Corry Evans has spoken of the ‘special’ scenes he savoured following Northern Ireland’s historic 2-0 victory over Ukraine.
Having been an unused substitute in Northern Ireland’s opening group game against Poland, the Rovers midfielder started the match against Ukraine alongside his elder brother Jonny.
By doing so, the duo became the first brothers to play for Northern Ireland at a major tournament finals.
“It was unbelievable,” said Corry.
“Personally, for myself, it was great to be playing and be involved in a game of that magnitude, but to share it with my brother was something special.
“We had our family and friends – plenty of them – in the crowd, so to have them there as well and even just to get the win, the whole night was brilliant.”
Corry admits that Jonny was slightly overwhelmed by the occasion at the final whistle.
“He got emotional,” Corry added. “He started crying and hugging me. I was saying ‘what are you crying for, we’ve just beaten Ukraine’ and he just couldn’t speak. He was just in tears. The emotion got to him.
“He’s obviously the emotional one in the family. I’m a bit colder. But what a night. It’s one I’ll never forget.”
And having experienced a night like that, Corry insists that there is a desire within the group for a repeat performance when Northern Ireland come up against World Champions Germany on Tuesday.
“You get the taste for it and you want more,” said the 25-year-old.
“Hopefully we can add to it and get another win or another positive result and qualify out of the group.”