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Northern Ireland marked the opening of the newly-revamped Windsor Park with a comfortable 4-0 win over San Marino on Saturday ev Antworten

Northern Ireland marked the opening of the newly-revamped Windsor Park with a comfortable 4-0 win over San Marino on Saturday evening. Wholesale Air Max 1 . Steven Davis dispatched his penalty after Josh Magennis had been bundled to the ground by two defenders and substitute Kyle Lafferty grabbed a brace, before his assist helped Jamie Ward smash in a third.Mirko Palazzi was shown two yellow cards either side of the break for needless challenges to make life harder for the minnows as Northern Ireland went third on four points in Group C. FIFA president Gianni Infantino officially opened the new national stadium and it was rocking well before the kick-off, as the home crowd belted out Neil Diamonds 1969 hit Sweet Caroline to welcome the sides onto the field. The likes of world champion boxer Carl Frampton and golf superstar Rory McIlroy performed a lap of legends to the 18,234 fans in attendance. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The theme of the game became abundantly clear from the first whistle, as Northern Ireland took the game to the lowly visitors - ranked 201 in the FIFA rankings. Shane Ferguson and Jamie Ward were in their element on either wing, as time and time again, they delivered telling balls into the box, but their endeavour went unrewarded with striker Josh Magennis unable to get on the end of some excellent crosses. Steve Davis (L) of Northern Ireland shoots at Aldo Simoncini (R) of San Marino during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Southampton midfielder Davis was industrious, linking the play together and the breakthrough finally came when Magennis was blatantly fouled, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Up stepped Davis and although Aldo Simoncini guessed the right way, he was unable to prevent it from going into the bottom corner. While the task at hand seemed difficult to say the least in the first half, it would become pretty much impossible for San Marino in the second, when, after Michael McGovern had gathered in a high ball and looked to release Stuart Dallas, he was needlessly impended by Palazzi.The San Marino No 7, who had already been booked for a reckless tackle on Niall McGinn in the first half, was soon sent packing. Michael O’Neill says there is still plenty for Northern Ireland can improve upon despite beating San Marino 4-0 in Group C. With one eye possibly on the huge game against world champions Germany on Tuesday in mind, ONeill - who had left talisman Lafferty on the bench - turned to the Norwich striker to put the game out of sight.Minutes after his introduction, he duly grabbed a goal. Exchanging passes with Davis, he fed Ferguson out on the left and his wicked cross found Laffertys clever run into the box and he tucked the ball home. Kyle Lafferty was disappointed to be dropped from the team against San Marino but the striker hopes his two goals will boost his chances for a recall. Ward smashed in the third after Lafferty had flicked on the cross from Shane Ferguson and excellent footwork from man-of-the-match Davis ended with his flicked pass being smashed home for Lafferty to grab his second with virtually the last kick of the game.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Cheap Air Max 1 Mens . Pironkova, who was ranked outside the top 100 despite reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 2010, beat three top 10 players in Sydney, 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Kerber. Cheap Air Max 1 Free Shipping . -- Even as Chris Paul remained evasive about his future, he did what team leaders are expected to do. . -- Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.VANCOUVER -- John Herdman says Canada isnt good enough to win the womens World Cup at the moment, but the teams head coach adds it "absolutely" will be by the time the country hosts the tournament in 2015. Herdman made the comments on Friday morning at an event to mark the one-year countdown to the FIFA showcase that will be played in six cities across Canada. "At this point, no. Ill be blunt about that," Herdman said when asked if Canada is good enough to win the tournament right now. "In a years time, yes absolutely. Were close. Were getting closer. "We are getting closer in many things, but were not quite there yet. Thats why weve got a year to get that ready." Those preparations include a friendly for the senior team against Germany on June 18 in Vancouver and the womens under-20 World Cup, which Canada will host in August. Herdman predicted Canada would play the United States in the womens World Cup final on July 5, 2015, at B.C. Place Stadium, and made no apologies when a reporter suggested that might be a bold proclamation. "Youve got a home World Cup in Canada, youve got one chance to do this for the country," said Herdman. "It might never come around in our lifetimes again, so what are you going to say? Oh were going to go try our best? Were always going to try our best. You expect anyone who pulls a Canadian shirt on to do that. If weve got one chance to do this, were going to go try and win it. "Were not going to hide from that." The challenge for Herdman and his staff is one that has plagued Canadian coaches of both the mens and womens teams for years -- where is the offence going to come from? The team has relied on star striker Christine Sinclair since way back in 2000, but she will need help if Canada is going to have any chance of raising the womens World Cup trophy on home soil. "Its the little details now of scoring goals. We know that well defend as a team," said Herdman. "We know that well fight and well battlle. Cheap Air Max 1 Sale. Its about the craft now against those top teams of carving out more opportunities and scoring goals. Weve been working towards that." Canada, currently ranked seventh in the FIFA rankings, was named as the host country for the womens World Cup more than three years ago and Herdman said the pressure is beginning to ramp up with just 12 months to go. "Im starting to get those pre-wedding day nerves now ... cant run away from this one," the Englishman said with a laugh. "It is getting real and its intensifying in our environment as well. Youre starting to get serious about the squad, identifying people that need to be on the bus, starting to look at how we absolutely make sure we leave no stone left unturned. "Its almost like the big exams are coming around the corner and people are really starting to focus in now and get their heads into what its going to take." One of the players Herdman is high on for the upcoming under-20 tournament is defender Kadeisha Buchanan. The 18-year-old from Toronto has already played for the senior team and will be a big part of Canadas chances this summer, and quite possibly again in 2015. "I smile every time I talk about Kadeisha because shes just a kid that loves it," said Herdman. "She absolutely loves it and no challenge is too big, nothings too stressful. She just loves her sport. Shes had a tough background and she appreciates everything she gets." Canada won bronze at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but it was the controversial semifinal loss to the United States that grabbed the nations attention. Herdman is hoping next summers group will create some new memories, beginning with his teams first game a year from Friday at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium. "Well be ready to connect the country again around some amazing moments," said Herdman. "Well laugh together, well chew our fingernails together, well cry together ... and hopefully this time it will be tears of joy." ' ' '

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