14 August 2013

586: 14 August 2013

14th August 2013. KO: 19:45 BST
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 1 - 0 RUSSIA (RUS) (H/T 1-0)

Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 11,805
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Goals: NIR: Paterson 43


NORTHERN IRELAND: 4-4-1-1 (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
Carroll; D. Lafferty _, McAuley, Cathcart, McGinn [C. Evans 83], Davis, Paterson _ [Grigg 86], Ferguson, Norwood, Hughes, Ward.
Unused subs: McGovern (gk), Taylor (gk), McGivern, Magennis, McCann, Bruce, McKay, O'Connor, Hodson

RUSSIA: (all red)
Manager: Fabio Capello (ITA)
Captain: Igor Denisov
Akinfeev; Anyukov, Ignashevich, Denisov, Dzagoev [Cheryshev 46, Samedov 52], Kerzhakov [Dzyuba 46], Berezutskiy, Shirokov, Bystrov, Faizulin; Kombarov. 
Unused subs: Gabulov (gk), Ryzhikov (gk), Shchennikov, Kozlov, Dyakov, Granat, Glushakov, Ryazantsev, Samedov, Cheryshev, Ionov, Dzjuba

Pre-Match:
Irish FA
Northern Ireland Squad:
Goalkeepers: Carroll (Olympiacos), Mannus (St Johnstone), McGovern* (Falkirk), Taylor (unattached)
Defenders: Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), D Lafferty (Burnley), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull City), Hodson* (MK Dons)
Midfielders: Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Newcastle Utd - on loan at Birmingham City), C Evans (Blackburn), McGrant (Peterborough), O'Connor* (Rotherham)
Forwards: Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness CT), Paterson (Huddersfield), K Lafferty (Palermo), Ward (Derby), Magennis* (Aberdeen)
* late call-ups

Russia Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgy Shchennikov (all CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Vitaly Diakov (Rostov), Alexei Kozlov (Kuban Krasnodar), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow)
Midfielders: Igor Denisov, Alexei Ionov, Oleg Shatov (all Anzhi Makhachkala), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan), Viktor Faizulin, Roman Shirokov, Vladimir Bystrov (all Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Forwards: Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid/ESP)

Match Programme/Ticket:

Tickets for the original match remained valid
Match Photos:
Roy Carroll, Gareth McAuley, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Lafferty, Aaron Hughes
Oliver Norwood, Niall McGinn, Jamie Ward, Steven Davis, Martin Paterson, Shane Ferguson
(courtesy of Roy Cathcart)
Post Match:
BBC
Sky Sports
UEFA
football.co.uk
NI Stats
DailyMail

Match Highlights:

Notes: 
  • This match was originally meant to be held on 22nd March, but was postponed due to snow.
  • Daniel Lafferty's booking means that he will be suspended for the next match, against Portugal.
  • Russia were 16th in the FIFA rankings prior to this match and Northern Ireland were 109th.

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