Northern Ireland 0-1 Austria: Michael Gregoritsch’s first-half winner extends hosts’ wait for win

Report and highlights as Michael Gregoritsch’s first-half header condemns Northern Ireland to seventh game without a Nations League win as Steven Davis becomes most-capped British outfield player in 121st game for his country

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Sunday 11 October 2020 21:56, UK

Northern Ireland’s wait for a first Nations League win goes on after Michael Gregoritsch’s first-half header saw Austria beat them 1-0 at Windsor Park.

After the visitors had missed a glut of early chances, Gregoritsch made amends by beating Michael McGovern with a close-range header three minutes before half-time to give Austria a deserved lead at the break.

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Northern Ireland, who had battled so valiantly in their Euro 2020 play-off win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night, looked out of sorts and barely improved after half-time, with Jonny Evans’ simple header one of few efforts to come close to testing goalkeeper Pavao Pervan.

Liam Boyce, who had proven their penalty shoot-out hero in Sarajevo last week, flashed an effort wide from a tight angle in the second minute of added time, but Northern Ireland ended up with the result their poor performance had deserved as their run of games without a first Nations League win was extended to a seventh match.

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Northern Ireland are back in action on Wednesday, visiting Norway live on Sky Sports Mix from 7.30pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm.

Austria visit Romania at the same time – their game is on the Sky Sports Football Red Button from 7.40pm.

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