World Cup qualifiers: Poor second half sees NI undergo disappointing loss to Bulgaria

Liverpool’s Conor Bradley made a powerful first begin for Northern Eire

Northern Eire’s slim World Cup qualification hopes have been ended as a second-half collapse noticed them lose 2-1 to Bulgaria in Sofia.

A Conor Washington objective within the thirty fifth minute, awarded after a prolonged VAR evaluate, gave Ian Baraclough’s males a deserved one-goal lead at half-time.

Nevertheless, NI regarded sluggish after the break and two fantastic strikes from Todor Nedelev gained it for the hosts.

Northern Eire drop right down to fourth in Group C, with Bulgaria overtaking them.

Baraclough’s males went into the competition figuring out that solely a victory would maintain alive their small hopes of ending second within the group and securing the World Cup play-off place that it brings.

Nevertheless, with Tuesday’s defeat coming three days after a controversial loss to Switzerland – who beat Lithuania in Group C’s different fixture on Tuesday – Northern Eire are actually 9 factors behind the second-placed Swiss with solely two qualifiers left to play towards Lithuania and Italy at in Belfast.

Washington’s objective for Northern Eire got here from an outstanding curling cross from the correct by Paddy McNair that was met by Josh Magennis, whose header was too near goalkeeper Ivan Karadzhov, who saved effectively.

The ball dropped to Washington who fired house the rebound however the objective was dominated out for offside earlier than being awarded after a VAR evaluate confirmed the striker to be onside.

Bulgaria began the second half strongly and Nedelev equalised with a fantastic left-foot strike within the 53rd minute and the identical participant hit the winner 10 minutes later, this time discovering the highest nook from 20 yards with a wonderful left-foot roller.

Extra to comply with.

Line-ups

Bulgaria

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 23Karadzhov
  • 2Turitsov
  • 5Hristov
  • 3Hristov
  • 21Velkovski
  • 4TsonevSubstituted forIlievat 45′minutes
  • 18Chochev
  • 8NedelevSubstituted forYankovat 73′minutes
  • 14TsonevSubstituted forMalinovat 73′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 19IlievSubstituted forKrastevat 80′minutes
  • 11DespodovSubstituted forBozhikovat 90+3′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lukov
  • 6Karagaren
  • 7Yankov
  • 9Delev
  • 10Kirilov
  • 12Vitanov
  • 13Vutsov
  • 15Bozhikov
  • 16Malinov
  • 17Krastev
  • 20Iliev
  • 22Iliev

Northern Eire

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2BradleySubstituted forJonesat 68′minutes
  • 4BallardBooked at 69minsSubstituted forMcGinnat 82′minutes
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5Flanagan
  • 11Ferguson
  • 17McNair
  • 8Davis
  • 15Thompson
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forCharlesat 82′minutes
  • 21MagennisSubstituted forDallasat 67′minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 7McGinn
  • 10Charles
  • 12Hazard
  • 13Winchester
  • 14Dallas
  • 16Jones
  • 18Smyth
  • 19McCalmont
  • 22Brown
  • 23Hughes

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