4 October 2011

575: 7 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011. KO: 19:45 BST
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 1 - 2 ESTONIA (EST) (H/T 1-0)

Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referees: Markus Häcker (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)
Fourth Official: Babak Rafati (GER)
Goalscorers: NIR Davis (22); EST Vassiljev (77 pen, 84)

NORTHERN IRELAND: 4-5-1 (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Manager: Nigel Worthington (Game 40. Won 9, Drew 10, Lost 21)
Captain: Steven Davis (Game 3. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3)
Camp Yellow Card75, Hodson, Cathcart Yellow Card76, McAuley Yellow Card90+2, Baird, Clingan [Substitution32 C. Evans], Davis, McCann [Substitution83 Healy], Lafferty Yellow Card53 [Substitution69 Feeney],  McCourt, Brunt
Unused Subs: Taylor, McGivern, McGinn, Little


ESTONIA:  (blue shirts, black shorts, white socks)
Manager: Tarmo Rüütli
Captain: Raio Piiroja
Pareiko, Piiroja, Klavan, Jaager, Stepanov, Kruglov, Dmitrijev, Puri [Substitution57 Purje], Vunk, Kink [Substitution65 Vassiljev], Ahjupera [Substitution46 Zenjov Yellow Card48]
Unused Subs: Londak, Reintam, Saag, Teniste

PRE-MATCH:
Northern Ireland Squad:
BBC
Goalkeepers: Maik Taylor (unattached), Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) 
Defenders: Jonathan Evans# (Manchester United), Ryan McGivern (Manchester City - on loan at Crystal Palace), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Hughes# (Fulham), Lee Hodson (Watford), Conor McLaughlin* (Preston North End)
 Midfielders: Chris Baird (Fulham), Grant McCann (Peterborough United), Niall McGinn (Celtic - on loan at Brentford), Jonny Gorman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Corry Evans (Hull City), Steven Davis (Rangers), Sammy Clingan (Coventry City), Pat McCourt (Celtic), Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), Oliver Norwood * (Manchester United - on loan at Scunthorpe United)
Forwards: Warren Feeney (Plymouth Argyle), David Healy (Rangers), Jamie Ward# (Derby County), Kyle Lafferty (Rangers), Josh McQuoid# (Millwall), Andrew Little* (Rangers - on loan at Port Vale)

# Player withdrawn through injury/illness.
* Late call-up.

Estonia Squad:
Goalkeepers: Artur Kotenko (Ravan Baku - AZE), Pavel Londak (Bodø/Glimt - NOR), Sergei Pareiko (Wisła Kraków - POL)
Defenders: Alo Bärengrub (Nõmme Kalju), Enar Jääger (Aalesund - NOR), Gert Kams (Flora Tallinn), Ragnar Klavan (AZ - NED), Karl Palatu (Flora Tallinn), Raio Piiroja (Vitesse - NOR), Mikk Reintam (JJK Jyväskylä - FIN), Andrei Stepanov (Gomel - BLR), Tihhon Šišov (FK Khazar Lankaran - AZE), Taijo Teniste (Sogndal - NOR)
Midfielders: Aleksandr Dmitrijev (Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast - RUS), Dmitri Kruglov (Rostov - RUS), Sander Puri (Lombard-Pápa - HUN), Ats Purje (Ethnikos Achna - CYP), Konstantin Vassiljev (Amkar Perm - RUS), Martin Vunk (Nea Salamis Famagusta - RUS)
Forwards: Jarmo Ahjupera (Győri ETO - HUN), Tarmo Kink (Middlesbrough - ENG), Kaimar Saag (Silkeborg - DEN), Sergei Zenjov (Karpaty Lviv - UKR)

Match Reports:
BBC
UEFA
Match Photos:
BBC

Match Programme/Ticket:
Notes:
  • Steven Davis was given the honour of captaining the side to mark his fiftieth cap.
  • Long-time captain Aaron Hughes had announced that he would be retiring from international football at the end of the Euro 2012 campaign. Injury subsequently ruled him out of the squad, denying him what would have been his final caps.
  • Kyle Lafferty's booking was his second of the competition meaning that he will be suspended for the next match.
  • This result meant that Northern Ireland have no chance of qualifying for the Euro 2012 Finals in Poland & Ukraine.

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