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Frankfurt frustration for Evans

It was an evening of disappointment in Germany for Corry Evans and Northern Ireland

20 November 2019

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Northern Ireland's final Euro 2020 Qualifier ended with a humbling defeat against Joachim Low's Germany in Frankfurt.

Although Michael Smith's early scorcher put the visitors ahead, Germany hit back in stunning style to record a huge 6-1 win to confirm their spot at the top of Group C.

A hat-trick from Bayern Munich attacker Serge Gnabry put the hosts in command, before club mate Leon Goretzka added a brace.

There was still time for a sixth goal on the night, which came through Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt as the Germans completed the rout in the final minute.

Evans, who made his 59th cap for his country, appeared for 65 minutes in Frankfurt.

With Wales beating Hungary 2-0 to qualify for the finals, it means Michael O'Neill's men will be away to Bosnia-Herzegovina in their first play-off match in March.

Northern Ireland, who lost twice to Bosnia in the Nations League, would face the Republic of Ireland or Slovakia in the play-off final.

Evans will now return to East Lancashire to train and prepare for this weekend's home showdown with Barnsley at Ewood Park.

Elsewhere, Lewis Thompson came on as a substitute for Northern Ireland Under-21s in their 0-0 draw with Romania Under-21s, whilst Jack Vale was an unused substitute for Wales Under-21s against Bosnia's Under-21s.

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