NATIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Northern Ireland held to a draw by Cyprus

NATIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Northern Ireland held to goalless draw in Cyprus, leaving them winless after their first two matches, while North Macedonia and Malta pick up away victories

  • Northern Ireland failed to find a breakthrough against Cyprus on Sunday
  • They have earned just a single point from their first two Nations League games
  • North Macedonia managed to secure a comfortable away win in Gibraltar 
  • Malta picked up a 2-0 win against San Marino in Group 2 of League D 

Northern Ireland were held to a 0-0 draw by Cyprus on Sunday in their second match of the Nations League. 

Ian Baraclough’s side were looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Greece on Thursday in their first match of the competition.

However, it was the hosts who came closest to opening the scoring in the first half when defender Fanos Katelaris thumped a long-range effort against the crossbar. 

A hard-fought contest between Cyprus and Northern Ireland ended goalless

Ian Baraclough’s team failed to score for the second consecutive Nations League match

Cyprus came close again to going in front just after the hour mark, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell stood tall to deny substitute Marinos Tzionis. 

Northern Ireland had moments of their own, with Shayne Lavery and Ali McCann squandering chances late on as they had to settle for a point.

Elsewhere, goals in either half from Enis Bardhi and Boban Nikolov helped North Macedonia ease to a 2-0 victory in Gibraltar.

Malta beat San Marino on Sunday afternoon to start their Nations League campaign on a high

They have now collected four points from their opening two games in Group 4 of League C. 

Meanwhile, Malta got their Nations League campaign off to the perfect start by beating San Marino 2-0 in Group 2 of League D.

Second-half goals from Jan Busuttil and Matthew Guillaumier sealed a convincing win away from home. 




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