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Northern Ireland 1-2 Slovakia (aet): Duris strikes in extra time to seal Euro 2020 spot

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Northern Ireland v Slovakia Match Report, 12/11/2020, EC Qualification | Goal.com

Northern Ireland 1-2 Slovakia (aet): Duris strikes in extra time to seal Euro 2020 spot

22:20 GMT 12/11/2020

Juraj Kucka

Slovakia qualified for back-to-back European Championships as an extra-time goal saw off Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland fell short of qualifying for their second ever European Championships as Michal Duris’ extra-time goal helped Slovakia to a 2-1 win in a Euro 2020 play-off final in Belfast on Thursday. 

Ian Barraclough’s side had lost two Nations League games since their semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Bosnia-Herzegovina last month and they started slowly at Windsor Park, falling behind to Juraj Kuckar’s 17th-minute strike. 

They clawed their way back into the game three minutes from full-time, though, when Paddy McNair’s low cross was diverted into his own net by Milan Skriniar. 

But there was to be no fairytale ending for the hosts as Duris powered home in the 110th minute to help Slovakia qualify for back-to-back European Championships and inflict a seventh defat in 11 games on Baraclough’s side.