RTL Today – Friendly match (1-3): Luxembourg won against Northern Ireland

For their first match of the year, the Luxembourg selection lost to Northern Ireland at Luxembourg Stadium (1–3) on Friday evening.

There is definitely reason to be disappointed. On Friday evening, Luke Holtz’s men cracked in the last ten minutes against Northern Ireland (1-3) during a friendly that marked their return to the lawn at Luxembourg Stadium this year. As part of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, 2021 ended with a dry defeat against Ireland (0–3). 2022 starts almost the same way against this other nation of United Kingdom.

As we headed for a draw to reward Luxembourg’s efforts after a complicated start to the match, McGuin adjusted a dangerous cross to the right, Luxembourg territory. Charles, interrupted by Marvin Martins, fails to retrieve the ball but Davies was looking to deceive a disorganized Luxembourg defense (83rd, 1-2), Bamboo hit on Luxembourg’s head.

Proof: Two minutes later, White took advantage of Mahmutovic’s poor control, on a pass from Chanot, to run towards a goal protected by Anthony Morris. The Luxembourg defense failed to hold up and an Oxford United player tripled the lead (85th, 1-3).

Complicated start and end of the match

Too bad as Luke Holtz’s men reacted well after signing opener Magnis in the 16th minute. Luxembourg’s defensive mistakes were summarized in this action, which dismissed the Northern Irish striker with a good shoulder against Maxim Chanot. right side only, Magnis then proceeded to open the scoring from a tight angle (0-1) in the center of a steady defense.

The Luxembourgers then slowly raised their head, put their foot on the ball, tried their luck fifteen times in the first period. But after the break, they managed to equalize. On a corner very well hit by Sinani, Martins saw the ball hit his forehead almost by surprise after being deflected from a header by Cathcart. In any case, Luxembourg drew and was not ineligible (58th, 1-1). The ending, unfortunately, would have been more disappointing four days before the trip to Bosnia, where Luxembourg will play their second friendly on Tuesday evening.

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Then, it will be a question of focus on the League of Nations: integrated into League C of this competition, Luxembourg selection will face Lithuania (4 June), Faroe Islands (7 June), Turkey (11 June) and again Faroe. Island (June 14).

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