Magennis scores late winner as NI beat Kosovo
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Magennis scores late winner as NI beat Kosovo


Vedat Muriqi scored the opening goal for Kosovo

Josh Magennis headed home an injury-time winner as Northern Ireland came from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 at Windsor Park.

Gavin Whyte, who had hit an 82nd-minute equaliser, crossed for Magennis to head home in the 93rd minute as Northern Ireland ended a 14-game winless run in the Nations League.

Vedat Muriqi had fired Kosovo, ranked 106th in the world, into the lead in the 58th minute with a superb finish from the edge of the area.

The visitors’ goal came minutes after Dion Charles saw an effort ruled out for offside as Ian Baraclough’s side struggled to break down Kosovo, who won the reverse fixture 3-2.

Magennis had a header brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by Arijanet Muric as Northern Ireland pressed for an equaliser. That came when Whyte slotted home from close range after good work by fellow substitute Shayne Lavery, before Magennis clinched the win.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Northern Ireland

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 17McNair
  • 5Evans
  • 4Flanagan
  • 3LewisSubstituted forFergusonat 77′minutes
  • 13EvansSubstituted forWhyteat 76′minutes
  • 2Bradley
  • 8DavisSubstituted forMcCannat 90+2′minutes
  • 6SavilleSubstituted forThompsonat 67′minutes
  • 14CharlesSubstituted forLaveryat 76′minutes
  • 21Magennis

Substitutes

  • 9Lavery
  • 10Balmer
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Hazard
  • 15Thompson
  • 16McCann
  • 18Whyte
  • 19Lane
  • 20Charles
  • 22Brown
  • 23Southwood

Kosovo

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Muric
  • 2Hadergjonaj
  • 5FazlijiBooked at 44mins
  • 3Aliti
  • 21Rrudhani
  • 9Celina
  • 20Dresevic
  • 8MuslijaSubstituted forLoshajat 78′minutes
  • 7RashicaSubstituted forZeneliat 69′minutes
  • 18Muriqi
  • 11RashaniSubstituted forBytyqiat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ujkani
  • 6Kryeziu
  • 10Zeneli
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 14Emërllahu
  • 15Dellova
  • 16Bekaj
  • 17Krasniqi
  • 19Loshaj
  • 22Domgjoni
  • 23Bytyqi

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