LYON: Courtesy to goals from Gareth McAuley and Magennis, Northern Ireland creates history by winning their first ever game in the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 beating Ukran 2-0.
The Gaurdian wrote after the match “That was absolutely no fluke. Ukraine were the weaker side and created nothing of note. Northern Ireland’s opener was the product of a beautiful delivery and a fantastic, monster of a header.
“Their second was the embodiment of optimism and daring, as the refusal to let the match die out with 30 seconds of time-wasting at the corner flag was tremendously and deservedly rewarded.”
After this phenomenal win, Gerath McAuley talked to ITV and stated that nobody was giving Northern Ireland a chance but they proved it.
Nobody’s given us a chance. Loads of people were saying we couldn’t get a point. We weren’t at it against Poland but tonight was a lot better. We’re delighted for everyone and these supporters. It’ll sink in over the next few days, but the team performance was pleasing tonight. We’ve got a tough game to look forward to, but we’ve got something to play for and that’s what we wanted. We let ourselves down against Poland but we put it right.
You know, it’s pleasing. It’s good. Tough game ahead, but we’re delighted. The lads will take confidence in it, because we’ve been written off, really.