Northern Ireland winning trend end against Romania
Northern Ireland initiated their Euro’s 2016 journey with 3 successive victories against Hungary, Faroe Islands and Greece but their undefeated run reached its end after Romania blasted 2 goals past the Irish team in a match that ended in a 2-0 scoreboard with Romania claiming the victory.
Romania appeared to be the better team from the start of the match as the hosts launched warning shots from the early stages of the game but Northern Ireland somehow managed to not concede a single goal until the final moments of the 2nd half when Romania’s Paul Papp scored twice within 6 minutes.
Paul Papp was at the right time at the right moment as the ball landed to his area at the 74th minute after a cross was launched in and Papp was just within the distance that he needed to pick up the ball and score the opening goal of the game. Papp netted the 2nd and last goal of the match a few moments later when he connected with a cross that was delivered by his teammate Sanmartaen and slammed it into the back of the net.
This was the first defeat of Northern Ireland as Romania gathered all the points they needed to jump into the top spot of Group F while the Irish side are following them closely behind with 1 point less.
Corry Evans of Blackburn Rovers played for 78 minutes for this match and he stated that this defeat against Romania was a huge blow for him and his teammates.
"Everybody in the dressing room was absolutely gutted and exhausted. We gave our all but it just wasn't good enough against the best team in the group. Yes, they put us under a lot of pressure and we were forced on the back foot for large parts of the match, but I honestly believed we were going to hold out for draw and a great point. All the players are shattered. It's terrible when you put so much effort in and don't come away with anything. We're all very disappointed. It's very hard to take but that's football." Corry Evans said after the match reached its end.