meant they went into his first game back at Windsor Park in a positive frame of mind.

A 17,900 home crowd gave the side and manager great vocal backing throughout a game that Northern Ireland created enough goalscoring opportunities to win.

An inability to score goals has long been a problem for the side, even for parts of O'Neill's successful first reign, and it once again proved costly against a team who lost 3-1 to top seeds Denmark in their group opener on Thursday.

More to follow.


Northern Ireland

Formation 3-5-2

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Formation 4-4-2

1Hrádecky17AlhoSubstituted forTaylorat 87'minutes2Väisänen4Ivanov3JensenBooked at 48minsSubstituted forPeltolaat 52'minutes8Lod11Schüller6Kamara15SuhonenSubstituted forSoiriat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins21KällmanSubstituted forPohjanpaloat 87'minutes10PukkiSubstituted forForssat 70'minutes



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Match ends, Northern Ireland 0, Finland 1.

Second Half ends, Northern Ireland 0, Finland 1.

Glen Kamara (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Price (Northern Ireland).

Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Price (Northern Ireland).

Pyry Soiri (Finland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pyry Soiri (Finland).

Dion Charles (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robin Lod (Finland).

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Patrick McNair (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Robert Ivanov (Finland).

Conor Bradley (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Dion Charles (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ciaron Brown.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution, Finland. Joel Pohjanpalo replaces Benjamin Källman.

Substitution, Finland. Robert Taylor replaces Nikolai Alho.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Nikolai Alho.

Foul by Marcus Forss (Finland).

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