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Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
MATCH ZONE | Northern Ireland defeat Belarus in Women's Euro qualifier

RESULT: Belarus 0-1 NI (Furness 42)

Northern Ireland senior women took all three points against Belarus in a crucial UEFA Women's Euro qualifier in Minsk on Tuesday.

The 1-0 win for Kenny Shiels' squad moved them up to third in Group C and within reach of second-placed team Wales - and crucially with a game in hand.

Rachel Furness scored the only goal of the game after she headed home from a Demi Vance corner three minutes before the break. The goal came at a crucial stage in the match with Northern Ireland down to 10 players after goalkeeper Jackie Burns saw red with just 27 minutes on the clock.

The result means the players still have their sights firmly set on securing a play-off spot for the Euros - which are set to be staged in England in 2022.

VIDEO | Rachel Furness gives her reaction to win over Belarus

Match report | Get the lowdown on our win over Belarus

Full report here

HOW THINGS STAND IN GROUP C

Here's a look at how things stand in Group C. After Tuesday night's clash at the Dinamo Stadion, Northern Ireland welcome Belarus to Belfast (27 November) before hosting Faroe Islands on 1 December.

POST-MATCH REACTION

We've claimed seven points from our last nine and momentum is starting to gather. We've two home games now and the match against Belarus will be difficult. 

They showed Northern Ireland spirit tonight, they dug in ... and they have been training really, really hard to get into this position. 

We were more inventive than Belarus, we had more imagination than them. I'm not saying we're a better team but on the night we displayed that skillset and we totally deserved to win the game. - Kenny Shiels, Northern Ireland senior women's team manager

 

Your Northern Ireland senior women's team to face Belarus! 

This afternoon's starting XI and the team remains unchanged from the 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands last month 

WHAT THEY SAID

'The outcome of this game will dictate if we’re still in the race for that runners-up spot. And that’s how important it is' - Kenny Shiels, senior women's manager

'We do have the belief in squad and collectively we have to go into it with a positive mindset that we're going to win the game' - Marissa Callaghan

Senior Women's boss Kenny Shiels on Belarus test

WATCH ALL SIX GOALS FROM TORSHAVN

Kenny Shiels secured his first win as Northern Ireland senior women's boss with an emphatic victory over the Faroes in September. Watch all six goals from the success in Torshavn.

Senior Women's squad announcement