NI fall to defeat after last-gasp Austria goal

Northern Ireland lost out to Austria at Windsor Park on Sunday. Credit: Presseye

Northern Ireland fell to defeat at the hands of Austria in their Nations League game in Belfast on Sunday, when the visitors grabbed the winning goal in the last minute.

The home side had been hoping to get something from the game, after battling back from a goal down.

Corry Evans celebrates after scoring for Northern Ireland against Austria. Credit: Presseye

The teams had been still been locked in a scoreless draw at half-time, but it was Austria that found a way to get on the scoreboard first.

Xaver Schlager put his team in front nine minutes into the second half.

There was, however, an equaliser from Corry Evans to reignite Northern Ireland’s hopes.

Corry Evans' goal gave NI a chance to salvage the game. Credit: Presseye

It was in extra time though that Austria struck again, with that winning goal from Valentino Lazard.

Michael O’Neill’s men have therefore had to end their Nations League campaign on a disappointing note, having lost all four of their games.

The NI team were left frustrated by the result after a poor Nations League run. Credit: Presseye

Meanwhile, a local businessman who suffered racist abuse by football fans after Northern Ireland's game against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park in September attended Sunday's game at the invite of the Irish FA.

Ali Askir, who owns a local Indian restaurant and founded the Irish Curry Awards, had tweeted at the time about his experience of having his car surrounded and kicked.

He later told UTV: “People were thumping on my vehicle, kicking my tyres and calling me racial abuse, giving me racial chanting. And then some of them tried to pull the door open.

“I’m not very easily frightened, but I was quite frightened and I was panicking a little bit …”

Mr Askir posted a picture on Twitter after Sunday's game, having enjoyed his experience and met NI legend Pat Jennings.