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Double disappointment for Rovers pair

There were defeats for Corry Evans and Lewis Thompson last night

11 October 2019

It was a night of frustration for a pair of Northern Ireland internationals as Corry Evans and Lewis Thompson fell to defeats.

Evans played for 87 minutes for the Northern Ireland senior team against the Netherlands last night in Rotterdam.

Despite some heavy pressure from the hosts throughout, it was the visitors who took the lead through Hull striker Josh Magennis' close range header from a Stuart Dallas cross with 15 minutes remaining.

But that slender advantage lasted only five minutes as ex-Manchester United forward Memphis Depay poked home to level the scores up.

Northern Ireland looked like they had ridden the Dutch storm, but giant frontman Luuk De Jong prodded into the back of the net in injury time to break hearts and put the home side in command.

A third goal arrived soon after, and it came via Depay again, who was picked out by Barcelona playmaker Frenkie De Jong before calmly slotting under Bailey Peacock-Farrell to ensure three points went to Ronald Koeman's side.

The result sees Holland leap to top of Group C, with Northern Ireland slipping to third in the order. However, Michael O'Neill's side are level on points with the Dutch and second placed Germany, with each of the nations currently holding 12 points.

Earlier in the day there was frustration for Thompson, who was out in Denmark representing Northern Ireland's Under-21s side.

The left back played the full 90 minutes in the Euro Under-21s qualifier, with Denmark taking the lead on the half hour mark thanks to Andreas Poulsen.

It was a lead that the hosts took into half time, but Ian Barraclough's side battled back and grabbed an equaliser on 57 minutes through Jake Dunwoody at the Aalborg Stadium.

But just as it looked like it would end all square, Jens Odgaard popped up with the winning goal with four minutes remaining.

The results means Northern Ireland Under-21s are still searching for their first win in Group H having drawn two and now lost one of their opening three games.

Both Evans and Thompson will hope to be named in their respective squads for the next international break in November.


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