N.Ireland’s Win Streak Broken by Croatia: 0-3

تم نشره في Wed 16 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
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Northern Ireland suffered a first defeat in 11 home games as Mario Mandzukic, Duje Cop and Andrej Kramaric goals gave Croatia a 3-0 friendly win.

Mandzukic poked home a scrappy goal after goalkeeper Alan Mannus pushed out an angled shot into the six-yard box and the home defenders failed to clear.

An experimental home side went further behind when Cop stabbed in from two yards out after being left unmarked.

Kramaric scored with a stunning 25-yard shot into the top corner.

The result ended Northern Ireland's run of six friendly matches unbeaten.

The hosts had made Windsor Park something of a fortress in recent years, winning eight and drawing two of their last 10 fixtures at home, conceding only three goals.

Their last reverse in Belfast was in September 2013, when they lost 4-2 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, before work began on their newly reconstructed National Stadium.