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04/06/16
Štadión Antona Malatinského City Arena
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Slovakia
  • Northern Ireland
  • McNairMcLaughlin
    90'
  • FergusonHodson
    86'
  • KuckaNemec
    84'
  • NorwoodEvans
    84'
  • DurišDuda
    65'
  • MakStoch
    65'
  • LaffertyWashington
    55'
  • McNair
    49'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Slovakia
  • Northern Ireland
  • WardMagennis
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Slovakia
  • Northern Ireland
  • CathcartHughes
    30'
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Slovakia - Northern Ireland
International friendlies - 4 June 2016

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FULL-TIME! Northern Ireland hold Slovakia to a 0-0 draw. Michael O'Neill's side are now 12 games unbeaten and go to France in great form.

90' 

Three minutes of added time to play.

89'
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland sub: McNair is replaced by Conor McLaughlin on for Northern Ireland.

88' 
Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill is preparing another change as we approach the 90 minute mark.

87' 

The visitors have been rock solid in defence this evening but they're not keeping possession long enough at the moment, which is inviting pressure from the hosts.

85'
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland sub: Lee Hodson is on for Shane Ferguson for the final few minutes.

84' 

Northern Ireland are camped inside their own half as Slovenia throw men forward in search of a winner.

83'
Slovakia

Slovakia sub: Adam Nemec replaces Kucka.

82'
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland sub: Norwood is replaced by Corry Evans.

81'
Northern Ireland

CHANCE! A cross from McNair is almost headed into his own net by Skrtel but Kozacik makes an instinctive stop to keep the scores level!

79'
Slovakia

CLOSE! Pekarik stays onside this time as he delivers a ball across the face of goal but Hamsik just can't grow enough to get a touch.

78' 

The hosts are beginning to up the tempo as we approach the final 10 minutes. They haven't really tested the Northern Ireland goalkeeper in the second period.

77'
Slovakia

More frustration for Slovakia as full-back Pekarik collects a pass inside the penalty area but he's in an offside position.

76' 

Northern Ireland will enter the European Championships as the form team if they can hold on for a draw this evening, making it 12 games unbeaten. They're a 500-1 shot at winning the competition...

75' 

But there's plenty left to play for in the final 15 minutes. Northern Ireland will be proud if they can hold Slovakia to a draw this evening. The hosts have been poor in attack however, which begs the question - just how did Germany concede three times to this team?

73' 

You can tell the fans are rather bored when the Mexican waves start...

72' 
Northern Ireland

The corner is played too close to Kozacik who is able to make the punch.

71' 
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland launch an attack on the break and they force a corner out of the situation.

70' 
Slovakia

Fantastic piece of defending by McAuley as he gets a block in on Hamsik's shot. The hosts win a corner.

69' 
Slovakia

CHANCE! Weiss picks up a position in space at the back post but his first touch is poor and McGovern is able to collect. He's been poor tonight, Weiss.

68'
67' 
Slovakia

Poor defending from the visitors as they can only clear a cross to the edge of the penalty area where Kucka is waiting, he lines up a shot but it's well wide of the target.

66' 
Slovakia

The hosts have been frustrating in attack this evening and another chance goes begging as Duda sends a shot into row-Z from outside the penalty area.

64'
63'
Slovakia

Duris is replaced by Ondrej Duda and Mak makes way for Miroslav Stoch.

62' 
Slovakia

The hosts are preparing their first substitutions in the match...

61'
Slovakia

STAT! Slovakia have only been beaten once in their last 13 home internationals (W10 D2).

60' 
Slovakia

Weiss works his way into a decent area but, not for the first time tonight, his final ball lets him down as he overhits a cross.

59' 

Neither side yet to find a breakthrough as we approach the hour-mark. It's a fairly open contest at the moment.

57' 
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland continue to enjoy a bright spell as Norwood wins a free-kick and the visitors have another opportunity to deliver a cross into the penalty area.

56'
Northern Ireland

SAVE! With what must be his first touch, substitute Washington dinks past Skrtel before forcing Kozacik into a wonderful stop from a tight angle.

55' 
Northern Ireland

Norwood delivers a dangerous free-kick into the home penalty area but it evades all of his team mates.

54'
Northern Ireland

Lafferty is subbed - hopefully as a precaution - and is replaced by Conor Washington.

53' 
Northern Ireland

Another injury concern for Northern Ireland as Lafferty is down and looks in pain.

52' 
Slovakia

Kucka tries his luck from 20 yards, but his effort deflects off his own team-mate Duric and goes wide.

51' 

Northern Ireland have done themselves proud so far, considering Germany conceded three goals to this impressive Slovakia side last Sunday.

50'
49' 
Slovakia

Brave goalkeeping by McGovern who collects an inviting cross from Weiss.

48'
Northern Ireland

The first yellow card is shown to McNair for a late tackle on Weiss. Slovakia have a chance to swing the ball into the penalty area now.

47'
Slovakia

CHANCE! Hrosovsky slices Northern Ireland's defence open with a lovely through ball to Weiss but he can't apply the finishing touches as he blasts over the bar!

46'

Northern Ireland get us underway at the second-half. Michael O'Neill has made one change - Ward is replaced by Josh Magennis.

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HALF-TIME!

45'+1
Northern Ireland

CHANCE! Baird steps up and his daisy cutter causes Kozacik to spill the ball but he manages to swipe the ball away from the feet of Lafferty at the last moment!

45' 
Northern Ireland

And they win a free-kick now in a dangerous area as Skrtel fouls Ward around 25 yards from goal...

44' 

Northern Ireland are keeping possession well as we approach the half-time whistle.

43' 
Slovakia

Fantastic defending from Ferguson as he puts just enough pressure on Mak to cause him to miss a header at the back post.

41'
40' 
Slovakia

Weiss forces a corner as Slovakia look to end the first-half with a flourish.

39'
Slovakia

CHANCE! A top drawer save from McGovern denies Slovakia - Mak bursts through one-on-one but the goalkeeper stands tall and makes a vital stop.

38' 
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland would surely take a draw this evening - as long as they pick up no more needless injuries. Everyone connected will be hoping the substitution of Craig Cathcart is precautionary.

37' 

The corner doesn't come to anything.

36' 
Northern Ireland

The visitors force a corner as they enjoy a bright spell in the match.

35' 
Northern Ireland

It's a terrible delivery from Norwood, however.

34' 
Northern Ireland

Lafferty does well to relieve some pressure as he wins a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Northern Ireland have a chance to test the home defence now.

33' 

The hosts are well on top at the moment but Northern Ireland are standing firm in defence.

32' 
Slovakia

McAuley does well to get in front of Hamsik's powerful shot as Slovakia win a corner.

31'
30' 
Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill is forced to make a change in defence then. What an occasion for Hughes, though he won't have expected to have been introduced this early.

29'
Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND SUB! Aaron Hughes makes his 100th appearance as he replaces the injured Cathcart in defence.

28' 
Slovakia

Desperate defending from Baird as he gets across to make a last-ditch challenge on Duris who was about to unload from close range after wriggling his way into the penalty area.

27' 
Northern Ireland

McAuley also appears to have picked up a knock. This is the last thing Northern Ireland need.

26' 
Northern Ireland

Cathcart is now on the ground and this could be the end of his match. The worried faces amongst the away support says it all. He leaves the pitch to receive treatment.

25' 

The game is beginning to take a bit of shape now.

23' 
Northern Ireland

A lovely touch by Lafferty allows him time and space to get a shot away from 25 yards but it's well, well wide.

22' 

Cathcart is now hobbling in Northern Ireland's defence. This is a friendly but the tackles from Slovakia have been anything but.

21'
20'
Slovakia

CHANCE! A wonderful chances for Slovakia goes begging - Hrosovsky is given too much space as he picks out Duris in space at the back post but the forward isn't brave enough to make a connection and the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.

19' 
Northern Ireland

Jamie Ward has been thoroughly lively in attack so far but he's not quite on the same wavelength as Davis as his pass is overplayed.

18' 

NASTY! Kucka catches Evans with a late tackle. The referee doesn't show a yellow card but he ought to, friendly or not.

17' 

Lafferty has been tightly marked by Liverpool man Skrtel so far and the defender has dealt with the Northern Ireland forward quite comfortably so far.

16'
15' 
Northern Ireland

I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the Northern Ireland fans as Lafferty doesn't need treatment and is running freely now.

14' 
Northern Ireland

Lafferty appears to be hobbling for Northern Ireland and this is a major concern for Michael O'Neill. He may have struggled for playing time at Norwich this season but the forward played a key role in his country's qualification.

13'
Slovakia

WIDE! Weiss goes close for Slovakia but the chance is squandered. McNair is robbed by Svento in his final third, he tees up the former Rangers man inside the penalty area but he blasts wide of the post.

12'
11' 
Northern Ireland

Here's a bizarre stat for you - the last time Northern Ireland won a friendly, Paddy McNair was only 11 years old!

10' 

We've had a lively opening 10 minutes to the match. Slovakia have dominated possession but Northern Ireland should be ahead through Lafferty.

9' 

No signs of a friendly match here as Ferguson is caught by a late and rash challenge. The referee keeps his cards in his pocket.

8' 

That was a massive opportunity for Northern Ireland and they should really have a penalty.

7'
Northern Ireland

CHANCE! McNair does brilliantly to pick out Lafferty in the penalty area, the striker strikes first-time at goal but the ball is blocked by the arm of Pekarik! Lafferty immediately appeals for a penalty but the referee signals play on.

5'

Carl is hoping for a Northern Ireland knock-out tonight...

4' 
Northern Ireland

Striker Kyle Lafferty is being used as a target man in the opening minutes as his team mates try to pick out the Norwich City forward with long balls from defence.

3' 
Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill's side is playing a 3-5-2 formation this evening - a tactic which has worked wonders in the recent past.

2' 

The hosts have controlled possession in the opening minutes. This is going to be a stern test for Northern Ireland.

1'

KICK-OFF! Slovakia get us underway.

19.40 

We're just about read for kick-off at the City Arena as the teams make their way onto the pitch. This is a final chance for these players to impress their managers so we should be in for an intriguing night of football.

19.35

TEN MINUTES TO KICK-OFF! Here's an insightful pre-match stat to get you into the mood:

Northern Ireland have not won an away friendly international since August 2006 and have only scored once in 13 games since that victory (against Wales in March).

19.30

Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland boss: "One of the reasons why I took the game against Slovakia was because I feel they are on a par with Poland and Ukraine. I suppose after last week's win over Germany they are now on a par with them too. It's the type of tough game we need going into the finals. Slovakia are an experienced team with top players who play in the top leagues all over Europe."

19.25 
Slovakia

For England fans, this is a chance to catch a glimpse of Group B opponents Slovakia. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik are the dangermen and both start this evening as boss Jan Kozak makes just two changes from the side which beat Germany on Sunday.

19.20 
Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill names a strong starting XI as Northern Ireland face their final warm-up friendly before the Championships. Jamie Ward is given the nod in attack alongside Kyle Lafferty. Michael McGovern beats off competition from Roy Carroll to take the number one jersey. Aaron Hughes could make his 100th appearance off the bench.

19.15 

Slovakia: Kozacik, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Svento, Kucka, Hamsik, Hrosovsky, Mak, Weiss, Duris.

19.15
19.10 

Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE commentary of the Euro 2016 warm-up clash involving Slovakia and Northern Ireland. Team news to follow. Kick-off is 7.45pm.