EURO 2016: Northern Ireland beat Ukraine

EURO 2016: Northern Ireland beat Ukraine


Gareth McAuley’s header and a stoppage-time strike by substitute Niall McGinn helped Northern Ireland beat Ukraine to earn their first win at a European Championship.

West Brom defender McAuley got on the end of Oliver Norwood’s perfectly delivered free-kick for the crucial 49th-minute opener.

After the players were withdrawn because of a hailstorm, McGinn followed up Stuart Dallas’ fierce shot to make sure of a famous victory and revive hopes of progressing to the last 16.

Michael O’Neill’s men know they cannot finish bottom of Group C now as Ukraine remain without a point.

However, after losing their opening match to Poland, they may still need a draw against Germany in Paris on Sunday.