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Poland 1 - Northern Ireland 0

Sunday, 12th June

Thirty years since their last appearance at a major championship, Northern Ireland looked to snuff out the Lewandowski threat and maybe spring a surprise of their own in the sunny South of France.

Of course, Northern Ireland are not Gibraltar. They might not win games by defending deep, but it's a good way to try not to lose them, while frustrating the other team in the process.

Not a shot on target for the Northern Irish, but that didn't seem to be the game plan.

Half-time: Poland 0 - Northern Ireland 0

The Polish weren't frustrated though and came out in the second-half determined to continue where they left off. It didn't take them long to force Northern Ireland to change their tactics.

Jakub Blaszczykowski, on the right, cut the ball back for Arkadiusz Milik in the middle. The Ajax forward fired the ball through the legs of Craig Cathcart and past Michael McGovern.

Northern Ireland couldn't find an answer as Poland finally won a game at the European Championships, in their seventh attempt.

Group C in Nice.

Travel to Poland Travel to Northern Ireland

Final Score: Poland 1 - Northern Ireland 0

1:0 (Arkadiusz Milik, 51)

1-Wojciech Szczesny;
20-Lukasz Piszczek, 15-Kamil Glik, 2-Michal Pazdan, 3-Artur Jedrzejczyk;
16-Jakub Blaszczykowski, 10-Grzegorz Krychowiak, 5-Krzysztof Maczynski, 21-Bartosz Kapustka;
7-Arkadiusz Milik, 9-Robert Lewandowski.

Northern Ireland:
1-Michael McGovern;
20-Craig Cathcart, 4-Gareth McAuley, 5-Jonny Evans, 2-Conor McLaughlin;
6-Chris Baird, 17-Paddy McNair, 16-Oliver Norwood, 3-Shane Ferguson;
8-Steven Davis, 10-Kyle Lafferty.

Euro 2016 in France.

Michel - Founder of TravelNotes.org and Meta-Travel.com