Northern Ireland beaten by Austria in Nations League, Belarus reach play-offs

          Northen ireland beaten by Austria

Valentino Lazaro scored an injury-time winner as Austria beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in their Nations League dead rubber in Belfast, as Belarus secured a Euro 2020 play-off spot.

                          

Northern Ireland had already been relegated from Group B3, while Austria were guaranteed to finish second.

 

Michael O’Neill’s hosts wasted a number of first-half chances at Windsor Park and were made to pay in the 49th minute when Xaver Schlager swept the Austrians ahead

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Corry Evans’ deflected strike drew the Northern Irish level just eight minutes later.

 

But Hertha Berlin winger Lazaro finished off a blistering counter-attack with a magnificent curling shot into the top corner after being picked out by Marko Arnautovic.

 

Elsewhere, Belarus edged to a 2-0 win over San Marino to wrap up promotion from Group D2, ending Luxembourg and Moldova’s slim hopes as they played out a 1-1 draw in Chisinau.

 

 

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